8 但术士以吕马（以吕马就是“术士”的意思）与使徒作对，要使省长转离真道。 9 扫罗，也就是保罗，却被圣灵充满，定睛看着他， 10 说：“你这充满各样诡诈和各样奸恶的人，魔鬼的儿子，公义的仇敌！你歪曲了主的正路，还不停止吗？ 11 你看，现在主的手临到你，你要瞎了眼睛，暂时看不见阳光。”他就立刻被雾和黑暗笼罩着，周围找人牵他的手，给他领路。 12 那时，省长看见了所发生的事，就信了，因为他惊奇主的教训。
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. 9 Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, 10 “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? 11 Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.” Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.
We have the same problem today with many people who make empty promises and blind the eyes of simple people any way they can, so that they cannot see that the Sun of Righteousness has now risen. We must wrestle with such hindrances; though sorcerers are not always around to trouble us, Satan entices our minds in many ways to drive Christ away, and we are too ready to acquiesce. The attractions of the world and our own worldly desires are also like spells that Satan never stops using to overthrow the faith.