What is the meaning of the word “great” in Acts 8:9?


In the book of Acts 8:9 says that ”there was a man named Simon, claiming to be someone great.” What is the meaning of the word “great”? Please, give me an answer. Thank you.

Before I give the answer, I want to quote the whole verse.

Now there was a man named Simon, who formerly was practicing magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great. (Acts 8:9)(NASB)

The New Testament was written in Greek and the English word “great” is the Greek word MEGAS, meaning something great, important, significant. So, this pagan magician Simon said about himself that he was a great, important man.

God totally condemns the practice of witchcraft. Those who have practiced or still practice it or those who have turned to sorcerers must hasten to repent of their sins.

Translated by Felicia Rotaru