Acts 4

1Peter and John were talking to the people. The priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them. 2They were angry at Peter and John because they taught the people. They were angry because they told them that Jesus was brought back from death. 3They caught them and put them in prison until the next day, because it was already evening. 4But many of the people who heard them speak the word of God, believed what they said. The number of men who believed was about five thousand.

5The next day their rulers, leaders, and scribes met in Jerusalem. 6Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and all of the high priest’s family were there also. 7Peter and John were brought before them. They asked the apostles, ‘By what power or in what name have you done this?’ 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘Rulers of the people and leaders of Israel, have you brought us to court today because of the good thing that was done to the lame man? Do you want to find out how he was healed? 10Well, let it be known by all the people of Israel. This man standing before you is healed by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He has done this. You nailed him to a cross, but God raised him from death. 11Jesus Christ is the stone which you, the builders, would not use. But he is now the chief corner stone. 12No one else can save us. Of all the people in the world, God chose him to save us. It is by him we must be saved.’ 13They saw that Peter and John were not afraid to speak out. They knew that they were like any other men. They did not have much training. So the people were very much surprised. They knew that Peter and John had been with Jesus. 14They saw the man who had been healed standing beside them. So they could say nothing against them.

15They told Peter and John to leave the court. Then they talked the matter over among themselves. 16They said, ‘What shall we do to these men? All the people who live in Jerusalem know about this big work they have done. And we cannot say they did not do it. 17But we do not want any more people to hear about it. So let us say to these men, "Take care! Never speak to anyone in this name again." ‘ 18They called them in and said, ‘Never speak or teach in this name again.’ 19But Peter and John answered them, ‘How does God look at it? Is it right for us to obey you or to obey him? You judge that for yourselves. 20As for us, we must tell the things we have seen and heard.’ 21So the high priest and those with him told them again. Then they let them go. They could not punish them because of the people. They all praised God for what had been done. 22The man who had been healed was more than forty years old.

23When they were free, Peter and John went back to their own friends. They told them all that the chief priests and leaders had said to them. 24When they heard it, they talked to God together. They said, ‘Lord, you are God. You made the sky, and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them. 25Our father David was your servant. Through him you said by the Holy Spirit, "Why are the people who are not Jews so angry? And why do the people plan things for nothing? 26The kings of the earth joined their forces. And the rulers met together against the Lord and his Christ." 27‘It is true that Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with Jews and those who were not Jews here in this city. They met to make secret plans against your holy Son Jesus, whom you made Christ. 28But they only did what you had already planned should be done. 29Lord, hear their words. Listen to the wrong things they say against us. We are your servants. Help us to speak your word without fear. And heal the sick by your own power. Let signs and wonderful things be done in the name of your holy Son Jesus.’ 31When they had talked to God, the room they were in shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. And they spoke the word of God without fear.

32All the believers were one in heart and mind. Not one of them said, ‘This is mine.’ But everything they had was for the use of all. 33With much power the apostles told how the Lord Jesus was raised from death. And God blessed them all very much. 34None of them was in need of anything. Those who owned fields and houses sold them. They brought the money to the apostles. Then the apostles gave each one what he needed. 36There was a man named Joseph, a Levite. He was born in the country of Cyprus. The apostles called him Barnabas. That means "one who helps." 37He had a field and sold it. He brought the money to the apostles and gave it to them.

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