Ananias and Sapphira1But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2and with his wife’s knowledge ahe kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and blaid it at the apostles’ feet. 3But Peter said, “Ananias, why has cSatan filled your heart to lie dto the Holy Spirit and eto keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but fto God.” 5When Ananias heard these words, he gfell down and breathed his last. And hgreat fear came upon all who heard of it. 6The young men rose and iwrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.
7After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you ▼
▼The Greek for you is plural heresold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” 9But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together kto test lthe Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11And mgreat fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.
Many Signs and Wonders Done12Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people nby the hands of the apostles. And they were all otogether in pSolomon’s Portico. 13None of the rest dared join them, but qthe people held them in high esteem. 14And rmore than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 sso that they even tcarried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by uat least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, vbringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
The Apostles Arrested and Freed17But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of wthe Sadducees), and filled with xjealousy 18they arrested the apostles and yput them in the public prison. 19But during the night zan angel of the Lord aaopened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20“Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all abthe words of acthis adLife.” 21And when they heard this, aethey entered the temple afat daybreak and began to teach.
Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council, all the senate of the people of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, 23“We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them we found no one inside.” 24Now when agthe captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to. 25And someone came and told them, “Look! The men whom you put in prison ahare standing in the temple and teaching the people.” 26Then aithe captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for ajthey were afraid of being stoned by the people.
27And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28saying, ak“We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you alintend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29But Peter and the apostles answered, am“We must obey God rather than men. 30 anThe God of our fathers aoraised Jesus, apwhom you killed by hanging him on aqa tree. 31God exalted arhim at his right hand as asLeader and atSavior, auto give avrepentance to Israel and awforgiveness of sins. 32And axwe are witnesses to these things, and ayso is the Holy Spirit, azwhom God has given to those who obey him.”
33When they heard this, they bawere enraged and wanted to kill them. 34But a Pharisee in the council named bbGamaliel, bca teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. 36For bdbefore these days Theudas rose up, beclaiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of bfthe census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for bgif this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39but bhif it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You bimight even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, 40and bjwhen they had called in the apostles, bkthey beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41Then they left the presence of the council, blrejoicing that they were counted worthy bmto suffer dishonor for bnthe name. 42And every day, boin the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and bppreaching bqthat the Christ is Jesus.
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