Acts 4

Peter and John Arrested

1As they were speaking to the people, the priests and a  the captain of the temple guard and b  the Sadducees c  came up to them, 2being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming
Or in the case of
,
e  in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3And they laid hands on them and f  put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. 4But many of those who had heard the
Lit word
message believed; and h  the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

5On the next day, their i  rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; 6and j  Annas the high priest was there, and k  Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent. 7When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?” 8Then Peter
Or having just been filled
,
m  filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them,
Lit Rulers of the people and elders
,
o  Rulers and elders of the people,
9if we are
Lit answering
on trial today for q  a benefit done to a sick man
Or by whom
as to how this man has been made well,
10let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that
Or in
,
t  by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom u  God raised from the dead
Or in
by
Or Him
this name this man stands here before you in good health.
11
Lit This One
,
y  “He is the z  stone which was aa  rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone.
12And there is salvation in ab  no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Threat and Release

13Now as they observed the ac  confidence of ad  Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and ae  began to recognize them
Lit that they had been
as having been with Jesus.
14And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. 15But when they had ordered them to leave the
Or Sanhedrin
,
ah  Council, they began to confer with one another,
16saying ai  What shall we do with these men? For the fact that a aj  noteworthy
Or sign
miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
17But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man al  in this name.” 18And when they had summoned them, they am  commanded them not to speak or teach at all
Or on the basis of
in the name of Jesus.
19But ao  Peter and John answered and said to them, ap  Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; 20for aq  we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” 21When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) ar  on account of the people, because they were all as  glorifying God for what had happened; 22for the man was more than forty years old on whom this
Or sign
miracle of healing had been performed.

23When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O
Or Master
Lord, it is You who av  made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them,
25who aw  by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said, ax  Why did the
Or nations
Gentiles rage,
And the peoples devise futile things?
26az  The kings of the earth
Or approached
took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against the Lord and against His
Or Anointed One; i.e. Messiah
,
bc  Christ.’

27For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy
Or Son
,
be  servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both bf  Herod and bg  Pontius Pilate, along with bh  the
Or nations
Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
28to do whatever Your hand and bj  Your purpose predestined to occur. 29“And
Or as for the present situation
now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may bl  speak Your word with all bm  confidence,
30while You extend Your hand to heal, and
Or attesting miracles
,
bo  signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy
Or Son
,
bq  servant Jesus.”
31And when they had prayed, the br  place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all bs  filled with the Holy Spirit and began to bt  speak the word of God with bu  boldness.

Sharing among Believers

32And the
Or multitude
congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them
Lit was saying
claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but bx  all things were common property to them.
33And by  with great power the apostles were giving bz  testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. 34For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses ca  would sell them and bring the
Lit the prices of the things being sold
proceeds of the sales
35and cc  lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be cd  distributed to each as any had need.

36Now Joseph, a Levite of ce  Cyprian birth, who was also called cf  Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of
Or Exhortation or Consolation
,
ch  Encouragement),
37and who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and ci  laid it at the apostles’ feet.
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