Fate of Ananias and Sapphira1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and a kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife’s ▼
▼ Or collusionfull knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he c laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has d Satan filled your heart to lie e to the Holy Spirit and to f keep back some of the price of the land? 4 “While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not ▼
▼ Or in your authorityunder your control? Why is it that you have ▼
▼ Lit placedconceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but i to God.” 5 And as he heard these words, Ananias j fell down and breathed his last; and k great fear came over all who heard of it. 6 The young men got up and l covered him up, and after carrying him out, they buried him. 7 Now there elapsed an interval of about three hours, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter responded to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land ▼
▼ Lit for so much, n for such and such a price?” And she said, “Yes ▼
▼ Lit for so muchthat was the price.” 9 Then Peter said to her, “Why is it that you have agreed together to p put q the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out as well.” 10 And immediately she r fell at his feet and breathed her last, and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And s great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things. 12 ▼
▼ Lit ThroughAt the hands of the apostles many u signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in v Solomon’s portico. 13 But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however w the people held them in high esteem. 14 And all the more x believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly y added to their number, 15 to such an extent that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by z at least his shadow might fall on any one of them. 16 Also the ▼
▼ Lit multitudepeople from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick ▼
▼ Lit andor afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.
Imprisonment and Release17 But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is ac the sect of ad the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. 18 They laid hands on the apostles and ae put them in a public jail. 19 But during the night af an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, 20 “Go, stand and ▼
▼ Or continue to speakspeak to the people in the temple ▼
▼ Lit all the words, ai the whole message of this Life.” 21 Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple aj about daybreak and began to teach. Now when ak the high priest and his associates came, they called al the ▼
▼ Or SanhedrinCouncil together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought. 22 But an the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back, 23 saying, “We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside.” 24 Now when ao the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what ▼
▼ Lit this would becomewould come of this. 25 But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” 26 Then aq the captain went along with ar the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for as they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned). 27 When they had brought them, they stood them ▼
▼ Lit inbefore au the Council. The high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We gave you av strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and ▼
▼ Lit beholdyet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and ax intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered ay “We must obey God rather than men. 30 az “The God of our fathers ba raised up Jesus ▼
▼ Or on whom you had laid violent handswhom you had bc put to death by hanging Him on a ▼
▼ Lit woodcross. 31 be “He is the one whom God exalted ▼
▼ Or byto His right hand as a ▼
▼ Or Leader, bh Prince and a bi Savior, to grant bj repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 “And we are bk witnesses ▼
▼ One early ms adds in Himof these things; and bm so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
Gamaliel’s Counsel33 But when they heard this, they were bn cut ▼
▼ Or in their heartsto the quick and intended to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee named bp Gamaliel, a bq teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in br the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. 36 “For some time ago Theudas rose up, bs claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. ▼
▼ Lit Who was killedBut he was killed, and all who ▼
▼ Lit were obeyingfollowed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 “After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of bv the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who ▼
▼ Lit were obeyingfollowed him were scattered. 38 “So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or ▼
▼ Or workaction by is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found bz fighting against God.” 40 They ▼
▼ Lit were persuaded by himtook his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they cb flogged them and ordered them not to ▼
▼ Lit be speakingspeak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. 41 So they went on their way from the presence of the ▼
▼ Or Sanhedrin, ce Council cf rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame cg for His name. 42 ch And every day, in the temple and ▼
▼ Or in the various private homesfrom house to house, they ▼
▼ Lit were not ceasing tokept right on teaching and ▼
▼ Lit telling the good news of, cl preaching Jesus as the ▼
▼ I.e. MessiahChrist.
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