The beginning of the persecution by the Jewish religionists
The arrest and inquiry by the Sanhedrin
And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the 1acaptain
of the temple and the 2bSadducees
came upon them,
Being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and announcing 1in
Jesus the aresurrection
from the dead.
And they alaid
their hands on them and placed them
in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.
But many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of men came to about five athousand
And on the next day their rulers and elders and scribes were 1gathered
together in Jerusalem,
As well as Annas the high priest and 1aCaiaphas
and Alexander and as many as were of high-priestly descent.
And they stood them in the midst and inquired, 1By
what power or in what name did you do this?
Then Peter, 1filled
with the Holy aSpirit
, said to them, Rulers of the people and elders,
If we today are being examined regarding a good deed done
to a asick
man, by what means this man has been 1healed
Let it be known to you all and to all the people of Israel that in the aname
of Jesus Christ the 1Nazarene
, whom 2you bcrucified and
from the dead, in this name
this man stands before you in good health.
This is the 1stone
which was 2considered
as nothing by you, the builders, which has become the 3ahead
of the corner.
And there is salvation in no other, for neither is there another aname
under heaven given among men in which we must be bsaved
The Sanhedrin's prohibition
And as they beheld the aboldness
of Peter and John and perceived that they were 1buneducated
men and 2laymen
, they marveled and they recognized them, that they had been with Jesus.
And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against it.
But they ordered them to go away outside the 1aSanhedrin
and conferred with one another,
Saying, What shall we do to these men? For that indeed a notable asign
has occurred through them is manifest to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
But in order that this would not be spread further among the people, let us threaten them that they no longer speak based upon this name to anyone.
And when they called them, they charged them anot
to utter anything
at all nor teach based upon the name of Jesus.
Peter and John's reply
But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you arather
than to God, you judge;
For we cannot but speak the things which we have aseen
The Sanhedrin's release
And when they had further threatened them,
they released them, finding no way that they could punish them on account of the apeople
, because they all were glorifying God for what had happened;
For the man on whom this sign of healing had occurred was more than forty years old.
The church's praise and prayer
And when they had been released, they went to their 1own people
and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
And when they heard this,
they lifted up their
voice with aone
accord to God and said, 1Sovereign
Master, You are the One who has bmade
heaven and earth and the sea and all things in them,
Who, through the Holy Spirit, through
the mouth of our father David Your servant, has said, a
"Why did the Gentiles 1rage
, and the peoples devise vain things?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against aHis
For truly in this city there were agathered
together against Your holy bServant
Jesus, whom You canointed
, both Herod and dPontius
Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
what Your hand and Your counsel 1predestined
to take place.
And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings and grant Your slaves to speak Your word with all aboldness
out Your hand to heal, and that bsigns
and wonders may take place through the cname
of Your dholy
And when they had so
besought, the place in which they were gathered was ashaken
, and they were all 1filled
with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with bboldness
The continuation of the church life
The positive scene
And the aheart
of the multitude of those who had believed was one; and 1not
even one said that any of his possessions was his own, but all things were 2common
And with great apower
the apostles gave 1btestimony
of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great 2cgrace
was upon them all.
was anyone among them in need; for as many as were owners of lands or of houses 1sold them
and brought the proceeds of the things which were sold
And placed them
at the afeet
of the apostles; and it was bdistributed
to each, as anyone had need.
And Joseph, who was surnamed 1aBarnabas
by the apostles (which is translated, Son of encouragement), a bLevite
, a cCyprian
Who possessed a field, sold it
and brought the sum of money and placed it
at the feet of the apostles.