The negative scene
a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a piece of property
put aside for himself some of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it. And he brought some part of it
and laid it
at the afeet
of the apostles.
Peter said, Ananias, why has aSatan
filled your heart to deceive the 1Holy bSpirit
and to put aside for yourself some of the proceeds of the land?
it remained, 1was
it not your own? And when it was sold, was it not under your authority? Why is it
that you have 2contrived
this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to 3God
when Ananias heard these words, he afell
down and 1expired
; and great bfear
came upon all those who heard this.
the young men arose and wrapped him up; and carrying him
out, they buried him.
it happened that after an interval of about three hours, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in.
Peter answered her, Tell me whether you have sold the land for this much? And she said, Yes, for this much.
to her, Why is it
that it was 1agreed
between you two
of the 2Lord
? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.
down instantly at his feet and expired. And the young men came in and found her dead; and carrying her
out, they buried her
with her husband.
came upon the whole 1bchurch
and upon all those who heard these things.
The signs and wonders done through the apostles
through the hands of the apostles many 1signs
and wonders took place among the people; and they were all with one aaccord
in the bportico
none of the rest dared to join themselves to them, but the apeople
believers were all the more being added ato
the Lord, bmultitudes
of both men and women,
that they even carried the sick out into the astreets
and placed them
on cots and mats, in order that when Peter came, at least his shadow might bovershadow
some of them.
the multitude from the cities surrounding Jerusalem also came together, carrying the asick
and those troubled by unclean spirits, for such ones were all being healed.
The continuation of the persecution by the Jewish religionists
The Sanhedrin's arrest of the apostles and the Lord's rescue
the high priest and all those with him, the local asect
of the bSadducees
, rose up and were filled with cjealousy
their hands on the apostles and put them in public custody.
during the night an aangel
of the Lord bopened
the doors of the prison, and leading them out, said,
and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the 1awords
when they heard this,
they entered about daybreak into the temple and began to teach. And the ahigh
priest and those with him came up and called together the bSanhedrin
all the council of elders of the sons of Israel, and sent men
to the prison for them to be brought.
when the officers arrived, they did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported,
, The prison we found locked with all security, and the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened the doors,
we found no one inside.
when they heard these words, both the 1acaptain
of the temple and the chief priests were utterly perplexed concerning them as to
what this would come to.
someone came up and reported to them, Behold, the men whom you put in the prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.
the captain with the officers went away and brought them without violence, for they feared the apeople
, lest they would be bstoned
having brought them, they stood them
in the aSanhedrin
. And the high priest questioned them,
, We 1strictly
charged you anot
to teach based upon this name; and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man's bblood
The apostles' testimony
Peter and the apostles answered and said, It is necessary to obey God arather
of our afathers
Jesus, whom you slew by hanging Him
on a ctree
One God has 1aexalted
to His bright
hand as 2Leader
, to 3give 4drepentance
to Israel and eforgiveness
we are awitnesses
of these 1things
, and so is
the Holy 2bSpirit
, whom God has given to those who 3obey
The Sanhedrin's prohibition and release
when they aheard this,
they were 1exasperated
and intended to do away with them.
a certain 1Pharisee
in the aSanhedrin
, a cteacher
of the law honored by all the people, stood up and commanded that they put the men outside for a little while.
he said to them, Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves, with regard to these men, in what you are about to do.
before these days Theudas rose up, saying that he was somebody, with whom a number of men, about four hundred, took sides. And he was done away with, and all who were persuaded by him were dispersed and came to nothing.
him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the aenrollment
and drew away a group of
people after him. And that man perished, and all who were persuaded by him were scattered.
now I say to you, withdraw from these men and leave them alone; for should this acounsel
or this work be of men, it will be overthrown;
if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them, lest you be found to be even afighters
they were persuaded by him. And having called the apostles to them,
they abeat them
and charged them bnot
to speak based upon the name of Jesus; and they released them.
The apostles' rejoicing and faithfulness
they went from the presence of the aSanhedrin
that they were counted worthy 1to
be dishonored on behalf of the cName
every day, in the 1temple
and from 2house
to house, they did not cease teaching and aannouncing
the gospel of 3Jesus as