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1 Peter and John were still speaking to the people when some priests, the officer in charge of the Temple guards, and some Sadducees arrived. 1 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people.
2 They were annoyed because the two apostles were teaching the people that Jesus had risen from death, which proved that the dead will rise to life. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
3 So they arrested them and put them in jail until the next day, since it was already late. 3 They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.
4 But many who heard the message believed; and the number grew to about five thousand. 4 But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.
5 The next day the Jewish leaders, the elders, and the teachers of the Law gathered in Jerusalem. 5 The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.
6 They met with the High Priest Annas and with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and the others who belonged to the High Priest's family. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and the other men of the high priest's family.
7 They made the apostles stand before them and asked them, "How did you do this? What power do you have or whose name did you use?" 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: "By what power or what name did you do this?"
8 Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, answered them, "Leaders of the people and elders: 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people!
9 if we are being questioned today about the good deed done to the lame man and how he was healed, 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed,
10 then you should all know, and all the people of Israel should know, that this man stands here before you completely well through the power of the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth - whom you crucified and whom God raised from death. 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.
11 Jesus is the one of whom the scripture says, "The stone that you the builders despised turned out to be the most important of all.' 11 He is " 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. '
12 Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us." 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
13 The members of the Council were amazed to see how bold Peter and John were and to learn that they were ordinary men of no education. They realized then that they had been companions of Jesus. 13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
14 But there was nothing that they could say, because they saw the man who had been healed standing there with Peter and John. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.
15 So they told them to leave the Council room, and then they started discussing among themselves. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together.
16 "What shall we do with these men?" they asked. "Everyone in Jerusalem knows that this extraordinary miracle has been performed by them, and we cannot deny it. 16 "What are we going to do with these men?" they asked. "Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it.
17 But to keep this matter from spreading any further among the people, let us warn these men never again to speak to anyone in the name of Jesus." 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name."
18 So they called them back in and told them that under no condition were they to speak or to teach in the name of Jesus. 18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered them, "You yourselves judge which is right in God's sight - to obey you or to obey God. 19 But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God.
20 For we cannot stop speaking of what we ourselves have seen and heard." 20 For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
21 So the Council warned them even more strongly and then set them free. They saw that it was impossible to punish them, because the people were all praising God for what had happened. 21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened.
22 The man on whom this miracle of healing had been performed was over forty years old. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
23 As soon as Peter and John were set free, they returned to their group and told them what the chief priests and the elders had said. 23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.
24 When the believers heard it, they all joined together in prayer to God: "Master and Creator of heaven, earth, and sea, and all that is in them! 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.
25 By means of the Holy Spirit you spoke through our ancestor David, your servant, when he said, "Why were the Gentiles furious; why did people make their useless plots? 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: " 'Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth prepared themselves, and the rulers met together against the Lord and his Messiah.' 26 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. '
27 For indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together in this city with the Gentiles and the people of Israel against Jesus, your holy Servant, whom you made Messiah. 27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.
28 They gathered to do everything that you by your power and will had already decided would happen. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
29 And now, Lord, take notice of the threats they have made, and allow us, your servants, to speak your message with all boldness. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
30 Reach out your hand to heal, and grant that wonders and miracles may be performed through the name of your holy Servant Jesus." 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
31 When they finished praying, the place where they were meeting was shaken. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to proclaim God's message with boldness. 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
32 The group of believers was one in mind and heart. None of them said that any of their belongings were their own, but they all shared with one another everything they had. 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.
33 With great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God poured rich blessings on them all. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.
34 There was no one in the group who was in need. Those who owned fields or houses would sell them, bring the money received from the sale, 34 There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales
35 and turn it over to the apostles; and the money was distributed according to the needs of the people. 35 and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
36 And so it was that Joseph, a Levite born in Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means "One who Encourages"), 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement),
37 sold a field he owned, brought the money, and turned it over to the apostles. 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.