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1 Some priests, the officer in charge of the temple guards, and some Sadducees approached Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 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 These religious authorities were greatly annoyed. Peter and John were teaching the people and spreading the message that the dead will come back to life through Jesus. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
3 So the temple guards arrested them. Since it was already evening, they put Peter and John in jail until the next day. 3 They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.
4 But many of those who had heard the message became believers, so the number of men who believed grew to about 5,000. 4 But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.
5 The next day the Jewish rulers, leaders, and scribes met in Jerusalem. 5 The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.
6 The chief priest Annas, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and the rest of the chief priest's family were present. 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 Peter and John stand in front of them and then asked, "By what power or in whose name did you do this?" 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 Then Peter, because he was filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers and leaders of the people, 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people!
9 today you are cross-examining us about the good we did for a crippled man. You want to know how he was made well. 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 You and all the people of Israel must understand that this man stands in your presence with a healthy body because of the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth. You crucified Jesus Christ, but God has brought him back to life. 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 He is the stone that the builders rejected, the stone that has become the cornerstone. 11 He is " 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. '
12 No one else can save us. Indeed, we can be saved only by the power of the one named Jesus and not by any other person." 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 After they found out that Peter and John had no education or special training, they were surprised to see how boldly they spoke. They realized that these men had been with 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 When they saw the man who was healed standing with Peter and John, they couldn't say anything against the two apostles. 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 ordered Peter and John to leave the council room and began to discuss the matter among themselves. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together.
16 They said, "What should we do to these men? Clearly, they've performed a miracle that everyone in Jerusalem knows about. We can't deny that. 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 So let's threaten them. Let's tell them that they must never speak to anyone about the one named Jesus. Then the news about the miracle that they have performed will not spread any further among the people." 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 They called Peter and John and ordered them never to teach about Jesus or even mention his name. 18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
19 Peter and John answered them, "Decide for yourselves whether God wants people to listen to you rather than to him. 19 But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God.
20 We cannot stop talking about what we've seen and heard." 20 For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
21 The authorities threatened them even more and then let them go. Since all the people were praising God for what had happened, the authorities couldn't find any way to punish Peter and John. 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 who was healed by this miracle was over 40 years old.) 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
23 When Peter and John were released, they went to the other apostles and told them everything the chief priests and leaders 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 apostles heard this, they were united and loudly prayed to God, "Master, you made the sky, the land, the sea, and everything 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 You said through the Holy Spirit, who spoke through your servant David (our ancestor), 'Why do the nations act arrogantly? Why do their people devise 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 Kings take their stand. Rulers make plans together against the Lord and against 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 "In this city Herod and Pontius Pilate made plans together with non-Jewish people and the people of Israel. They made their plans against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 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 Through your will and power, they did everything that you had already decided should be done. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
29 "Lord, pay attention to their threats now, and allow us to speak your word boldly. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
30 Show your power by healing, performing miracles, and doing amazing things through the power and 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 the apostles had finished praying, their meeting place shook. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God boldly. 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 whole group of believers lived in harmony. No one called any of his possessions his own. Instead, they shared everything. 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 continued to testify that the Lord Jesus had come back to life. [God's] abundant good will was with all of them. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.
34 None of them needed anything. From time to time, people sold land or houses and brought the money 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 to the apostles. Then the money was distributed to anyone who needed it. 35 and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
36 Joseph, a descendant of Levi, had been born on the island of Cyprus. The apostles called him Barnabas, which means "a person who encourages." 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement),
37 He had some land. He sold it and turned the money over to the apostles. 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.