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1 While Peter and John were addressing the people, the priests, the chief of the Temple police, and some Sadducees came up, 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 indignant that these upstart apostles were instructing the people and proclaiming that the resurrection from the dead had taken place in Jesus. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
3 They arrested them and threw them in jail until morning, for by now it was late in the evening. 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 listened had already believed the Message - in round numbers 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 a meeting was called in Jerusalem. The rulers, religious leaders, religion scholars, 5 The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.
6 Annas the Chief Priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander - everybody who was anybody was there. 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 stood Peter and John in the middle of the room and grilled them: "Who put you in charge here? What business do you have doing 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 With that, Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, let loose: "Rulers and leaders of the people, 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people!
9 if we have been brought to trial today for helping a sick man, put under investigation regarding this healing, 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 I'll be completely frank with you - we have nothing to hide. By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One you killed on a cross, the One God raised from the dead, by means of his name this man stands before you healthy and whole. 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 stone you masons threw out, which is now the cornerstone.' 11 He is " 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. '
12 Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one." 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 They couldn't take their eyes off them - Peter and John standing there so confident, so sure of themselves! Their fascination deepened when they realized these two were laymen with no training in Scripture or formal education. They recognized them as 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 with the man right before them, seeing him standing there so upright - so healed! - what could they say against that? 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.
15 They sent them out of the room so they could work out a plan. They talked it over: 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together.
16 "What can we do with these men? By now it's known all over town that a miracle has occurred, and that they are behind it. There is no way we can refute 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 But so that it doesn't go any further, let's silence them with threats so they won't dare to use Jesus' name ever again with anyone." 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 them back and warned them that they were on no account ever again to speak or 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 spoke right back, "Whether it's right in God's eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide. 19 But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God.
20 As for us, there's no question - we can't keep quiet about what we've seen and heard." 20 For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
21 The religious leaders renewed their threats, but then released them. They couldn't come up with a charge that would stick, that would keep them in jail. The people wouldn't have stood for it - they were all praising God over 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 who had been miraculously healed 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 let go, they went to their friends and told them what the high priests and religious 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 Hearing the report, they lifted their voices in a wonderful harmony in prayer: "Strong God, you made heaven and earth and 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 By the Holy Spirit you spoke through the mouth of your servant and our father, David: Why the big noise, nations? Why the mean plots, peoples? 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 Earth's leaders push for position, Potentates meet for summit talks, The God-deniers, the Messiah-defiers! 26 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. '
27 "For in fact they did meet - Herod and Pontius Pilate with nations and peoples, even Israel itself! - met in this very city to plot against your holy Son Jesus, the One 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 to carry out the plans you long ago set in motion. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
29 "And now they're at it again! Take care of their threats and give your servants fearless confidence in preaching your Message, 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
30 as you stretch out your hand to us in healings and miracles and wonders done in 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 While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God's Word with fearless confidence. 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 congregation of believers was united as one - one heart, one mind! They didn't even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, "That's mine; you can't have it." 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 The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on 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 And so it turned out that not a person among them was needy. Those who owned fields or houses sold them and brought the price of 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 to the apostles and made an offering of it. The apostles then distributed it according to each person's need. 35 and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
36 Joseph, called by the apostles "Barnabas" (which means "Son of Comfort"), a Levite born in Cyprus, 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement),
37 sold a field that he owned, brought the money, and made an offering of it to the apostles. 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.