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1 While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the leading priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees came over to them. 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 very disturbed that Peter and John were claiming, on the authority of Jesus, that there is a resurrection of the dead. 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, since it was already evening, jailed them until morning. 3 They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.
4 But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so that the number of believers totaled about five thousand men, not counting women and children. 4 But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.
5 The next day the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem. 5 The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.
6 Annas the high priest was there, along with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and other relatives of the high priest. 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 brought in the two disciples and demanded, "By what power, or in whose name, have you done 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, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Leaders and elders of our nation, 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people!
9 are we being questioned because we've done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know 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 Let me clearly state to you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed in the name and power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, the man you crucified, but whom God raised from the dead. 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 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, 'The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.' 11 He is " 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. '
12 There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them." 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 when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men who had had no special training. They also recognized them as men who 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 But since the man who had been healed was standing right there among them, the council had nothing to say. 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 sent Peter and John out of the council chamber and conferred among themselves. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together.
16 "What should we do with these men?" they asked each other. "We can't deny they have done a miraculous sign, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about 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 perhaps we can stop them from spreading their propaganda. We'll warn them not to speak to anyone in Jesus' name again." 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 the apostles back in and told them never again to speak or teach about 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 replied, "Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than 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 telling about the wonderful things we have seen and heard." 20 For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
21 The council then threatened them further, but they finally let them go because they didn't know how to punish them without starting a riot. For everyone was praising God 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 for this miraculous sign -- the healing of a man who had been lame for more than forty years. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
23 As soon as they were freed, Peter and John found the other believers and told them what the leading priests and 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 Then all the believers were united as they lifted their voices in prayer: "O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, 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 spoke long ago by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor King David, your servant, saying, 'Why did the nations rage? Why did the people waste their time with futile plans? 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 for battle; the rulers gathered 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 "That is what has happened here in this city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, 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 In fact, everything they did occurred according to your eternal will and plan. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
29 And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give your servants great boldness in their preaching. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
30 Send your healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done 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 After this prayer, the building where they were meeting shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. And they preached 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 All the believers were of one heart and mind, and they felt that what they owned was not their own; they shared 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 And the apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God's great favor was upon 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 poverty among them, because people who owned land or houses sold them 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 brought the money to the apostles to give to others in need. 35 and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means "Son of Encouragement"). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement),
37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles for those in need. 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.