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1 But a man named Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold some land. 1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.
2 He kept back part of the money for himself; his wife knew about this and agreed to it. But he brought the rest of the money and gave it to the apostles. 2 With his wife's full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles' feet.
3 Peter said, "Ananias, why did you let Satan rule your thoughts to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep for yourself part of the money you received for the land? 3 Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?
4 Before you sold the land, it belonged to you. And even after you sold it, you could have used the money any way you wanted. Why did you think of doing this? You lied to God, not to us!" 4 Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God."
5 5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.
6 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. Some young men came in, wrapped up his body, carried it out, and buried it. And everyone who heard about this was filled with fear. 6 Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later his wife came in, but she did not know what had happened. 7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 Peter said to her, "Tell me, was the money you got for your field this much?" Sapphira answered, "Yes, that was the price." 8 Peter asked her, "Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?" "Yes," she said, "that is the price."
9 Peter said to her, "Why did you and your husband agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." 9 Peter said to her, "How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also."
10 At that moment Sapphira fell down by his feet and died. When the young men came in and saw that she was dead, they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
11 The whole church and all the others who heard about these things were filled with fear. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
12 The apostles did many signs and miracles among the people. And they would all meet together on Solomon's Porch. 12 The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon's Colonnade.
13 None of the others dared to join them, but all the people respected them. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.
14 More and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to the group of believers. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.
15 The people placed their sick on beds and mats in the streets, hoping that when Peter passed by at least his shadow might fall on them. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter's shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.
16 Crowds came from all the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those who were bothered by evil spirits, and all of them were healed. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.
17 The high priest and all his friends (a group called the Sadducees) became very jealous. 17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.
18 They took the apostles and put them in jail. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.
19 But during the night, an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and led the apostles outside. The angel said, 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.
20 "Go stand in the Temple and tell the people everything about this new life." 20 "Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life."
21 When the apostles heard this, they obeyed and went into the Temple early in the morning and continued teaching. When the high priest and his friends arrived, they called a meeting of the Jewish leaders and all the important older Jewish men. They sent some men to the jail to bring the apostles to them. 21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin--the full assembly of the elders of Israel--and sent to the jail for the apostles.
22 But, upon arriving, the officers could not find the apostles. So they went back and reported to the Jewish leaders. 22 But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported,
23 They said, "The jail was closed and locked, and the guards were standing at the doors. But when we opened the doors, the jail was empty!" 23 "We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside."
24 Hearing this, the captain of the Temple guards and the leading priests were confused and wondered what was happening. 24 On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were puzzled, wondering what would come of this.
25 Then someone came and told them, "Listen! The men you put in jail are standing in the Temple teaching the people." 25 Then someone came and said, "Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people."
26 Then the captain and his men went out and brought the apostles back. But the soldiers did not use force, because they were afraid the people would stone them to death. 26 At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them.
27 The soldiers brought the apostles to the meeting and made them stand before the Jewish leaders. The high priest questioned them, 27 Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest.
28 saying, "We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in that name. But look, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are trying to make us responsible for this man's death." 28 "We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name," he said. "Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's blood."
29 Peter and the other apostles answered, "We must obey God, not human authority! 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men!
30 You killed Jesus by hanging him on a cross. But God, the God of our ancestors, raised Jesus up from the dead! 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead--whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.
31 Jesus is the One whom God raised to be on his right side, as Leader and Savior. Through him, all Jewish people could change their hearts and lives and have their sins forgiven. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.
32 We saw all these things happen. The Holy Spirit, whom God has given to all who obey him, also proves these things are true." 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
33 When the Jewish leaders heard this, they became angry and wanted to kill them. 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.
34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel stood up in the meeting. He was a teacher of the law, and all the people respected him. He ordered the apostles to leave the meeting for a little while. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while.
35 Then he said, "People of Israel, be careful what you are planning to do to these men. 35 Then he addressed them: "Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men.
36 Remember when Theudas appeared? He said he was a great man, and about four hundred men joined him. But he was killed, and all his followers were scattered; they were able to do nothing. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing.
37 Later, a man named Judas came from Galilee at the time of the registration. He also led a group of followers and was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered.
38 And so now I tell you: Stay away from these men, and leave them alone. If their plan comes from human authority, it will fail. 38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.
39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them. You might even be fighting against God himself!" The Jewish leaders agreed with what Gamaliel said. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."
40 They called the apostles in, beat them, and told them not to speak in the name of Jesus again. Then they let them go free. 40 His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 The apostles left the meeting full of joy because they were given the honor of suffering disgrace for Jesus. 41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.
42 Every day in the Temple and in people's homes they continued teaching the people and telling the Good News -- that Jesus is the Christ. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.