Acts 5:12-42 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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12 Meanwhile, the apostles were performing many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And the believers were meeting regularly at the Temple in the area known as Solomon's Colonnade. 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 No one else dared to join them, though everyone had high regard for them. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.
14 And more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord -- crowds of both men and women. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.
15 As a result of the apostles' work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter's shadow might fall across some of them as he went by. 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 in from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits, and they were all 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 his friends, who were Sadducees, reacted with violent jealousy. 17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.
18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the jail. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.
19 But an angel of the Lord came at night, opened the gates of the jail, and brought them out. Then he told them, 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.
20 "Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!" 20 "Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life."
21 So the apostles entered the Temple about daybreak and immediately began teaching.When the high priest and his officials arrived, they convened the high council, along with all the elders of Israel. Then they sent for the apostles to be brought for trial. 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 when the Temple guards went to the jail, the men were gone. So they returned to the council and reported, 22 But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported,
23 "The jail was locked, with the guards standing outside, but when we opened the gates, no one was there!" 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 When the captain of the Temple guard and the leading priests heard this, they were perplexed, wondering where it would all end. 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 arrived with the news that the men they had jailed were out 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 The captain went with his Temple guards and arrested them, but without violence, for they were afraid the people would kill them if they treated the apostles roughly. 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 Then they brought the apostles in before the council. 27 Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest.
28 "Didn't we tell you never again to teach in this man's name?" the high priest demanded. "Instead, you have filled all Jerusalem with your teaching about Jesus, and you intend to blame us for his 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 But Peter and the apostles replied, "We must obey God rather than human authority. 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men!
30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by crucifying him. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead--whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.
31 Then God put him in the place of honor at his right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this to give the people of Israel an opportunity to turn from their sins and turn to God so their sins would be 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 are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who obey him." 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
33 At this, the high council was furious and decided to kill them. 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.
34 But one member had a different perspective. He was a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who was an expert on religious law and was very popular with the people. He stood up and ordered that the apostles be sent outside the council chamber for a 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 addressed his colleagues as follows: "Men of Israel, take care 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 Some time ago there was that fellow Theudas, who pretended to be someone great. About four hundred others joined him, but he was killed, and his followers went their various ways. The whole movement came to 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 After him, at the time of the census, there was Judas of Galilee. He got some people to follow him, but he was killed, too, 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 "So my advice is, leave these men alone. If they are teaching and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. 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 of God, you will not be able to stop them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God." 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 The council accepted his advice. They called in the apostles and had them flogged. Then they ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go. 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 high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer dishonor for the name of Jesus. 41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.
42 And every day, in the Temple and in their homes, they continued to teach and preach this message: "The Messiah you are looking for is Jesus." 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.