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1 While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple guard, and the Sadducees confronted 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 incensed that the apostles were teaching the people and announcing that the resurrection of the dead was happening because of Jesus. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
3 They seized Peter and John and put them in prison until the next day. (It was already evening.) 3 They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.
4 Many who heard the word became believers, and their number grew to 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 the leaders, elders, and legal experts gathered in Jerusalem, 5 The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.
6 along with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others from the high priest's family. 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 had Peter and John brought before them and asked, "By what power or in what 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, inspired by the Holy Spirit, answered, "Leaders of the people and elders, 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people!
9 are we being examined today because something good was done for a sick person, a good deed that healed him? 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 If so, then you and all the people of Israel need to know that this man stands healthy before you because of the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—whom 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 This Jesus is the stone you builders rejected; he has become the cornerstone! 11 He is " 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. '
12 Salvation can be found in no one else. Throughout the whole world, no other name has been given among humans through which we must be saved." 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 council was caught by surprise by the confidence with which Peter and John spoke. After all, they understood that these apostles were uneducated and inexperienced. They also recognized that they had been followers 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 However, since the healed man was standing with Peter and John before their own eyes, they had no rebuttal. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.
15 After ordering them to wait outside, the council members began to confer with each other. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together.
16 "What should we do with these men? Everyone living in Jerusalem is aware of the sign performed through them. It's obvious to everyone and we can't deny 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 To keep it from spreading further among the people, we need to warn them not to speak to anyone in this name." 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 When they called Peter and John back, they demanded that they stop all speaking and teaching 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 Peter and John responded, "It's up to you to determine whether it's right before God to obey you rather than God. 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, we can't stop speaking about what we have seen and heard." 20 For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
21 They threatened them further, then released them. Because of public support for Peter and John, they couldn't find a way to punish them. Everyone was praising God for 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 because the man who had experienced this sign of healing was over 40 years old. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
23 After their release, Peter and John returned to the brothers and sisters and reported everything the chief 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 They listened, then lifted their voices in unison to God, "Master, you are the one who created the heaven, the 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 are the one who spoke by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant: Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? 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 took their stand and the rulers gathered together as one against the Lord and against his Christ. 26 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. '
27 Indeed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with Gentiles and Israelites, did gather in this city 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 They did what your power and plan had already determined would happen. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
29 Now, Lord, take note of their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with complete confidence. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
30 Stretch out your hand to bring healing and enable signs and wonders to be performed through the name of Jesus, your holy servant." 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
31 After they prayed, the place where they were gathered was shaken. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking God's word with 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 community of believers was one in heart and mind. None of them would say, "This is mine!" about any of their possessions, but held everything in common. 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 continued to bear powerful witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and an abundance of grace was at work among 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 were no needy persons among them. Those who owned properties or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds from the sales, 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 place them in the care and under the authority of the apostles. Then it was distributed to anyone who was in need. 35 and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
36 Joseph, whom the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (that is, "one who encourages"), was a Levite from Cyprus. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement),
37 He owned a field, sold it, brought the money, and placed it in the care and under the authority of the apostles. 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.