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1 While Peter and John were speaking to the peo- ple, Jewish priests, the captain of the soldiers that guarded the Temple, and Sadducees came up 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 upset because the two apostles were teaching the people and were preaching that people will rise from the dead through the power of Jesus. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
3 The Jewish leaders grabbed Peter and John and put them in jail. Since it was already night, they kept them in jail until the next day. 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 had heard Peter and John preach believed the things they said. There were now about five thousand in the group of believers. 4 But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.
5 The next day the Jewish rulers, the older Jewish leaders, and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 5 The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.
6 Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander were there, as well as everyone 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 made Peter and John stand before them and then asked them, "By what power or authority 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, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and you older leaders, 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people!
9 are you questioning us about a good thing that was done to a crippled man? Are you asking us who made him well? 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 We want all of you and all the Jewish people to know that this man was made well by the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth. You crucified him, but God raised him from the dead. This man was crippled, but he is now well and able to stand here before you because of the power of Jesus. 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 stonen that you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.' 11 He is " 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. '
12 Jesus is the only One who can save people. His name is the only power in the world that has been given to save people. We must be saved through him." 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 Jewish leaders saw that Peter and John were not afraid to speak, and they understood that these men had no special training or education. So they were amazed. Then they realized that Peter and John 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 Because they saw the healed man standing there beside the two apostles, they could say nothing against them. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.
15 After the Jewish leaders ordered them to leave the meeting, they began to talk to each other. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together.
16 They said, "What shall we do with these men? Everyone in Jerusalem knows they have done a great miracle, and we cannot say it is not true. 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 to keep it from spreading among the people, we must warn them not to talk to people anymore using that 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 So they called Peter and John in again and told them not to speak or to teach at all 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 answered them, "You decide what God would want. Should we obey you or 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 We cannot keep quiet. We must speak about what we have seen and heard." 20 For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
21 The Jewish leaders warned the apostles again and let them go free. They could not find a way to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had been done. 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 received the miracle of healing was more than forty years old. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
23 After Peter and John left the meeting of Jewish leaders, they went to their own group and told them everything the leading priests and the older Jewish leaders had said to them. 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 When the believers heard this, they prayed to God together, "Lord, you are the One who made the sky, 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 By the Holy Spirit, through our father David your servant, you said: 'Why are the nations so angry? Why are the people making useless 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 prepare to fight, and their leaders make plans together against the Lord and 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 These things really happened when Herod, Pontius Pilate, those who are not Jews, and the Jewish people all came together against Jesus here in Jerusalem. Jesus is your holy servant, the One you made to be the Christ. 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 These people made your plan happen because of your power and your will. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
29 And now, Lord, listen to their threats. Lord, help us, your servants, to speak your word without fear. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
30 Help us to be brave by showing us your power to heal. Give proofs and make miracles happen by the power 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 had prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke God's word without fear. 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 group of believers were united in their hearts and spirit. All those in the group acted as though their private property belonged to everyone in the group. In fact, 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 With great power the apostles were telling people that the Lord Jesus was truly raised from the dead. And God blessed all the believers very much. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.
34 No one in the group needed anything. From time to time those who owned fields or houses sold them, brought the money, 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 gave it to the apostles. Then the money was given to anyone who needed it. 35 and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
36 One of the believers was named Joseph, a Levite born in Cyprus. The apostles called him Barnabas (which means "one who encourages"). 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement),
37 Joseph owned a field, sold it, brought the money, and gave it to the apostles. 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.