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1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, got money for his property, 1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.
2 And kept back part of the price, his wife having knowledge of it, and took the rest and put it at the feet of 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 But Peter said, Ananias, why has the Evil One put it into your heart to be false to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of 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 While you had it, was it not your property? and after you had given it in exchange, was it not still in your power? how has this purpose come into your mind? you have been false, not to men, but to God. 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 And at these words, Ananias went down on the earth, and his life went from him: and great fear came on all who were present. 5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.
6 And the young men went and made ready his body, and took it out, and put it in the earth. 6 Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
7 And about three hours after, his wife, having no knowledge of what had taken place, came in. 7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 And Peter said to her, Give me an answer: was this amount of money the price of the land? And she said, Yes, it was. 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 But Peter said to her, Why have you made an agreement together to be false to the Spirit of the Lord? See, the feet of the young men who have put the body of your husband in the earth, are at the door, and they will take 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 And straight away she went down at his feet, and her life went from her: and the young men came in and saw her dead, and they took her out and put her in the earth with 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 Then great fear came on all the church and on all who had knowledge of these things. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
12 Now a number of signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the Apostles; and they were all together in Solomon's covered way. 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 The others, in fear, kept back from joining them: but the people made much of them; 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.
14 And a great number of men and women had faith, and were joined to the Lord; 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.
15 And they even took into the streets people who were ill, and put them on beds, so that when Peter went by, some of them might be in his shade. 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 And numbers of people came together from the towns round about Jerusalem, with those who were ill and those who were troubled with unclean spirits: and they were all made well. 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 But the high priest and those who were with him (the Sadducees) were full of envy, 17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.
18 And they took the Apostles and put them in the common prison. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.
19 But in the night an angel of the Lord, opening the doors of the prison, took them out and said, 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.
20 Go, take your place in the Temple and give the people all the teaching about this Life. 20 "Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life."
21 And hearing this, they went into the Temple at dawn, and were teaching. But the high priest and those who were with him got together the Sanhedrin and the representatives of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to get 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 the men who were sent saw that they were not in the prison, and came back with the news, 22 But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported,
23 Saying, The doors of the prison were safely shut, and the keepers were at the doors, but when they were open, there was nobody inside. 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 Now, at these words, the captain of the Temple and the chief priests were greatly troubled about what might be the end of this business. 24 On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were puzzled, wondering what would come of this.
25 And someone came and said to them, The men, whom you put in prison, are 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 some of the police went and took them, but not violently, for fear that they might be stoned by the people. 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 And they took them into the Sanhedrin, and the high priest said to them, 27 Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest.
28 We gave you very clear orders not to give teaching in this name: and now Jerusalem is full of your teaching, and you are attempting 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 But Peter and the Apostles, answering, said, We have to do the orders of God, not of man. 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men!
30 The God of our fathers gave Jesus back to life, whom you had put to death, hanging him on a tree. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead--whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.
31 Him God has put on high at his right hand, as a Ruler and a Saviour, to give to Israel a change of heart and forgiveness of sins. 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 And we are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who keep his laws. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
33 But when these words came to their ears, they were cut to the heart, and had a mind to put them to death. 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.
34 But one of the Sanhedrin, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a man of learning in the law, of whom all the people had a high opinion, got up and made a suggestion for the men to be put outside for a little time. 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 And he said to them, Men of Israel, take care what you do about these men. 35 Then he addressed them: "Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men.
36 For before this there was Theudas, who said he was someone important, to whom about four hundred men gave their support: he was put to death, and his band was broken up and 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 this man, there was Judas of Galilee, at the time of the numbering, and some of the people went after him: he was put to death, and all his supporters were put to flight. 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 now I say to you, Do nothing to these men, but let them be: for if this teaching or this work is of men, it will come to nothing: 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 overcome them, and you are in danger of 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 And he seemed to them to be right: and they sent for the Apostles, and, after having them whipped and giving them orders to give no teaching in the name of Jesus, 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 So they went away from the Sanhedrin, happy to undergo shame for the Name. 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 privately, they went on teaching and preaching Jesus as 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.