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1 But there was a man named Ananias, who with his wife Sapphira sold some property that belonged to them. 1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.
2 But with his wife's agreement he kept part of the money for himself and turned the rest over 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 to him, "Ananias, why did you let Satan take control of you and make you lie to the Holy Spirit by keeping part of the money you received for the property? 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 property, it belonged to you; and after you sold it, the money was yours. Why, then, did you decide to do such a thing? You have not lied to people - you have lied 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 As soon as Ananias heard this, he fell down dead; and all who heard about it were terrified. 5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.
6 The young men came in, wrapped up his body, carried him out, and buried him. 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, not knowing what had happened, came in. 7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 Peter asked her, "Tell me, was this the full amount you and your husband received for your property?" "Yes," she answered, "the full amount." 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 So Peter said to her, "Why did you and your husband decide to put the Lord's Spirit to the test? The men who buried your husband are at the door right now, and they will carry you out too!" 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 once she fell down at his feet and died. The young men came in and saw that she was dead, so 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 of this were terrified. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
12 Many miracles and wonders were being performed among the people by the apostles. All the believers met together in 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 Nobody outside the group dared join them, even though the people spoke highly of them. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.
14 But more and more people were added to the group - a crowd of men and women who believed in the Lord. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.
15 As a result of what the apostles were doing, sick people were carried out into the streets and placed on beds and mats so that at least Peter's shadow might fall on some of them as he passed 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 And crowds of people came in from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing those who were sick or who had evil spirits in them; 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 Then the High Priest and all his companions, members of the local party of the Sadducees, became extremely jealous of the apostles; so they decided to take action. 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 public jail. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.
19 But that night an angel of the Lord opened the prison gates, led the apostles out, and said to them, 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.
20 "Go and stand in the Temple, and tell the people all 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 The apostles obeyed, and at dawn they entered the Temple and started teaching. The High Priest and his companions called together all the Jewish elders for a full meeting of the Council; then they sent orders to the prison to have the apostles brought before 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 when the officials arrived, they did not find the apostles in prison, 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 "When we arrived at the jail, we found it locked up tight and all the guards on watch at the gates; but when we opened the gates, we found no one 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 When the chief priests and the officer in charge of the Temple guards heard this, they wondered what had happened to the apostles. 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 a man came in and said to them, "Listen! The men 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 So the officer went off with his men and brought the apostles back. They did not use force, however, because they were afraid that the people might stone them. 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 They brought the apostles in, made them stand before the Council, and 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 "We gave you strict orders not to teach in the name of this man," he said; "but see what you have done! You have spread your teaching all over Jerusalem, and you want to make us responsible 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 Peter and the other apostles answered, "We must obey God, not men. 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men!
30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from death, after you had killed him by nailing him to a cross. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead--whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.
31 God raised him to his right side as Leader and Savior, to give the people of Israel the opportunity to repent 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 are witnesses to these things - we and the Holy Spirit, who is God's gift 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 When the members of the Council heard this, they were so furious that they wanted to have the apostles put to death. 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.
34 But one of them, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who was a teacher of the Law and was highly respected by all the people, stood up in the Council. He ordered the apostles to be taken out 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 and then he said to the Council, "Fellow Israelites, be careful what you do to these men. 35 Then he addressed them: "Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men.
36 You remember that Theudas appeared some time ago, claiming to be somebody great, and about four hundred men joined him. But he was killed, all his followers were scattered, and his movement died out. 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 that, Judas the Galilean appeared during the time of the census; he drew a crowd after him, but he also 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 in this case, I tell you, do not take any action against these men. Leave them alone! If what they have planned and done is of human origin, it will disappear, 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 comes from God, you cannot possibly defeat them. You could find yourselves fighting against God!" The Council followed Gamaliel's advice. 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, had them whipped, and ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus; and then they set them 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 As the apostles left the Council, they were happy, because God had considered them worthy to suffer disgrace for the sake 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 people's homes they continued to teach and preach the Good News about Jesus the Messiah. 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.