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1 A man named Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold some property. 1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.
2 They agreed to hold back some of the money [they had pledged] and turned only part of it 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 asked, "Ananias, why did you let Satan fill you with the idea that you could deceive the Holy Spirit? You've held back some of the money you received for 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 the land, it was your own. After it was sold, you could have done as you pleased with the money. So how could you do a thing like this? You didn't lie to people 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 When Ananias heard Peter say this, he dropped dead. Everyone who heard about his death was terrified. 5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.
6 Some young men got up, wrapped his body in a sheet, carried him outside, 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 Ananias' wife arrived. She didn't know what had happened. 7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 So Peter asked her, "Tell me, did you sell the land for that price?" She answered, "Yes, that was the price." 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 Then Peter said to her, "How could you and your husband agree to test the Lord's Spirit? Those who buried your husband are standing at the door, and they will carry you outside for burial." 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 Immediately, she dropped dead in front of Peter. When the young men came back, they found Sapphira dead. So they carried her outside and buried her next to 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 everyone else who heard about what had happened were terrified. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
12 The people saw the apostles perform many miracles and do amazing things. The believers had a common faith in Jesus as they met on 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 None of the other people dared to join them, although everyone spoke highly of them. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.
14 More men and women than ever began to believe 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, people carried their sick into the streets. They placed them on stretchers and cots so that at least Peter's shadow might fall on some sick people 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 from the cities around Jerusalem would gather. They would bring their sick and those who were troubled by evil spirits, and each person was cured. 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 chief priest and the whole party of the Sadducees who were with him were extremely jealous. So they took action 17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.
18 by arresting the apostles and putting them in the city jail. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.
19 But at night an angel from the Lord opened the doors to their cell and led them out of the prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.
20 The angel told them, "Stand in the temple courtyard, and tell the people everything about life [in Christ]." 20 "Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life."
21 Early in the morning, after they had listened to the angel, the apostles went into the temple courtyard and began to teach. The chief priest and those who were with him called together the Jewish council, that is, all the leaders of Israel. They also sent men to the prison to get the apostles. 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 When the temple guards arrived at the prison, they didn't find the apostles. The guards came back and reported, 22 But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported,
23 "We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors. However, when we opened the doors, 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 officer of the temple guards and the chief priests heard this, they were puzzled about what could have happened. 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 told them, "The men you put in prison are standing in the temple courtyard. They're 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 officer of the temple guards went with some of his men to bring back the apostles without using force. After all, the officer and his guards were afraid that the people would stone them to death for using force. 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 When they brought back the apostles, they made them stand in front of the council. The chief priest questioned them. 27 Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest.
28 He said, "We gave you strict orders not to mention Jesus' name when you teach. Yet, you've filled Jerusalem with your teachings. You want to take revenge on us for putting that man to 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 rather than people. 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men!
30 You murdered Jesus by hanging him on a cross. But the God of our ancestors brought him back to life. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead--whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.
31 God used his power to give Jesus the highest position as leader and savior. He did this to lead the people of Israel to him, to change the way they think and act, and to forgive their 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 We are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given 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 men on the council heard this, they became furious and wanted to execute the apostles. 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.
34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel stood up. He was a highly respected expert in Moses' Teachings. He ordered that the apostles should be taken outside for a little 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 said to the council, "Men of Israel, consider carefully what you do with these men. 35 Then he addressed them: "Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men.
36 Some time ago Theudas appeared. He claimed that he was important, and about four hundred men joined him. He was killed, and all his followers were scattered. The whole movement was a failure. 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 man, at the time of the census, Judas from Galilee appeared and led people in a revolt. He, too, died, 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 "We should keep away from these men for now. We should leave them alone. I can guarantee that if the plan they put into action is of human origin, it will fail. 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 However, if it's from God, you won't be able to stop them. You may even discover that you're 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 took his advice. They called the apostles, beat them, ordered them not to speak about the one named Jesus, and 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 council room. They were happy to have been considered worthy to suffer dishonor for speaking about Jesus. 41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.
42 Every day in the temple courtyard and from house to house, they refused to stop teaching and telling the Good News that Jesus is 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.