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1 There was a man of the name of Ananias who, with his wife Sapphira, sold some property but, 1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.
2 with her full knowledge and consent, dishonestly kept back part of the price which he received for it, though he brought the rest and gave it 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 "Ananias," said Peter, "why has Satan taken possession of your heart, that you should try to deceive the Holy Spirit and dishonestly keep back part of the price paid you for this 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 it remained unsold, was not the land your own? And when sold, was it not at your own disposal? How is it that you have cherished this design in your heart? It is not to men you have told this lie, 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 Upon hearing these words Ananias fell down dead, and all who heard the words were awe-struck. 5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.
6 The younger men, however, rose, and wrapping the body up, carried it out and buried it. 6 Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
7 About three hours had passed, when his wife came in, knowing nothing of what had happened. 7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 Peter at once questioned her. "Tell me," he said, "whether you sold the land for so much." "Yes," she replied, "for so much." 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 "How was it," replied Peter, "that you two agreed to try an experiment upon the Spirit of the Lord? The men who have buried your husband are already at the door, and they will carry 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 Instantly she fell down dead at his feet, and the young men came in and found her dead. So they carried her out and buried her by her husband's side. 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 This incident struck terror into the whole Church, and into the hearts of all who heard of it. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
12 Many signs and marvels continued to be done among the people by the Apostles; and by common consent they all met in Solomon's Portico. 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 But none of the others dared to attach themselves to them. Yet the people held them in high honour-- 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.
14 and more and more believers in the Lord joined them, including great numbers both of men and women-- 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.
15 so that they would even bring out their sick friends into the streets and lay them on light couches or mats, in order that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or other of them. 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 The inhabitants, too, of the towns in the neighbourhood of Jerusalem came in crowds, bringing sick persons and some who were harassed by foul spirits, and they were cured, one and all. 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 This roused the High Priest. He and all his party--the sect of the Sadducees--were filled with angry jealousy 17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.
18 and laid hands upon the Apostles, and put them into the public jail. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.
19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought 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 and stand in the Temple, and go on proclaiming to the people all this Message of Life." 20 "Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life."
21 Having received that command they went into the Temple, just before daybreak, and began to teach: So when the High Priest and his party came, and had called together the Sanhedrin as well as all the Elders of the descendants of Israel, they sent to the jail to fetch 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 But the officers went and could not find them in the prison. So they came back and brought word, 22 But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported,
23 saying, "The jail we found quite safely locked, and the warders were on guard at the doors, but upon going in we found no one there." 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 Commander of the Temple Guards and the High Priests heard this statement, they were utterly at a loss with regard to it, wondering what would happen next. 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 some one came and brought them word, saying, "The men you put in prison are actually in the Temple, standing there, 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 Upon this the Commander went with the officers, and brought the Apostles; but without using violence; for they were afraid of being 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 So they brought them and made them stand in front of the Sanhedrin. And then 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 strictly forbad you to teach in that name--did we not?" he said. "And see, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and are trying to make us responsible for that 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 Peter and the other Apostles replied, "We must obey God rather than man. 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men!
30 The God of our forefathers has raised Jesus to life, whom you crucified and put to death. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead--whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.
31 God has exalted Him to His right hand as Chief Leader and as Saviour, to give Israel repentance 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--and the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him--are witnesses as to these things." 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
33 Infuriated at getting this answer, they were disposed to kill the Apostles. 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.
34 But a Pharisee of the name of Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, held in honour by all the people, rose from his seat and requested that they should be sent outside the court for a few minutes. 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 "Israelites," he said, "be careful what you are about to do in dealing with these men. 35 Then he addressed them: "Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men.
36 Years ago Theudas appeared, professing to be a person of importance, and a body of men, some four hundred in number, joined him. He was killed, and all his followers were dispersed and annihilated. 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 him, at the time of the Census, came Judas, the Galilaean, and was the leader in a revolt. He too perished, 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 now I tell you to hold aloof from these men and leave them alone--for if this scheme or work is of human origin, 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 really from God, you will be powerless to put them down--lest perhaps you find yourselves to be actually 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 His advice carried conviction. So they called the Apostles in, and--after flogging them--ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then 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 They, therefore, left the Sanhedrin and went their way, rejoicing that they had been deemed worthy to suffer disgrace on behalf of the NAME. 41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.
42 But they did not desist from teaching every day, in the Temple or in private houses, and telling the Good News about Jesus, 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.