Acts 5:12-42 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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12 Through the work of the apostles, many God-signs were set up among the people, many wonderful things done. They all met regularly and in remarkable harmony on the Temple porch named after Solomon. 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 even though people admired them a lot, outsiders were wary about joining them. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.
14 On the other hand, those who put their trust in the Master were added right and left, men and women both. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.
15 They even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on stretchers and bedrolls, hoping they would be touched by Peter's shadow when he walked 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 They came from the villages surrounding Jerusalem, throngs of them, bringing the sick and bedeviled. And they all were healed. To Obey God Rather than Men 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 Provoked mightily by all this, the Chief Priest and those on his side, mainly the sect of Sadducees, went into action, 17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.
18 arrested the apostles, and put them in the town jail. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.
19 But during the night an angel of God opened the jailhouse door and led them out. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.
20 He said, "Go to the Temple and take your stand. Tell the people everything there is to say about this Life." 20 "Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life."
21 Promptly obedient, they entered the Temple at daybreak and went on with their teaching. 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 police got there, they couldn't find them anywhere in the jail. They went 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 jail locked tight as a drum and the guards posted at the doors, but when we went inside we didn't find a soul." 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 The chief of the Temple police and the high priests were puzzled. "What's going on here anyway?" 24 On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were puzzled, wondering what would come of this.
25 Just then someone showed up and said, "Did you know that the men you put in jail are back 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 The chief and his police went and got them, but they handled them gently, fearful that the people would riot and turn on 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 Bringing them back, they stood them before the High Council. The Chief Priest said, 27 Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest.
28 "Didn't we give you strict orders not to teach in Jesus' name? And here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are trying your best to blame us for the death of this man." 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 apostles answered, "It's necessary to obey God rather than men. 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men!
30 The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, the One you killed by hanging him on 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 set him on high at his side, Prince and Savior, to give Israel the gift of a changed life and 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 And we are witnesses to these things. The Holy Spirit, whom God gives to those who obey him, corroborates every detail." 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
33 When they heard that, they were furious and wanted to kill them on the spot. 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.
34 But one of the council members stood up, a Pharisee by the name of Gamaliel, a teacher of God's Law who was honored by everyone. He ordered the men taken out of the room for a short 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 then said, "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 Not long ago Theudas made something of a splash, claiming to be somebody, and got about four hundred men to join him. He was killed, his followers dispersed, and nothing came of it. 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 A little later, at the time of the census, Judas the Galilean appeared and acquired a following. He also fizzled out and the people following him were scattered to the four winds. 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 "So I am telling you: Hands off these men! Let them alone. If this program or this work is merely human, it will fall apart, 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, there is nothing you can do about it - and you better not be found 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 That convinced them. They called the apostles back in. After giving them a thorough whipping, they warned them not to speak in Jesus' name and sent them off. 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 went out of the High Council overjoyed because they had been given the honor of being dishonored on account of the Name. 41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.
42 Every day they were in the Temple and homes, teaching and preaching Christ Jesus, not letting up for a minute. 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.