Acts 4:23-37 NIV

The Believers' Prayer

23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.

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      24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.1 "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.2

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      25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:3 " 'Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?

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      26 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.a 'b4

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        • c 4:26 - That is, Christ or Messiah
        • d 4:26 - Psalm 2:1,2
          27 Indeed Herod5 and Pontius Pilate6 met together with the Gentiles and the peoplec of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus,7 whom you anointed.

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            • e 4:27 - The Greek is plural.
              28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.8

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              29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.9

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              30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders10 through the name of your holy servant Jesus."11

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                  31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.12 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit13 and spoke the word of God14 boldly.15

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                      The Believers Share Their Possessions

                      32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.16

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                      33 With great power the apostles continued to testify17 to the resurrection18 of the Lord Jesus, and much grace19 was upon them all.

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                      34 There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them,20 brought the money from the sales

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                      35 and put it at the apostles' feet,21 and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.22

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                          36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas23 (which means Son of Encouragement),

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                          37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.24

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