Acts 5:12-42

Many Signs and Wonders Done

12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people 1by the hands of the apostles. And they were all 2together in 3Solomon's Portico.
13 None of the rest dared join them, but 4the people held them in high esteem.
14 And 5more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,
15 6so that they even 7carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by 8at least his shadow might fall on some of them.
16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, 9bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

The Apostles Arrested and Freed

17 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of 10the Sadducees), and filled with 11jealousy
18 they arrested the apostles and 12put them in the public prison.
19 But during the night 13an angel of the Lord 14opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,
20 "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all 15the words of 16this 17Life."
21 And when they heard this, 18they entered the temple 19at daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council and all the senate of the people of Israel and sent to the prison to have them brought.
22 But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported,
23 "We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them we found no one inside."
24 Now when 20the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to.
25 And someone came and told them, "Look! The men whom you put in prison 21are standing in the temple and teaching the people."
26 Then 22the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for 23they were afraid of being stoned by the people.
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them,
28 saying, 24"We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you 25intend to bring this man's blood upon us."
29 But Peter and the apostles answered, 26"We must obey God rather than men.
30 27The God of our fathers 28raised Jesus, 29whom you killed by hanging him on 30a tree.
31 God exalted 31him at his right hand as 32Leader and 33Savior, 34to give 35repentance to Israel and 36forgiveness of sins.
32 And 37we are witnesses to these things, and 38so is the Holy Spirit, 39whom God has given to those who obey him."
33 When they heard this, they 40were enraged and wanted to kill them.
34 But a Pharisee in the council named 41Gamaliel, 42a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while.
35 And he said to them, "Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men.
36 For 43before these days Theudas rose up, 44claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.
37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of 45the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered.
38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for 46if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail;
39 but 47if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You 48might even be found opposing God!" So they took his advice,
40 and 49when they had called in the apostles, 50they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 Then they left the presence of the council, 51rejoicing that they were counted worthy 52to suffer dishonor for 53the name.
42 And every day, 54in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and 55preaching 56Jesus as the Christ.

Acts 5:12-42 In-Context

10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.
12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico.
13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem.
14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,
15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them.
16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
17 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy
18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison.
19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,
20 "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life."
21 And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council and all the senate of the people of Israel and sent to the prison to have them brought.
22 But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported,
23 "We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them we found no one inside."
24 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to.
25 And someone came and told them, "Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people."
26 Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them,
28 saying, "We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us."
29 But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.
30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.
31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.
34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while.
35 And he said to them, "Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men.
36 For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.
37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered.
38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail;
39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!" So they took his advice,
40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.
42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Cross References 56

  • 1. Acts 2:43; Acts 4:30; Acts 14:3; Acts 19:11; Mark 16:20; Romans 15:19; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:4
  • 2. See Acts 1:14
  • 3. Acts 3:11; John 10:23
  • 4. ver. 26; Acts 2:47; Acts 4:21
  • 5. [Acts 6:1, 2]
  • 6. [Acts 19:12]
  • 7. Mark 6:55, 56
  • 8. [2 Kings 4:29; Matthew 14:36]
  • 9. Mark 16:17, 18
  • 10. See Matthew 22:23
  • 11. Acts 13:45; James 3:14, 16; [Acts 7:9; Acts 17:5]
  • 12. See Luke 21:12
  • 13. See Acts 8:26
  • 14. Acts 12:10; Acts 16:26
  • 15. [John 6:63, 68; Philippians 2:16]
  • 16. [Acts 13:46; Acts 22:4; Acts 28:28]
  • 17. Acts 3:15; Acts 11:18
  • 18. ver. 25, 42
  • 19. [John 8:2]
  • 20. ver. 26; See Acts 4:1
  • 21. ver. 21
  • 22. ver. 24
  • 23. ver. 13; See Acts 4:21
  • 24. Acts 4:18
  • 25. Acts 2:23, 36; Acts 3:15; Acts 4:10; Acts 7:52; Matthew 27:25
  • 26. [Acts 4:19, 20]
  • 27. See Acts 3:13
  • 28. See Acts 2:24
  • 29. Acts 10:39; Galatians 3:13; See Luke 24:20
  • 30. Acts 13:29; 1 Peter 2:24
  • 31. See Acts 2:33
  • 32. See Acts 3:15
  • 33. See Luke 2:11
  • 34. Luke 24:47; See Luke 5:32
  • 35. Acts 11:18; 2 Timothy 2:25; [Romans 2:4]
  • 36. Luke 24:47; See Luke 5:32
  • 37. See Luke 24:48
  • 38. [Acts 15:28; John 15:26, 27; Hebrews 2:4; 1 John 5:7]
  • 39. See Acts 2:4
  • 40. Acts 7:54; [Acts 2:37]
  • 41. Acts 22:3
  • 42. See Luke 5:17
  • 43. [Acts 21:38]
  • 44. Acts 8:9; [Galatians 2:6; Galatians 6:3]
  • 45. [Luke 2:2]
  • 46. Lamentations 3:37
  • 47. Proverbs 21:30; Isaiah 8:9, 10; Nahum 1:9
  • 48. 2 Chronicles 13:12; [Acts 11:17]
  • 49. Acts 4:18
  • 50. [Acts 22:19; Mark 13:9; Luke 23:16]
  • 51. 1 Pet. 4:13, 14, 16; See Matthew 5:12
  • 52. Acts 9:16; Acts 21:13; [Romans 1:5]; See John 15:21
  • 53. Leviticus 24:11, 16; Philippians 2:9; 3 John 7
  • 54. Acts 2:46
  • 55. Acts 8:35; Acts 11:20; Acts 17:18
  • 56. See Acts 18:5
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