Acts 5

Fate of Ananias and Sapphira

1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,
2 and 1kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife's full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he 2laid it at the apostles' feet.
3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why * has 3Satan filled your heart to lie 4to the Holy Spirit and to 5keep back some of the price of the land?
4 "While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but 6to God."
5 And as he heard these words, Ananias 7fell down and breathed his last; and 8great fear came over all who heard of it.
6 The young men got up and 9covered him up, and after carrying him out, they buried him.
7 Now there elapsed an interval of about three hours, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 And Peter responded to her, "Tell me whether you sold the land 10for such and such a price?" And she said, "Yes, that was the price."
9 Then Peter said to her, "Why is it that you have agreed together to 11put 12the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out as well."
10 And immediately she 13fell at his feet and breathed her last, and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
11 And 14great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.
12 At the hands of the apostles many 15signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in 16Solomon's portico.
13 But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, 17the people held them in high esteem.
14 And all the more 18believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly 19added to their number,
15 to such an extent that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by 20at least his shadow might fall on any one of them.
16 Also the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.

Imprisonment and Release

17 But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is 21the sect of 22the Sadducees ), and they were filled with jealousy.
18 They laid hands on the apostles and 23put them in a public jail.
19 But during the night 24an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said,
20 "Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple 25the whole message of this Life."
21 Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple 26about daybreak and began to teach. Now when 27the high priest and his associates came, they called 28the Council together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought.
22 But 29the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back,
23 saying, "We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside."
24 Now when 30the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what would come of this.
25 But someone came and reported to them, "The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!"
26 Then 31the captain went along with 32the officers and proceeded to bring them back without * violence (for 33they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned ).
27 When they had brought them, they stood them before 34the Council. The high priest questioned them,
28 saying, "We gave you 35strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and 36intend to bring this man's blood upon us."
30 "38The God of our fathers 39raised up Jesus, whom you had 40put to death by hanging Him on a cross.
31 "41He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a 42Prince and a 43Savior, to grant 44repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32 "And we are 45witnesses of these things; and 46so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him."

Gamaliel's Counsel

33 But when they heard this, they were 47cut to the quick and intended to kill them.
34 But a Pharisee named 48Gamaliel, a 49teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in 50the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time.
35 And he said to them, "Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men.
36 "For some time ago Theudas rose up, 51claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.
37 "After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of 52the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered.
38 "So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action 53is of men, it will be overthrown;
39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found 54fighting against God."
40 They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they 55flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them.
41 So they went on their way from the presence of the 56Council, 57rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame 58for His name.
42 59And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept * right * on teaching and 60preaching Jesus as the Christ.
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