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Acts 4

ESV 1 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, MSG 1 While Peter and John were addressing the people, the priests, the chief of the Temple police, and some Sadducees came up, ESV 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. MSG 2 indignant that these upstart apostles were instructing the people and proclaiming that the resurrection from the dead had taken place in Jesus. ESV 3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. MSG 3 They arrested them and threw them in jail until morning, for by now it was late in the evening. ESV 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand. MSG 4 But many of those who listened had already believed the Message - in round numbers about five thousand! ESV 5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, MSG 5 The next day a meeting was called in Jerusalem. The rulers, religious leaders, religion scholars, ESV 6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. MSG 6 Annas the Chief Priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander - everybody who was anybody was there. ESV 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, "By what power or by what name did you do this?" MSG 7 They stood Peter and John in the middle of the room and grilled them: "Who put you in charge here? What business do you have doing this?" ESV 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, MSG 8 With that, Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, let loose: "Rulers and leaders of the people, ESV 9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, MSG 9 if we have been brought to trial today for helping a sick man, put under investigation regarding this healing, ESV 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead--by him this man is standing before you well. MSG 10 I'll be completely frank with you - we have nothing to hide. By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One you killed on a cross, the One God raised from the dead, by means of his name this man stands before you healthy and whole. ESV 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. MSG 11 Jesus is 'the stone you masons threw out, which is now the cornerstone.' ESV 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." MSG 12 Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one." ESV 13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. MSG 13 They couldn't take their eyes off them - Peter and John standing there so confident, so sure of themselves! Their fascination deepened when they realized these two were laymen with no training in Scripture or formal education. They recognized them as companions of Jesus, ESV 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. MSG 14 but with the man right before them, seeing him standing there so upright - so healed! - what could they say against that? ESV 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, MSG 15 They sent them out of the room so they could work out a plan. They talked it over: ESV 16 saying, "What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. MSG 16 "What can we do with these men? By now it's known all over town that a miracle has occurred, and that they are behind it. There is no way we can refute that. ESV 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name." MSG 17 But so that it doesn't go any further, let's silence them with threats so they won't dare to use Jesus' name ever again with anyone." ESV 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. MSG 18 They called them back and warned them that they were on no account ever again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. ESV 19 But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, MSG 19 But Peter and John spoke right back, "Whether it's right in God's eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide. ESV 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard." MSG 20 As for us, there's no question - we can't keep quiet about what we've seen and heard." ESV 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. MSG 21 The religious leaders renewed their threats, but then released them. They couldn't come up with a charge that would stick, that would keep them in jail. The people wouldn't have stood for it - they were all praising God over what had happened. ESV 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old. MSG 22 The man who had been miraculously healed was over forty years old. ESV 23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. MSG 23 As soon as Peter and John were let go, they went to their friends and told them what the high priests and religious leaders had said. ESV 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, "Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, MSG 24 Hearing the report, they lifted their voices in a wonderful harmony in prayer: "Strong God, you made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. ESV 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, "'Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? MSG 25 By the Holy Spirit you spoke through the mouth of your servant and our father, David: Why the big noise, nations? Why the mean plots, peoples? ESV 26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed'-- MSG 26 Earth's leaders push for position, Potentates meet for summit talks, The God-deniers, the Messiah-defiers! ESV 27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, MSG 27 "For in fact they did meet - Herod and Pontius Pilate with nations and peoples, even Israel itself! - met in this very city to plot against your holy Son Jesus, the One you made Messiah, ESV 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. MSG 28 to carry out the plans you long ago set in motion. ESV 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, MSG 29 "And now they're at it again! Take care of their threats and give your servants fearless confidence in preaching your Message, ESV 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus." MSG 30 as you stretch out your hand to us in healings and miracles and wonders done in the name of your holy servant Jesus." ESV 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. MSG 31 While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God's Word with fearless confidence. ESV 32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. MSG 32 The whole congregation of believers was united as one - one heart, one mind! They didn't even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, "That's mine; you can't have it." They shared everything. ESV 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. MSG 33 The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them. ESV 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold MSG 34 And so it turned out that not a person among them was needy. Those who owned fields or houses sold them and brought the price of the sale ESV 35 and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. MSG 35 to the apostles and made an offering of it. The apostles then distributed it according to each person's need. ESV 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, MSG 36 Joseph, called by the apostles "Barnabas" (which means "Son of Comfort"), a Levite born in Cyprus, ESV 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet. MSG 37 sold a field that he owned, brought the money, and made an offering of it to the apostles.

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