Bible: Acts 2-5
The Holy Spirit and the Day of Pentecost
2:1 Now 1 when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2:2 Suddenly 2 a sound 3 like a violent wind blowing 4 came from heaven 5 and filled the entire house where they were sitting. 2:3 And tongues spreading out like a fire 6 appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. 2:4 All 7 of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages 8 as the Spirit enabled them. 9
2:5 Now there were devout Jews 10 from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem. 11 2:6 When this sound 12 occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, 13 because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 2:7 Completely baffled, they said, 14 “Aren’t 15 all these who are speaking Galileans? 2:8 And how is it that each one of us hears them 16 in our own native language? 17 2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, 18 2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, 19 and visitors from Rome, 20 2:11 both Jews and proselytes, 21 Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done!” 22 2:12 All were astounded and greatly confused, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 2:13 But others jeered at the speakers, 23 saying, “They are drunk on new wine!” 24
Peter’s Address on the Day of Pentecost
2:14 But Peter stood up 25 with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed them: “You men of Judea 26 and all you who live in Jerusalem, 27 know this 28 and listen carefully to what I say. 2:15 In spite of what you think, these men are not drunk, 29 for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 30 2:16 But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel: 31
2:17 ‘And in the last days 32 it will be,’ God says,
‘that I will pour out my Spirit on all people, 33
and your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
and your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.
2:18 Even on my servants, 34 both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 35
2:19 And I will perform wonders in the sky 36 above
and miraculous signs 37 on the earth below,
blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
2:20 The sun will be changed to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the great and glorious 38 day of the Lord comes.
2:22 “Men of Israel, 41 listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, 42 wonders, and miraculous signs 43 that God performed among you through him, just as you yourselves know – 2:23 this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed 44 by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles. 45 2:24 But God raised him up, 46 having released 47 him from the pains 48 of death, because it was not possible for him to be held in its power. 49 2:25 For David says about him,
‘I saw the Lord always in front of me, 50
for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken.
2:26 Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced;
my body 51 also will live in hope,
2:27 because you will not leave my soul in Hades, 52
nor permit your Holy One to experience 53 decay.
2:28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of joy with your presence.’ 54
2:29 “Brothers, 55 I can speak confidently 56 to you about our forefather 57 David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 2:30 So then, because 58 he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants 59 on his throne, 60 2:31 David by foreseeing this 61 spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, 62 that he was neither abandoned to Hades, 63 nor did his body 64 experience 65 decay. 66 2:32 This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it. 67 2:33 So then, exalted 68 to the right hand 69 of God, and having received 70 the promise of the Holy Spirit 71 from the Father, he has poured out 72 what you both see and hear. 2:34 For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says,
‘The Lord said to my lord,
“Sit 73 at my right hand
The Response to Peter’s Address
2:37 Now when they heard this, 80 they were acutely distressed 81 and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What should we do, brothers?” 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized 82 in the name of Jesus Christ 83 for 84 the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 85 2:39 For the promise 86 is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” 2:40 With many other words he testified 87 and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse 88 generation!” 2:41 So those who accepted 89 his message 90 were baptized, and that day about three thousand people 91 were added. 92
The Fellowship of the Early Believers
2:42 They were devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, 93 to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 94 2:43 Reverential awe 95 came over everyone, 96 and many wonders and miraculous signs 97 came about by the apostles. 2:44 All who believed were together and held 98 everything in common, 2:45 and they began selling 99 their property 100 and possessions and distributing the proceeds 101 to everyone, as anyone had need. 2:46 Every day 102 they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, 103 breaking bread from 104 house to house, sharing their food with glad 105 and humble hearts, 106 2:47 praising God and having the good will 107 of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day 108 those who were being saved.
Peter and John Heal a Lame Man at the Temple
3:1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time 109 for prayer, 110 at three o’clock in the afternoon. 111 3:2 And a man lame 112 from birth 113 was being carried up, who was placed at the temple gate called “the Beautiful Gate” every day 114 so he could beg for money 115 from those going into the temple courts. 116 3:3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts, 117 he asked them for money. 118 3:4 Peter looked directly 119 at him (as did John) and said, “Look at us!” 3:5 So the lame man 120 paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, 121 but what I do have I give you. In the name 122 of Jesus Christ 123 the Nazarene, stand up and 124 walk!” 3:7 Then 125 Peter 126 took hold 127 of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man’s 128 feet and ankles were made strong. 129 3:8 He 130 jumped up, 131 stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts 132 with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 3:9 All 133 the people saw him walking and praising God, 3:10 and they recognized him as the man who used to sit and ask for donations 134 at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with astonishment and amazement 135 at what had happened to him.
Peter Addresses the Crowd
3:11 While the man 136 was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway 137 called Solomon’s Portico. 138 3:12 When Peter saw this, he declared to the people, “Men of Israel, 139 why are you amazed at this? Why 140 do you stare at us as if we had made this man 141 walk by our own power or piety? 3:13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 142 the God of our forefathers, 143 has glorified 144 his servant 145 Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected 146 in the presence of Pilate after he had decided 147 to release him. 3:14 But you rejected 148 the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you. 3:15 You killed 149 the Originator 150 of life, whom God raised 151 from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses! 152 3:16 And on the basis of faith in Jesus’ 153 name, 154 his very name has made this man – whom you see and know – strong. The 155 faith that is through Jesus 156 has given him this complete health in the presence 157 of you all. 3:17 And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance, 158 as your rulers did too. 3:18 But the things God foretold 159 long ago through 160 all the prophets – that his Christ 161 would suffer – he has fulfilled in this way. 3:19 Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out, 3:20 so that times of refreshing 162 may come from the presence of the Lord, 163 and so that he may send the Messiah 164 appointed 165 for you – that is, Jesus. 3:21 This one 166 heaven must 167 receive until the time all things are restored, 168 which God declared 169 from times long ago 170 through his holy prophets. 3:22 Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey 171 him in everything he tells you. 172 3:23 Every person 173 who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed 174 from the people.’ 175 3:24 And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced 176 these days. 3:25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, 177 saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants 178 all the nations 179 of the earth will be blessed.’ 180 3:26 God raised up 181 his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning 182 each one of you from your iniquities.” 183
The Arrest and Trial of Peter and John
4:1 While Peter and John 184 were speaking to the people, the priests and the commander 185 of the temple guard 186 and the Sadducees 187 came up 188 to them, 4:2 angry 189 because they were teaching the people and announcing 190 in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 4:3 So 191 they seized 192 them and put them in jail 193 until the next day (for it was already evening). 4:4 But many of those who had listened to 194 the message 195 believed, and the number of the men 196 came to about five thousand.
4:5 On the next day, 197 their rulers, elders, and experts in the law 198 came together 199 in Jerusalem. 200 4:6 Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others who were members of the high priest’s family. 201 4:7 After 202 making Peter and John 203 stand in their midst, they began to inquire, “By what power or by what name 204 did you do this?” 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, 205 replied, 206 “Rulers of the people and elders, 207 4:9 if 208 we are being examined 209 today for a good deed 210 done to a sick man – by what means this man was healed 211 – 4:10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ 212 the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 4:11 This Jesus 213 is the stone that was rejected by you, 214 the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 215 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people 216 by which we must 217 be saved.”
4:13 When they saw the boldness 218 of Peter and John, and discovered 219 that they were uneducated 220 and ordinary 221 men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. 4:14 And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this. 222 4:15 But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, 223 they began to confer with one another, 4:16 saying, “What should we do with these men? For it is plain 224 to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable miraculous sign 225 has come about through them, 226 and we cannot deny it. 4:17 But to keep this matter from spreading any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more 227 to anyone in this name.” 4:18 And they called them in and ordered 228 them not to speak or teach at all in the name 229 of Jesus. 4:19 But Peter and John replied, 230 “Whether it is right before God to obey 231 you rather than God, you decide, 4:20 for it is impossible 232 for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” 4:21 After threatening them further, they released them, for they could not find how to punish them on account of the people, because they were all praising 233 God for what had happened. 4:22 For the man, on whom this miraculous sign 234 of healing had been performed, 235 was over forty years old.
The Followers of Jesus Pray for Boldness
4:23 When they were released, Peter and John 236 went to their fellow believers 237 and reported everything the high priests and the elders had said to them. 4:24 When they heard this, they raised their voices to God with one mind 238 and said, “Master of all, 239 you who made the heaven, the earth, 240 the sea, and everything that is in them, 4:25 who said by the Holy Spirit through 241 your servant David our forefather, 242
and the peoples plot foolish 245 things?
4:26 The kings of the earth stood together, 246
and the rulers assembled together,
4:27 “For indeed both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together in this city against 249 your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, 250 4:28 to do as much as your power 251 and your plan 252 had decided beforehand 253 would happen. 4:29 And now, Lord, pay attention to 254 their threats, and grant 255 to your servants 256 to speak your message 257 with great courage, 258 4:30 while you extend your hand to heal, and to bring about miraculous signs 259 and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 4:31 When 260 they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, 261 and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak 262 the word of God 263 courageously. 264
Conditions Among the Early Believers
4:32 The group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, 265 and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but everything was held in common. 266 4:33 With 267 great power the apostles were giving testimony 268 to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. 4:34 For there was no one needy 269 among them, because those who were owners of land or houses were selling 270 them 271 and bringing the proceeds from the sales 4:35 and placing them at the apostles’ feet. The proceeds 272 were distributed to each, as anyone had need. 4:36 So Joseph, a Levite who was a native of Cyprus, called by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement”), 273 4:37 sold 274 a field 275 that belonged to him and brought the money 276 and placed it at the apostles’ feet.
The Judgment on Ananias and Sapphira
5:1 Now a man named Ananias, together with Sapphira his wife, sold a piece of property. 5:2 He 277 kept back for himself part of the proceeds with his wife’s knowledge; he brought 278 only part of it and placed it at the apostles’ feet. 5:3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled 279 your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back for yourself part of the proceeds from the sale of 280 the land? 5:4 Before it was sold, 281 did it not 282 belong to you? And when it was sold, was the money 283 not at your disposal? How have you thought up this deed in your heart? 284 You have not lied to people 285 but to God!”
5:5 When Ananias heard these words he collapsed and died, and great fear gripped 286 all who heard about it. 5:6 So the young men came, 287 wrapped him up, 288 carried him out, and buried 289 him. 5:7 After an interval of about three hours, 290 his wife came in, but she did not know 291 what had happened. 5:8 Peter said to her, “Tell me, were the two of you 292 paid this amount 293 for the land?” Sapphira 294 said, “Yes, that much.” 5:9 Peter then told her, “Why have you agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out!” 5:10 At once 295 she collapsed at his feet and died. So when the young men came in, they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 5:11 Great 296 fear gripped 297 the whole church 298 and all who heard about these things.
The Apostles Perform Miraculous Signs and Wonders
5:12 Now many miraculous signs 299 and wonders came about among the people through the hands of the apostles. By 300 common consent 301 they were all meeting together in Solomon’s Portico. 302 5:13 None of the rest dared to join them, 303 but the people held them in high honor. 304 5:14 More and more believers in the Lord were added to their number, 305 crowds of both men and women. 5:15 Thus 306 they even carried the sick out into the streets, and put them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow would fall on some of them. 5:16 A crowd of people from the towns around Jerusalem 307 also came together, bringing the sick and those troubled by unclean spirits. 308 They 309 were all 310 being healed.
Further Trouble for the Apostles
5:17 Now the high priest rose up, and all those with him (that is, the religious party of the Sadducees 311 ), 312 and they were filled with jealousy. 313 5:18 They 314 laid hands on 315 the apostles and put them in a public jail. 5:19 But during the night an angel of the Lord 316 opened 317 the doors of the prison, 318 led them out, 319 and said, 5:20 “Go and stand in the temple courts 320 and proclaim 321 to the people all the words of this life.” 5:21 When they heard this, they entered the temple courts 322 at daybreak and began teaching. 323
Now when the high priest and those who were with him arrived, they summoned the Sanhedrin 324 – that is, the whole high council 325 of the Israelites 326 – and sent to the jail to have the apostles 327 brought before them. 328 5:22 But the officers 329 who came for them 330 did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, 331 5:23 “We found the jail locked securely and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, 332 we found no one inside.” 5:24 Now when the commander 333 of the temple guard 334 and the chief priests heard this report, 335 they were greatly puzzled concerning it, 336 wondering what this could 337 be. 5:25 But someone came and reported to them, “Look! The men you put in prison are standing in the temple courts 338 and teaching 339 the people!” 5:26 Then the commander 340 of the temple guard 341 went with the officers 342 and brought the apostles 343 without the use of force 344 (for they were afraid of being stoned by the people). 345
5:27 When they had brought them, they stood them before the council, 346 and the high priest questioned 347 them, 5:28 saying, “We gave 348 you strict orders 349 not to teach in this name. 350 Look, 351 you have filled Jerusalem 352 with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood 353 on us!” 5:29 But Peter and the apostles replied, 354 “We must obey 355 God rather than people. 356 5:30 The God of our forefathers 357 raised up Jesus, whom you seized and killed by hanging him on a tree. 358 5:31 God exalted him 359 to his right hand as Leader 360 and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 361 5:32 And we are witnesses of these events, 362 and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey 363 him.”
5:33 Now when they heard this, they became furious 364 and wanted to execute them. 365 5:34 But a Pharisee 366 whose name was Gamaliel, 367 a teacher of the law who was respected by all the people, stood up 368 in the council 369 and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. 5:35 Then he said to the council, 370 “Men of Israel, 371 pay close attention to 372 what you are about to do to these men. 5:36 For some time ago 373 Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men joined him. He 374 was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and nothing came of it. 375 5:37 After him Judas the Galilean arose in the days of the census, 376 and incited people to follow him in revolt. 377 He too was killed, and all who followed him were scattered. 5:38 So in this case I say to you, stay away from these men and leave them alone, because if this plan or this undertaking originates with people, 378 it will come to nothing, 379 5:39 but if 380 it is from God, you will not be able to stop them, or you may even be found 381 fighting against God.” He convinced them, 382 5:40 and they summoned the apostles and had them beaten. 383 Then 384 they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. 5:41 So they left the council rejoicing because they had been considered worthy 385 to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. 386 5:42 And every day both in the temple courts 387 and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the good news 388 that Jesus was the Christ. 389