Bible: Acts 4

The Arrest and Trial of Peter and John

4:1 While Peter and John 1  were speaking to the people, the priests and the commander 2  of the temple guard 3  and the Sadducees 4  came up 5  to them, 4:2 angry 6  because they were teaching the people and announcing 7  in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 4:3 So 8  they seized 9  them and put them in jail 10  until the next day (for it was already evening). 4:4 But many of those who had listened to 11  the message 12  believed, and the number of the men 13  came to about five thousand.

4:5 On the next day, 14  their rulers, elders, and experts in the law 15  came together 16  in Jerusalem. 17  4:6 Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others who were members of the high priest’s family. 18  4:7 After 19  making Peter and John 20  stand in their midst, they began to inquire, “By what power or by what name 21  did you do this? 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, 22  replied, 23 Rulers of the people and elders, 24  4:9 if 25  we are being examined 26  today for a good deed 27  done to a sick man – by what means this man was healed 28  4:10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ 29  the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 4:11 This Jesus 30  is the stone that was rejected by you, 31  the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 32  4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people 33  by which we must 34  be saved.”

4:13 When they saw the boldness 35  of Peter and John, and discovered 36  that they were uneducated 37  and ordinary 38  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. 39  4:15 But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, 40  they began to confer with one another, 4:16 saying, “What should we do with these men? For it is plain 41  to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable miraculous sign 42  has come about through them, 43  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 44  to anyone in this name.” 4:18 And they called them in and ordered 45  them not to speak or teach at all in the name 46  of Jesus. 4:19 But Peter and John replied, 47 Whether it is right before God to obey 48  you rather than God, you decide, 4:20 for it is impossible 49  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 50  God for what had happened. 4:22 For the man, on whom this miraculous sign 51  of healing had been performed, 52  was over forty years old.

The Followers of Jesus Pray for Boldness

4:23 When they were released, Peter and John 53  went to their fellow believers 54  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 55  and said, “Master of all, 56  you who made the heaven, the earth, 57  the sea, and everything that is in them, 4:25 who said by the Holy Spirit through 58  your servant David our forefather, 59 

Why do the nations 60  rage, 61 

and the peoples plot foolish 62  things?

4:26 The kings of the earth stood together, 63 

and the rulers assembled together,

against the Lord and against his 64  Christ.’ 65 

4:27For indeed both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together in this city against 66  your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, 67  4:28 to do as much as your power 68  and your plan 69  had decided beforehand 70  would happen. 4:29 And now, Lord, pay attention to 71  their threats, and grant 72  to your servants 73  to speak your message 74  with great courage, 75  4:30 while you extend your hand to heal, and to bring about miraculous signs 76  and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 4:31 When 77  they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, 78  and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak 79  the word of God 80  courageously. 81 

Conditions Among the Early Believers

4:32 The group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, 82  and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but everything was held in common. 83  4:33 With 84  great power the apostles were giving testimony 85  to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. 4:34 For there was no one needy 86  among them, because those who were owners of land or houses were selling 87  them 88  and bringing the proceeds from the sales 4:35 and placing them at the apostlesfeet. The proceeds 89  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), 90  4:37 sold 91  a field 92  that belonged to him and brought the money 93  and placed it at the apostlesfeet.

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