Bible: Acts 5

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 1  kept back for himself part of the proceeds with his wife’s knowledge; he brought 2  only part of it and placed it at the apostlesfeet. 5:3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled 3  your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back for yourself part of the proceeds from the sale of 4  the land? 5:4 Before it was sold, 5  did it not 6  belong to you? And when it was sold, was the money 7  not at your disposal? How have you thought up this deed in your heart? 8  You have not lied to people 9  but to God!

5:5 When Ananias heard these words he collapsed and died, and great fear gripped 10  all who heard about it. 5:6 So the young men came, 11  wrapped him up, 12  carried him out, and buried 13  him. 5:7 After an interval of about three hours, 14  his wife came in, but she did not know 15  what had happened. 5:8 Peter said to her, “Tell me, were the two of you 16  paid this amount 17  for the land?” Sapphira 18  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 19  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 20  fear gripped 21  the whole church 22  and all who heard about these things.

The Apostles Perform Miraculous Signs and Wonders

5:12 Now many miraculous signs 23  and wonders came about among the people through the hands of the apostles. By 24  common consent 25  they were all meeting together in Solomon’s Portico. 26  5:13 None of the rest dared to join them, 27  but the people held them in high honor. 28  5:14 More and more believers in the Lord were added to their number, 29  crowds of both men and women. 5:15 Thus 30  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 31  also came together, bringing the sick and those troubled by unclean spirits. 32  They 33  were all 34  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 35 ), 36  and they were filled with jealousy. 37  5:18 They 38  laid hands on 39  the apostles and put them in a public jail. 5:19 But during the night an angel of the Lord 40  opened 41  the doors of the prison, 42  led them out, 43  and said, 5:20 Go and stand in the temple courts 44  and proclaim 45  to the people all the words of this life.” 5:21 When they heard this, they entered the temple courts 46  at daybreak and began teaching. 47 

Now when the high priest and those who were with him arrived, they summoned the Sanhedrin 48 that is, the whole high council 49  of the Israelites 50 and sent to the jail to have the apostles 51  brought before them. 52  5:22 But the officers 53  who came for them 54  did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, 55  5:23 We found the jail locked securely and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, 56  we found no one inside.” 5:24 Now when the commander 57  of the temple guard 58  and the chief priests heard this report, 59  they were greatly puzzled concerning it, 60  wondering what this could 61  be. 5:25 But someone came and reported to them, “Look! The men you put in prison are standing in the temple courts 62  and teaching 63  the people! 5:26 Then the commander 64  of the temple guard 65  went with the officers 66  and brought the apostles 67  without the use of force 68  (for they were afraid of being stoned by the people). 69 

5:27 When they had brought them, they stood them before the council, 70  and the high priest questioned 71  them, 5:28 saying, “We gave 72  you strict orders 73  not to teach in this name. 74  Look, 75  you have filled Jerusalem 76  with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood 77  on us! 5:29 But Peter and the apostles replied, 78 We must obey 79  God rather than people. 80  5:30 The God of our forefathers 81  raised up Jesus, whom you seized and killed by hanging him on a tree. 82  5:31 God exalted him 83  to his right hand as Leader 84  and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 85  5:32 And we are witnesses of these events, 86  and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey 87  him.”

5:33 Now when they heard this, they became furious 88  and wanted to execute them. 89  5:34 But a Pharisee 90  whose name was Gamaliel, 91  a teacher of the law who was respected by all the people, stood up 92  in the council 93  and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. 5:35 Then he said to the council, 94 Men of Israel, 95  pay close attention to 96  what you are about to do to these men. 5:36 For some time ago 97  Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men joined him. He 98  was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and nothing came of it. 99  5:37 After him Judas the Galilean arose in the days of the census, 100  and incited people to follow him in revolt. 101  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, 102  it will come to nothing, 103  5:39 but if 104  it is from God, you will not be able to stop them, or you may even be found 105  fighting against God.” He convinced them, 106  5:40 and they summoned the apostles and had them beaten. 107  Then 108  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 109  to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. 110  5:42 And every day both in the temple courts 111  and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the good news 112  that Jesus was the Christ. 113 

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