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 apostles’ feet. 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