Acts 4

1 Now while speaking to the people, the priests and the magistrate of the temple and the Sadducees stood by them, 2 being pained, because they taught the people and proclaimed the resurrection of the dead in Jesus. 3 And they put hands on them and placed them in jail to the next, day; for* it was already dusk. 4 But many of those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men happened to be approximately five thousand.

5 Now it happened upon the next, day, that their rulers and the elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; 6 and Annas the high, priest was there and Caiaphas and John and Alexander and as many as were from the high, priestly race. 7 And having stood them in the middle, they were inquiring, In what power or in what name, have you* done this?

8 Then Peter, having been filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, You* rulers of the people and elders of Israel, 9 if we are examined today on the basis of a good* work done to a sick man and by what means this one has been cured. 10 Let it be known to you*all here and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, whom you* crucified, whom God raised up from the dead; in him, this one who is standing in your, your* sight is healthy. 11 He is, ' The stone scorned by you*, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.' {Psa 118: 22} 12 And there is salvation in none other; for* neither is there any other name, that has been given among men, in which it is essential for us to be saved.

13 Now viewing the boldness of Peter and John, they were marveling, having comprehended that they were illiterate and unskilled men. And they recognized them, that they had been together with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who has been healed, standing together with them, they had nothing to speak against it. 15 But having commanded them to go outside the council, they were pondering these things with one another, 16 saying, What shall we do to these men? For* that indeed a known sign has happened through them and apparent to all who are dwelling in Jerusalem, and we are not able to deny it. 17 But in order that it should not circulate, more, than this into the people, we will threaten them with more threatening, to no longer speak to any man in this name. 18 And they called them back and commanded them not to speak nor teach to any in the name of Jesus.

19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, Judge for yourselves if it is righteous in God' s sight to listen to you* rather than to God. 20 For* we are not able to speak, but the things which we saw and heard. 21 But having additionally threatened them, they released them, finding nothing as to how they will punish them, because of the people, because all were glorifying God for what has happened. 22 For* the man was more, than forty years old, on whom this sign of healing had happened.

23 Now having been released, they came to their own brethren and reported how, much the high, priests and the elders had said to them. 24 Now they, having heard it, lifted up their voice to God united and said, O Lord, you are the God who made* the heaven and the earth and the sea and all the things in them; 25 who through the mouth of our father David your, your* young, servant, said, ' Why do the Gentiles rage and the peoples meditate on empty things? 26 The kings of the earth stood up and the rulers were gathered in the same place, against the Lord and against his Christ.' {Psa 2: 1-2} 27 For* against truth, against your, your* holy young, servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, together with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, were gathered together 28 to do as many things as your, your* hand and your, your* council predetermined to happen. 29 And hereafter, Lord, look upon their threats and give to your, your* bondservants to speak your, your* word with all boldness, 30 in that you stretched out your, your* hand *for healing, and signs and wonders to happen through the name of your, your* holy young, servant Jesus. 31 And having besought the Lord, the place was shaken in which they were gathered together, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they were speaking the word of God with boldness. 32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul and not one of them said that anything of his possessions was his own, but they had all things common. 33 Now the apostles were giving their testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power and great favor was upon them all. 34 For* neither anyone among them was* needy. For* as many as were* owners of parcels of ground or houses, were selling them and were bringing the prices of the things which were sold*, 35 and were laying them beside the apostles' feet and were being distributed to each, insomuch as anyone was having a need.

36 Now Joses, who was surnamed Barnabas from the apostles, (which is, being translated, Son of Encouragement), a Levite from Cyprus by birth, 37 sold a field, possessed by him, and brought the monies and laid it beside the apostles' feet.



{Late 30 AD - 36 AD Temple at Jerusalem. }



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