Acts 5

1 But a certain man, Ananias by name, together with his wife Sapphira, sold a property, 2 and pilfered part of the price, his wife also having been conscious of it, and brought a certain part, laid it beside the apostles' feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why has the Adversary filled your, your* heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to pilfer part of the price of the parcel of ground? 4 When* it remained unsold, was it not remaining yours? And when* it was sold*, was* it not still in your, your* authority? Why did you purpose this matter in your, your* heart? You have not lied to men, but to God. 5 But Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and expired, and there became great fear upon all those who heard these things. 6 Now when* the younger, men stood up, they enshrouded him and carried him out and buried him.

7 Now it happened after an interval of approximately three hours, his wife also came in, not knowing what has happened. 8 But Peter answered her, Tell me if you* were given so, much for the parcel of ground?

And she said, Yes, for so much.

9 But Peter said to her, Why is it that you* have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your, your* husband are at the door and they will be carrying you out. 10 Now she fell down instantly beside his feet and expired and the young, men came in and found her dead and they carried her out and buried her by her husband. 11 Now there became great fear upon the whole congregation* and upon all who are hearing these things. 12 Now through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were happening among the people, and they were all united at Solomon' s porch. 13 But none of the rest were daring to join himself to them, but the people were extolling them; 14 and more believers, multitudes of both men and women, were added to the Lord; 15 so, that they even carried out the sick in the streets to lay them upon cots and pallets, in order that, when* Peter came by, if, only his shadow might overshadow anyone of them. 16 Now the multitudes were also coming together from the cities in and around Jerusalem, carrying sick ones, and those being troubled by unclean spirits, and all were being healed.

17 But the high, priest stood up and all those who were together with him (which is a sect of the Sadducees) and they were filled up from jealousy, 18 and they put their hands upon the apostles and placed them in the public jail. 19 But a messenger of the Lord through the night, opened the doors of the prison, having led them out, said, 20 Travel, and stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. 21 Now having heard this, they entered into the temple under the light of daybreak and were teaching.

But the high, priest came and those who were together with him and called the Sanhedrin together and the Elderly-Council of the sons of Israel and sent to the prison to have them led out. 22 But the attendants who came did not find them in the prison. Now having turned back, they reported, 23 saying, We indeed found the prison, having been locked with* all the security intact, and the guards standing outside before the doors, but having opened it, we found no one inside. 24 Now as both the magistrate of the temple and the priest heard these words and with the high, priests, they were perplexed concerning them and whatever had happened.

25 But someone, having come, reported to them, Behold, the men, whom you* placed in the prison yourselves, are in the temple standing and teaching the people. 26 Then the magistrate went together with the attendants and led them, but without violence; for* they were fearing the people (that* they might not be stoned). 27 Now having led them, they stood them in front of the council. And the high, priest asked them, 28 saying, Did we command you* with a strict command to not teach in this name? And behold, you* have filled Jerusalem with your, your* teaching, and are planning to bring* this man' s blood upon us.

29 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, It is essential for us to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you* yourselves exterminated, having hanged him upon a tree. 31 This Jesus is the Author and Savior who God exalted to his right hand, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses of these words, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.

33 But hearing this, they were being infuriated and were planning to assassinate them. 34 But a certain one in the council stood up there, a Pharisee, Gamaliel by name, a teacher of the law, honored by all the people, and he commanded them to make* the apostles wait outside for a certain bit of time. 35 And he said to them, Men, Israelites! Take, heed to yourselves what you* are about to do against these men. 36 For* before these days rose* up Theudas, saying that he himself to be someone, who was assassinated; to whom a number of men were called, approximately four hundred; and all, as many as were obeying him were disbanded and came* to nothing. 37 After this one rose* up Judas, a Galilean, in the days of the census and a considerable number of people withdrew after him. He also perished, and all, as many as were obeying him, were scattered. 38 And hereafter I say to you*, Withdraw from these men and permit them to continue, because if this plan or this work is from men, it will be torn, down; 39 but if it is from God, you* will not be able to tear it down; lest you* might be found even to be quarreling against God.

40 Now they were persuaded by him, and having called the apostles to them, they whipped them, and commanded them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. 41 Therefore indeed, they were traveling from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were deemed worthy to be dishonored on behalf of the name of Jesus. 42 And they were not ceasing, teaching and proclaiming the good, news of Jesus as the Christ every day both in the temple and in every house.



{Autumn 36 AD. Temple at Jerusalem. Pontius Pilate deposed. }



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