OF THE APOSTLES
b. The Negative Scene
1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a piece of property
2 And put aside for himself some of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it. And he brought some part of it and laid it at the afeet of the apostles.
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why has aSatan filled your heart to deceive the 1Holy bSpirit and to put aside for yourself some of the proceeds of the land?
4 While it remained, 1was it not your own? And when it was sold, 1was it not under your authority? Why is it that you have 2contrived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to 3God.
5 And when Ananias heard these words, he afell down and 1expired; and great bfear came upon all those who heard this.
6 And the young men arose and wrapped him up; and carrying him out, they buried him.
7 And it happened that after an interval of about three hours, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in.
8 And Peter answered her, Tell me whether you have sold the land for this much? And she said, Yes, for this much.
9 And Peter said to her, Why is it that it was 1agreed between you two to atest the bSpirit of the 2Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.
10 And she afell down instantly at his feet and expired. And the young men came in and found her dead; and carrying her out, they buried her with her husband.
11 And great afear came upon the whole 1bchurch and upon all those who heard these things.
7. The Signs and Wonders Done through the Apostles
12 And through the hands of the apostles many 1signs and wonders took place among the people; and they were all with one aaccord in the bportico of Solomon.
13 And none of the rest dared to join themselves to them, but the apeople magnified them.
14 And believers were all the more being added ato the Lord, bmultitudes of both men and women,
15 So that they even carried the sick out into the astreets and placed them on cots and mats, in order that when Peter came, at least his shadow might bovershadow some of them.
16 And the multitude from the cities surrounding Jerusalem also came together, carrying the asick and those troubled by unclean spirits, for such ones were all being healed.
8. The Continuation of the Persecution by the Jewish Religionists
a. The Sanhedrin's Arrest of the Apostles and the Lord's Rescue
17 And the high priest and all those with him, the local asect of the bSadducees, rose up and were filled with cjealousy;
18 And they alaid their hands on the apostles and put them in public custody.
19 But during the night an aangel of the Lord bopened the doors of the prison, and leading them out, said,
20 Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the 1awords of 2this life.
21 And when they heard this, they entered about daybreak into the temple and began to teach. And the ahigh priest and those with him came up and called together the bSanhedrin, 1even all the council of elders of the sons of Israel, and sent men to the prison for them to be brought.
22 But when the officers arrived, they did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported,
23 Saying, The prison we found locked with all security, and the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened the doors, we found no one inside.
24 Now when they heard these words, both the 1acaptain of the temple and the chief priests were utterly perplexed concerning them as to what this would come to.
25 And someone came up and reported to them, Behold, the men whom you put in the prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.
26 Then the captain with the officers went away and brought them without violence, for they feared the apeople, lest they would be bstoned.
27 And having brought them, they stood them in the aSanhedrin. And the high priest questioned them,
28 Saying, We 1strictly charged you anot to teach based upon this name; and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man's bblood upon us.
b. The Apostles' Testimony
29 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, It is necessary to obey God arather than men.
30 The 1God of our afathers has braised Jesus, whom you slew by hanging Him on a ctree.
31 This One God has 1aexalted to His bright hand as 2Leader and cSavior, to 3give 4drepentance to Israel and eforgiveness of sins.
32 And we are awitnesses of these 1things, and so is the Holy 2bSpirit, whom God has given to those who 3obey Him.
c. The Sanhedrin's Prohibition and Release
33 But when they aheard this, they were 1exasperated and intended to do away with them.
34 But a certain 1Pharisee in the aSanhedrin named bGamaliel, a cteacher of the law honored by all the people, stood up and commanded that they put the men outside for a little while.
35 And he said to them, Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves, with regard to these men, in what you are about to do.
36 For before these days Theudas rose up, saying that he was somebody, with whom a number of men, about four hundred, took sides. And he was done away with, and all who were persuaded by him were dispersed and came to nothing.
37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the aenrollment and drew away a group of people after him. And that man perished, and all who were persuaded by him were scattered.
38 And now I say to you, withdraw from these men and leave them alone; for should this acounsel or this work be of men, it will be overthrown;
39 But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them, lest you be found to be even afighters against God.
40 And they were persuaded by him. And having called the apostles to them, they abeat them and charged them bnot to speak based upon the name of Jesus; and they released them.
d. The Apostles' Rejoicing and Faithfulness
41 So they went from the presence of the aSanhedrin, brejoicing that they were counted worthy 1to be dishonored on behalf of the cName.
42 And every day, in the 1temple and from 2house to house, they did not cease teaching and aannouncing the gospel of 3Jesus as the bChrist.