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Acts 4:32Acts 5:11

6. The Continuation of the Church Life

a. The Positive Scene

32 And the aheart and bsoul of the multitude of those who had believed was one; and 1not even one said that any of his possessions was his own, but all things were 2common to them.

33 And with great apower the apostles gave 1btestimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great 2cgrace was upon them all.

34 For aneither was anyone among them in need; for as many as were owners of lands or of houses 1sold them and brought the proceeds of the things which were sold

35 And placed them at the afeet of the apostles; and it was bdistributed to each, as anyone had need.

36 And Joseph, who was surnamed 1aBarnabas by the apostles (which is translated, Son of encouragement), a bLevite, a cCyprian by birth,

37 Who possessed a field, sold it and brought the sum of money and placed it at the feet 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.