ActsChapter 4

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1 And as they spake unto the people, the chief priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 being sore troubled because they :taught the people, and proclaimed in :Jesus the resurrection :from the dead. 3 And they laid :hands on them, and put them in ward unto the morrow: for it was now evening. 4 But many of them that heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their :rulers and the elders and the scribes were gathered in Jerusalem; 6 and Hannas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the high priest’s kindred. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, With what power, or with what name, have YE done this? 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said unto them, Rulers of the people, and elders, 9 if WE today are examined concerning a good deed to an impotent man, with what means this man is made whole; 10 be it known to you all, and to all the people Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, whom ye crucified, whom :God raised from the dead, even in him stands this man here before you whole. 11 He is the stone :set at nought of you the builders, which became head of the corner. 12 And the salvation is in none other: for neither is there any other name under :heaven, that is :given among men, wherein we must be saved.

13 Now when they beheld the boldness of :Peter and John, and had apprehended that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with :Jesus. 14 And seeing the man that was healed standing with them, they had nothing to gainsay. 15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the Sanhedrin, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, What shall we do to these :men? for that indeed a notable sign hath been wrought through them, is manifest to all that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. 17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us threaten them, to speak henceforth to no man in this :name. 18 And they called and charged them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of :Jesus. 19 But :Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it is right in the sight of :God to hearken to you rather than :God, judge ye: 20 for WE cannot but speak what things we saw and heard. 21 But they, on further threatening, let them go, finding nothing :how they might punish them, because of the people; for all glorified :God for what was done. 22 For the man was more than forty years old, on whom this :sign of :healing was done. 23 And being let go, they came to their own, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said unto them. 24 And they, when they heard it, lifted up their voice to :God with one accord, and said, Master, thou who madest the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that in them is: 25 who by the Holy Spirit, through thy servant our father David’s mouth, didst say, Why did nations rage, And peoples meditate vanities?

26 The kings of the earth arrayed themselves,And the rulers were gathered together, Against the Lord, and against his :Christ:

27 for of a truth in this :city against thy holy :servant Jesus, whom thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate with nations and peoples of Israel, were gathered together, 28 to do whatsoever thy :hand and :counsel foreordained to come to pass. 29 And :now, Lord, look upon their :threatenings: and grant unto thy :bondmen to speak thy :word with all boldness, 30 while thou stretchest forth thy :hand to heal; and that signs and wonders be done through the name of thy holy servant Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken wherein they were gathered; and all were filled with the Holy Spirit and spake the word of :God with boldness.

32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and soul: and not even one said that aught of his :possessions was his own; but they had all things common. 33 And with great power gave the apostles their witness for the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. 34 For neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things sold, 35 and laid them at the feet of the apostles: and distribution was made to each, according as anyone had need. 36 And Joseph, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, Son of exhortation), a Levite, Cyprian by :race, 37 having a field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the feet of the apostles.

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