ActsChapter 5

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1 But a certain man, Hananias by name, with Sappheira his :wife, sold a possession, 2 and withheld part of the price, the wife also aware thereof, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the feet of the apostles. 3 But :Peter said, †Hananias, why hath :Satan filled thy :heart to lie to the Holy :Spirit, and to withhold part of the price of the land? 4 While it remained, did it not remain thine? and when sold, was it not in thy :power? How is it that thou hast conceived this :thing in thy :heart? thou hast not lied to men, but to :God. 5 And Hananias hearing these :words fell down and breathed his last: and great fear came upon all that heard it. 6 And the younger men arose and wrapped him round, and carried out and buried him. 7 And it was about after three hours’ space, and his :wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much. And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 But :Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed to try the Spirit of the Lord? lo, the feet of them that have buried thy :husband are at the door, and they shall to carry thee out. 10 And she fell down immediately at his :feet, and breathed her last: and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her :husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all that heard these things.
 
12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders done among the people: and all were with one accord in the porch of Solomon. 13 But of the rest durst no one join them: the people, however, magnified them; 14 and there were the more added believing on the Lord, multitudes both of men and women: 15 insomuch that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, so that, as Peter came by, at least his :shadow might overshadow some one of them. 16 And the multitude also came together from the cities round about Jerusalem, bringing the sick, and those oppressed with unclean spirits: who were all healed.

17 But the high priest rose up, and all those with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with zeal, 18 and laid :hands on the apostles, and put them in public ward. 19 But the Lord’s angel by night opened the doors of the prison, and brought them out, and said, 20 Go ye, and stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this :Life. 21 And when they heard this, they entered into the temple about :daybreak, and taught. But the high priest came, and those with him, and called the Sanhedrin together, and all the senate of the sons of Israel, and sent to the prison-house to have them brought. 22 But the officers that came found them not in the prison; and they returned, and reported, 23 saying [that], The prison-house we found shut in all safety, and the keepers standing at the doors: but on opening, found no one within. 24 Now when both the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these :words, they were perplexed concerning them whereunto this would come. 25 And one came and reported [that] Lo, the men whom ye put in the prison are in the temple standing and teaching the people. 26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them, without violence; for they feared the people, lest they be stoned. 27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the Sanhedrin. And the high priest asked them, 28 saying, With a charge we had charged you not to teach in this :name: and lo, ye have filled :Jerusalem with your :teaching, and intend to bring the blood of this :man upon us. 29 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, One must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our :fathers raised :Jesus, whom YE slew, hanging him on a tree. 31 Him did :God exalt with his :right hand as Prince and Savior, to :give repentance to :Israel, and remission of sins. 32 And WE are witnesses of these :sayings; also the Holy :Spirit, whom :God hath given to them that obey him. 33 But they, when they heard this, were greatly cut, and they intended to slay them. 34 But a certain Pharisee stood up in the Sanhedrin, Gamaliel by name, a law teacher honored by all the people, and he commanded to put the men forth a little while. 35 And he said unto them, Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves as to these :men, what ye are about to do. 36 For before these :days rose up Theudas, saying he was somebody; whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were dispersed, and came to nought. 37 After this man rose up Judas the Galilæan in the days of the enrollment, and drew away a people after him: HE also perished; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered abroad. 38 And :now I say to you, Desist from these :men, and let them go (for if this :counsel or this :work be of men, it will be overthrown: 39 but if it is of God, ye will not be able to overthrow them); lest haply ye be found fighting God even. 40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles unto them, they beat and charged them not to speak in the name of :Jesus, and dismissed them. 41 They therefore departed from the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name. 42 And every day, in the temple and at home, they ceased not to teach and to preach Jesus as the Christ.

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