Ananias and Sapphira 1 A man named Ananias, with Sapphira
his wife, sold a piece of land 2 and by fraud kept back part of the price of the land, with the connivance of his wife, and
bringing a part only, laid it at the feet of the apostles. 3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan tempted thy heart,
that thou shouldst lie to the Holy Spirit and by fraud keep back part of the price of the land? 4 While it yet remained,
did it not remain thine; and after it was sold, was not the money at thy disposal? Why hast thou conceived this thing
in thy heart? Thou hast not lied to men, but to God." 5 And Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and expired.
And great fear came upon all who heard of it. 6 And the young men got up and removed him and, carrying him out, buried
7 About three hours later his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in. 8 And Peter said to her, "Tell
me, did you sell the land for so much?" And she said, "Yes, for so much." 9 And Peter said to her, "Why have
you agreed to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold the feet of those who have buried thy husband are at the door, and
they will carry thee out." 10 And she fell down immediately at his feet and expired. And the young men, coming
in, found her dead, and carrying her out they buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church
and upon all who heard of this.
Miracles 12 Now by the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were
done among the people. And with one accord they all would meet in Solomon's portico; 13* but of the rest, no one dared
to associate with them, yet the people made much of them. 14 And the multitude of men and women who believed in the
Lord increased still more, 15 so that they carried the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and pallets that, when
Peter passed, his shadow at least might fall on some of them. 16 And there came also multitudes from the towns near
Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those troubled with unclean spirits, and they were all cured.
Arrest of the Apostles
17 But the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (that is the party of the Sadducees), and being filled with
jealousy 18 seized the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened
the doors of the prison and led them out, and said, 20 "Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this
life." 21 And when they heard this, they went into the temple about daybreak and began to teach.
But the chief priests and his
party came and they called together the Sanhedrin and all the elders of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to
have them brought. 22 But when the officers came and, opening the prison, did not find them there, they returned and
reported, 23 saying, "The prison indeed we found securely locked, and the guards standing before the doors, but on opening
it we found no one inside." 24 Now when the officer of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were
much perplexed concerning them as to what might come of this. 25 But someone came and told them, "Behold, the men whom
you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people." 26 Then the captain went off with the officers
and brought them without violence, for they feared the people lest they should be stoned.
27 And having brought them, they set them
before the Sanhedrin. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, "We strictly charged you not to teach in
this name, and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and want to bring this man's blood upon us."
29 But Peter and the apostles
answered and said, "We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you put to death,
hanging him on a tree. 31* Him God exalted with his right hand to be Prince and Savior, to grant repentance to Israel
and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to all
who obey him."
But they, when they heard this, were cut to the heart and wanted to slay them.
34 But there stood up one in the Sanhedrin, a Pharisee
named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law respected by all the people, and he ordered that the men be put outside for a little
while. 35 And he said to them, "Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do to these men. 36 For some time
ago there rose up Theodas, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was slain,
and all his followers were dispersed and he was brought to nothing. 37 After him rose up Judas the Galilean in the days
of the census and drew some people after him; he too perished, and all his followers were scattered abroad. 38 So now
I say to you, Keep away from these men and let them alone. For if this plan or work is of men, it will be overthrown;
39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow it. Else perhaps you may find yourselves fighting even against
they agreed with him 40 and, calling in the apostles and having them scourged, they charged them not to speak in the name
of Jesus, and then let them go. 41 So they departed from the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been
counted worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus. 42 And they did not for a single day cease teaching and preaching
in the temple and from house to house the good news of Jesus as the Christ.
The rest, the people: refer to the same persons, i.e., those not converted. They were afraid of the Jewish
Prince: Christ is the Author or Founder of salvation.