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Acts 4:1-37

4  And while they were speaking to the people, in came the priests and the provost of the temple and the Sadducees, 2  nettled because they were teaching the people and announcing resurrection from the dead in the case of Jesus, 3  and laid hands on them and put them in custody till the next day, for it was already evening. 4  But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number, of men, came to be about five thousand. 5  But on the next day their rulers and elders and scribes met at Jerusalem, 6*  and High Priest Hannas and Caiaphas and Jonathan and Alexander and as many as came of high-priestly family, 7  and they set them in the middle and inquired “By what power or by what name did you do that?” 8  Then Peter, filled with Holy Spirit, said to them “Rulers of the people and elders, 9*  if we are today being examined as to a benefit done to a sick man, by whose means he has been made well, 10  be it known to you all and to all the people of Israel that it is just by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands here before you sound and well. 11  This is the stone scorned by you the builders, that has come to be the top of the corner. 12*  And by nothing else is there salvation—for there is not another name under the heavens, given among men, that we must be saved by.” 13  And, seeing the outspokenness of Peter and John, and perceiving that they were plain illiterate men, they wondered at it; and they recognized them as having been with Jesus; 14  and, seeing the cured man standing with them, they were not able to say anything against it. 15  But, giving orders that they should go outside the session, they conferred with each other, 16  saying “What shall we do with these men? that an evident token has been done through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it; 17  but, that it may not spread widely among the people, let us warn them with threats not to talk in this name again to any human being.” 18  And they called them and enjoined them not to speak nor teach in the name of Jesus at all. 19  But Peter and John answered them “Decide whether it is a right thing before God to listen more to you than to God; 20  for we cannot help telling what we have seen and heard.” 21  And they made additional threats and released them, no way to punish them being found because of the people, since they were all glorifying God over what had taken place; 22*  for the man on whom this token of healing was done was more than forty years old. 23  And, being released, they came to their own company and reported everything the chief priests and elders had said to them; 24  and they, upon hearing it, unanimously raised their voices to God and said “Master, thou who madest the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them! 25***  As our father thy servant David said by direction of the Holy Spirit, ‘Why have nations blustered and peoples studied useless plans, 26  the kings of the earth taken their stand and the rulers met together, against the Lord and against his anointed?’ for against thy holy servant Jesus, whom thou anointedst, 27*  both Herod and Pontius Pilate did certainly meet in this city, with nations and the peoples of Israel, 28  to do so much as thy hand and plan had foreordained should come to pass. 29  And now, Lord, turn thy eye upon their threats, and grant thy servants the gift of speaking thy word with all boldness 30  while thou dost stretch out thy hand for healing, and tokens and wonders are done through the name of thy holy son Jesus.” 31  And when they had prayed the place where they were met shook, and one and all were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke God’s word with boldness. 32*  And the community of believers was one in heart and soul, and not one said that any of his property was his own, but they had everything in common; 33*  and with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus; and there was great grace upon them all, 34  nor was there anybody in want among them. For such as were owners of lands or houses offered them for sale, 35  and brought the price of what were sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and distribution was made to each as he needed. 36*  And Joseph, also named Barnabas by the apostles (which means Son of Encouragement), a Levite, a Cypriote by nationality, 37  being the owner of a field, sold it and brought the amount and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Footnotes

4:6 Var. Caiaphas and John and Alexander
4:9 Or has been saved
4:12 Var. you must be saved by
4:22 Var. the sign of healing
4:25 So if this part was originally in Aramaic; if not, then according to less correct copies of the Greek in them; who saidst through the mouth of thy servant David ‘Why The oldest and best copies of the Greek have in them; who through the mouth of the Holy Spirit of our father thy servant David saidst
4:25 Or Why have the heathen
4:25 (blustered) Lit. neighed
4:27 Or with the heathen and
4:32 Var. soul, and there was no disagreement among them, and not one
4:33 Var. the apostles of the Lord Jesus gave their testimony to the resurrection
4:36 Or Son of Comfort