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Fate of Ananias and Sapphira

1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and akept back [some] of the price for himself, with his wife’s Ifull knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he blaid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has aSatan filled your heart to lie bto the Holy Spirit and to ckeep back [some] of the price of the land? 4 While it remained [unsold], did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not Iunder your control? Why is it that you have IIconceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but ato God.” 5 And as he heard these words, Ananias afell down and breathed his last; and bgreat fear came over all who heard of it. 6 The young men got up and acovered him up, and after carrying him out, they buried him.

[2] IOr collusion aAc 5:3 bAc 4:35, 37
[3] aMt 4:10; Lk 22:3; Jn 13:2, 27 bAc 5:4, 9 cAc 5:2
[4] IOr in your authority IILit placed aAc 5:3, 9
[5] aEzk 11:13; Ac 5:10 bAc 2:43; 5:11
[6] aJn 19:40

7 ¶ Now there elapsed an interval of about three hours, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter responded to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land Iafor such and such a price?” And she said, “Yes, Ithat was the price.” 9 Then Peter [said] to her, “Why is it that you have agreed together to aput bthe Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out [as well].” 10 And immediately she afell 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 beside her husband. 11 And agreat fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.

[8] ILit for so much aAc 5:2
[9] aAc 15:10 bAc 5:3, 4
[10] aEzk 11:13; Ac 5:5
[11] aAc 2:43; 5:5

12IAt the hands of the apostles many asigns and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in bSolomon’s portico. 13 But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, athe people held them in high esteem. 14 And all the more abelievers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly badded to [their number], 15 to such an extent that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by aat least his shadow might fall on any one of them. 16 Also the Ipeople from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick IIor afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.

[12] ILit Through aJn 4:48 bJn 10:23; Ac 3:11
[13] aAc 2:47; 4:21
[14] a2Co 6:15 bAc 2:47; 11:24
[15] aAc 19:12
[16] ILit multitude IILit and

Imprisonment and Release

17 ¶ But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is athe sect of bthe Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. 18 They laid hands on the apostles and aput them in a public jail. 19 But during the night aan angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, 20 “Go, stand and Ispeak to the people in the temple IIathe whole message of this Life.” 21 Upon hearing [this], they entered into the temple aabout daybreak and [began] to teach.

¶ Now when bthe high priest and his associates came, they called cthe ICouncil together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent [orders] to the prison house for them to be brought. 22 But athe officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back, 23 saying, “We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside.” 24 Now when athe captain of the temple [guard] and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what Iwould come of this. 25 But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” 26 Then athe captain went along with bthe officers and [proceeded] to bring them [back] without violence (for cthey were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned).

[17] aAc 15:5 bMt 3:7; Ac 4:1
[18] aAc 4:3
[19] aMt 1:20, 24; 2:13, 19; 28:2; Lk 1:11; 2:9; Ac 8:26; 10:3; 12:7, 23; 27:23
[20] IOr continue to speak IILit all the words aJn 6:63, 68
[21] IOr Sanhedrin aJn 8:2 bAc 4:6 cMt 5:22; Ac 5:27, 34, 41
[22] aMt 26:58; Ac 5:26
[24] ILit this would become aAc 4:1; 5:26
[26] aAc 5:24 bAc 5:22 cAc 4:21; 5:13

27 ¶ When they had brought them, they stood them Ibefore athe Council. The high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We gave you astrict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and Iyet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and bintend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “aWe must obey God rather than men. 30 aThe God of our fathers braised up Jesus, Iwhom you had cput to death by hanging Him on a IIcross. 31 aHe is the one whom God exalted Ito His right hand as a IIbPrince and a cSavior, to grant drepentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are awitnesses Iof these things; and b[so is] the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

[27] ILit in aMt 5:22; Ac 5:21, 34, 41
[28] ILit behold aAc 4:18 bMt 23:35; 27:25; Ac 2:23, 36; 3:14f; 7:52
[29] aAc 4:19
[30] IOr on whom you had laid violent hands IILit wood aAc 3:13 bAc 2:24 cAc 10:39; 13:29; Ga 3:13; 1P 2:24
[31] IOr by IIOr Leader aAc 2:33 bAc 3:15 cLk 2:11 dLk 24:47; Ac 2:38
[32] IOne early ms adds in Him aLk 24:48 bJn 15:26; Ac 15:28; Ro 8:16; He 2:4

Gamaliel’s Counsel

33 ¶ But when they heard this, they were acut Ito the quick and intended to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee named aGamaliel, a bteacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in cthe Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, aclaiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. IBut he was killed, and all who IIfollowed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of athe census and drew away [some] people after him; he too perished, and all those who Ifollowed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or Iaction ais of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found afighting against God.”

[33] IOr in their hearts aAc 2:37; 7:54
[34] aAc 22:3 bLk 2:46; 5:17 cAc 5:21
[36] ILit Who was killed IILit were obeying aAc 8:9; Ga 2:6; 6:3
[37] ILit were obeying aLk 2:2
[38] IOr work aMk 11:30
[39] aPv 21:30; Ac 11:17

40 ¶ They Itook his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they aflogged them and ordered them not to IIspeak in the name of Jesus, and [then] released them. 41 So they went on their way from the presence of the IaCouncil, brejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame cfor [His] name. 42 aAnd every day, in the temple and Ifrom house to house, they IIkept right on teaching and IIIbpreaching Jesus [as] the IVChrist.

[40] ILit were persuaded by him IILit be speaking aMt 10:17
[41] IOr Sanhedrin aAc 5:21 b1P 4:14, 16 cJn 15:21
[42] IOr in the various private homes IILit were not ceasing to IIILit telling the good news of IVI.e. Messiah aAc 2:46 bAc 8:35; 11:20; 17:18; Ga 1:16


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After that Ananias and Sapphira his wife for their hypocrisy at Peter's rebuke had fallen down dead,

1 ¶ But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 And kept back [part] of the price, his wife also being privy [to it], and brought a certain part, and laid [it] at the apostles' feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back [part] of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried [him] out, and buried [him]. 7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when 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 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband [are] at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying [her] forth, buried [her] by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

[1] Lv 10:1; Jsh 6:1; Mt 13:47; Jn 6:37; 2Ti 2:20.
[2] Jsh 7:11; 2K 5:21; Mal 1:14; 3:8; Mt 6:2; 23:5; Jn 12:6; Ac 4:34, 37; 5:9; Php 2:3; 1Ti 6:10; 2P 2:14.
[3] Gn 3:13; Nu 30:2; Dt 23:21; 1K 22:21; 1Ch 21:1; Jb 22:13; Ps 94:7; Pv 20:25; Ec 5:4; Is 29:15; Jr 23:24; Ho 11:12; Mt 4:3; 13:19; Lk 22:3; Jn 13:2, 27; Ac 5:9; Ro 2:21; Ep 6:11; Jm 4:7; 1P 5:8; Rv 12:9.
[4] Ex 16:8; 35:21, 29; Nu 16:11; Jsh 7:25; 1S 8:7; 2K 5:25; 1Ch 29:3, 5, 9, 17; Jb 15:35; Ps 7:14; 139:4; Is 59:4; Ezk 38:10; Lk 10:16; Ac 5:3; 8:21; 1Co 8:8; 9:5; 1Th 4:8; Phm 1:14; Jm 1:15.
[5] Lv 10:3; Nu 16:26, 34; 17:12; Dt 13:11; 21:21; Jsh 22:20; 1S 6:19; 2K 1:10; 2:24; 1Ch 13:12; 15:13; Ps 64:9; 119:120; Jr 5:14; Ac 2:43; 5:10, 11, 13; 13:11; 1Co 4:21; 2Co 7:11; 10:2; 13:2, 10; Rv 11:5, 13.
[6] Lv 10:4; Dt 21:23; 2S 18:17; Jn 19:40.
[9] Gn 3:9; Ex 17:2, 7; Nu 14:22; Dt 13:6; 2K 6:32; Ps 50:18; 78:18, 40, 56; 95:8; Pv 11:21; 16:5; Mi 7:3; Mt 4:7; Lk 16:2; Ac 5:3, 6; 23:20; Ro 3:19; 10:15; 1Co 10:9.
[10] Ac 5:5.
[11] Ps 89:7; Jr 32:40; Ac 5:5; 19:17; 1Co 10:11; Php 2:12; He 4:1; 11:7; 12:15, 28; 1P 1:17; Rv 15:4.

and that the rest of the Apostles had wrought many miracles,

12 ¶ And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. 13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.

[12] Mk 16:17, 20; Jn 10:23; Ac 1:14; 2:42, 43, 46; 3:6, 11; 4:30, 32, 33; 9:33, 40; 14:3, 8; 16:18; 19:11; Ro 15:19; 2Co 12:12; He 2:4.
[13] Nu 17:12; 24:8; 1S 16:4; 1K 17:18; Is 33:14; Lk 12:1; 14:26; 19:37, 48; Jn 9:22; 12:42; 19:38; Ac 2:47; 4:21; 5:5; 19:17; 2P 2:20.

to the increase of the faith:

14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) 15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid [them] on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. 16 There came also a multitude [out] of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

[14] Ex 35:22; Dt 29:11; 31:11; 2S 6:19; Ezr 10:1; Ne 8:2; Is 44:3; 45:24; 55:11; Ac 2:41, 47; 4:4; 6:7; 8:3, 12; 9:2, 31, 35, 42; 22:4; 1Co 11:11; Ga 3:28.
[15] Mt 9:21; 14:36; Jn 14:12; Ac 19:11.
[16] Mt 4:24; 8:16; 15:30; Mk 2:3; 6:54; 16:17; Lk 5:17; 9:11; Jn 14:12; Ac 4:30; 1Co 12:9; Jm 5:16.

the Apostles are again imprisoned,

17 ¶ Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, 18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.

[17] 1S 18:12; Jb 5:2; Ps 2:1; Pv 14:30; 27:4; Ec 4:4; Mt 27:18; Jn 11:47; 12:10, 19; Ac 4:1, 6, 26; 7:9; 13:45; 17:5; 23:6; Ga 5:21; Jm 3:14; 4:5; 1P 2:1.
[18] Lk 21:12; Ac 4:3; 8:3; 12:5; 16:23; 2Co 11:23; He 11:36; Rv 2:10.

but delivered by an angel bidding them to preach openly to all:

19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, 20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.

[19] Ps 34:7; 105:17; 146:7; Is 61:1; Ac 12:7; 16:26.
[20] Ex 24:3; Is 58:1; Jr 7:2; 19:14; 20:2; 22:1; 26:2; 36:10; Mt 21:23; Jn 6:63, 68; 12:50; 17:3, 8; 18:20; Ac 11:14; 1Jn 1:1; 5:11.

when, after their teaching accordingly in the Temple,

21 And when they heard [that], they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told, 23 Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within. 24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. 25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. 26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. 27 And when they had brought them, they set [them] before the council: and the high priest asked them, 28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.

[21] Ps 105:22; Lk 21:37; 22:66; Jn 8:2; 18:35; Ac 4:5, 7; 5:17, 24, 25; 12:18; 22:2, 15.
[23] Ps 2:4; 33:10; Pv 21:30; Lm 3:37, 55; Dn 3:11; 6:22; Mt 27:63; 28:12; Jn 8:59; Ac 5:19.
[24] Is 9:7; 53:1; Dn 2:34, 44; Zc 6:12; Mk 4:30; Lk 22:4, 52; Jn 11:47; 12:19; Ac 2:12; 4:1, 16, 21; 5:26.
[25] Ac 5:18.
[26] Mt 14:5; 21:26; 26:5; Lk 20:6, 19; 22:2; Ac 5:13.
[27] Lk 22:66; Ac 4:7; 6:12; 22:30; 23:1.
[28] 1K 18:17; 21:20; 22:8; Jr 26:15; 38:4; Am 7:10; Mt 21:44; 23:35; 27:25; Ac 2:23; 3:15; 4:10, 18; 5:40; 7:52; 1Th 2:15.

and before the council,

29 ¶ Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

[29] Gn 3:17; 1S 15:24; Mk 7:7; Ac 4:19; Rv 14:8.
[30] 1Ch 12:17; 29:18; Ezr 7:27; Lk 1:55, 72; Ac 2:22, 32; 3:13, 26; 4:10; 10:39; 13:28, 33; 22:14; Ga 3:13; 1P 2:24.
[31] Ps 2:6; 89:19, 24; 110:1; Is 9:6; 43:3, 11; 45:21; 49:26; Jr 31:31; Ezk 17:24; 34:24; 36:25; 37:25; Dn 9:25; 10:21; Zc 12:10; Mt 1:21; 28:18; Mk 2:10; 4:12; Lk 2:11; 24:47; Jn 20:21; Ac 2:33, 36; 3:15, 19, 26; 4:11; 11:18; 13:23, 38; Ro 11:26; 2Co 2:10; Ep 1:7, 20; Php 2:9; 3:20; Col 1:14; 2Ti 2:25; Tit 1:4; 2:10, 13; 3:4; He 2:10; 12:2; 1P 3:22; 2P 1:1, 11; 2:20; 3:18; 1Jn 4:14; Jde 1:25; Rv 1:5.
[32] Lk 24:47; Jn 7:39; 15:26, 27; 16:7; Ac 1:8; 2:4, 32, 38; 5:29; 10:39, 44; 13:31; 2Co 13:1; He 2:3, 4; 1P 1:12.

they are in danger to be killed, through the advice of Gamaliel, a great counsellor among the Jews, they be kept alive,

33 ¶ When they heard [that], they were cut [to the heart], and took counsel to slay them. 34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; 35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. 36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. 37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, [even] as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. 38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

[33] Gn 4:5; Ps 37:12, 32; 64:2; Mt 10:21, 25; 23:34; 24:9; Lk 4:28; 6:11; 11:50; 19:45; 20:19; Jn 15:20; 16:2; Ac 2:37; 7:54; 9:23; 22:22.
[34] Ps 76:10; Lk 2:46; 5:17; Jn 7:50; Ac 4:15; 22:3; 23:7.
[35] Jr 26:19; Mt 27:19; Ac 19:36; 22:26.
[36] Mt 24:24, 26; Ac 8:9; 21:38; 2Th 2:3; 2P 2:2, 18; Jde 1:16; Rv 17:3, 5.
[37] Jb 20:5; Ps 7:14; 9:15; Mt 26:52; Lk 2:1; 13:1.
[38] Ne 4:15; Jb 5:12; Ps 33:10; Pv 21:30; Is 7:5; 8:9; 14:25; Lm 3:37; Mt 15:13; Jn 11:48; Ac 5:35; 1Co 1:26; 3:19.
[39] Gn 24:50; Ex 10:3; 2S 5:2; 1K 12:24; 2K 19:22; Jb 15:25; 34:29; 40:9; Is 43:13; 45:9; 46:10; Dn 4:35; Mt 16:18; Lk 21:15; Ac 6:10; 7:51; 9:5; 23:9; 1Co 1:25; 10:22; Rv 17:12.

and are but beaten: for which they glorify God, and cease no day from preaching.

40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten [them], they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

[40] Pv 12:10; Is 30:10; Am 2:12; Mi 2:6; Mt 10:17; 23:34; Mk 13:9; Lk 20:10; Jn 19:1; Ac 4:17, 18; 5:28; 2Co 11:24.

41 ¶ And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

[41] Is 61:10; 65:14; 66:5; Mt 5:10; Lk 6:22; Ac 16:23; Ro 5:3; 2Co 12:10; Php 1:29; He 10:34; 12:2; Jm 1:2; 1P 4:13.
[42] 2S 6:22; Lk 21:37; 22:53; Ac 2:46; 3:1, 2; 4:20, 29; 5:20; 8:5, 35; 9:20; 17:3; 20:20; Ro 1:15; 1Co 2:2; Ga 6:14; Ep 4:20; 2Ti 4:2.


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