15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin(A) and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?”(B) they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign,(C) and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.(D) 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him?(E) You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking(F) about what we have seen and heard.”(G)

21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people(H) were praising God(I) for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

The Believers Pray

23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.(J) “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.(K) 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:(L)

“‘Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
against the Lord
    and against his anointed one.[a][b](M)

27 Indeed Herod(N) and Pontius Pilate(O) met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus,(P) whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.(Q) 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.(R) 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders(S) through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”(T)

31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.(U) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit(V) and spoke the word of God(W) boldly.(X)

The Believers Share Their Possessions

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.(Y) 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify(Z) to the resurrection(AA) of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace(AB) was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them,(AC) brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet,(AD) and it was distributed to anyone who had need.(AE)

36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas(AF) (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.(AG)

Ananias and Sapphira

Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself,(AH) but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.(AI)

Footnotes

  1. Acts 4:26 That is, Messiah or Christ
  2. Acts 4:26 Psalm 2:1,2

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