Fate of Ananias and Sapphira

But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and (A)kept back some of the [a]proceeds for himself, with his wife’s [b]full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he (B)laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has (C)Satan filled your heart to lie (D)to the Holy Spirit and to (E)keep back some of the [c]proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not [d]under your control? Why is it that you have [e]conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men, but (F)to God.” And as he heard these words, Ananias (G)collapsed and [f]died; and (H)great fear came over all who heard about it. The young men got up and (I)covered him up, and after carrying him out, they buried him.

Now an interval of about three hours elapsed, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter responded to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land (J)for [g]this price?” And she said, “Yes, for [h]that price.” Then Peter said to her, “Why is it that you have agreed together to (K)put (L)the 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 (M)collapsed at his feet and [i]died; and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And (N)great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard about these things.

12 [j]At the hands of the apostles many [k](O)signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all [l]together in (P)Solomon’s [m]portico. 13 But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, (Q)the people held them in high esteem. 14 And increasingly (R)believers in the Lord, large numbers of men and women, were being (S)added 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 (T)at least his shadow might fall on any of them. 16 The [n]people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together as well, bringing people who were sick [o]or tormented with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.

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  1. Acts 5:2 Lit price
  2. Acts 5:2 Or collusion
  3. Acts 5:3 Lit price
  4. Acts 5:4 Or in your authority
  5. Acts 5:4 Lit placed
  6. Acts 5:5 Lit expired
  7. Acts 5:8 Lit so much
  8. Acts 5:8 Lit so much
  9. Acts 5:10 Lit expired
  10. Acts 5:12 Lit Through
  11. Acts 5:12 I.e., confirming miracles
  12. Acts 5:12 Or of one mind
  13. Acts 5:12 Or colonnade
  14. Acts 5:16 Lit multitude
  15. Acts 5:16 Lit and

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