5 1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a
2and 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.
3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thy heart to lie to the
Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4While it remained, did it not remain thine own? and after it was sold,
was it not in thy power? How is it that thou hast conceived this thing in thy
heart? thou has not lied unto men, but unto God.
5And Ananias hearing
these words fell down and gave up the ghost: and great fear came upon all
that heard it.
6And the young men arose and wrapped him round, and they
carried him out and buried him.
7And it was about the space of three
hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much. And
she said, Yea, for so much.
9But Peter said unto her, How is it
that ye have agreed together to try the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet
of them that have buried thy husband are at the door, and they shall carry
10And she fell down immediately at his feet, and gave up the
ghost: and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out
and buried her by her husband.
11And great fear came upon the whole
church, and upon all that heard these things.
12And 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.
13But of the rest durst no man
join himself to them: howbeit the people magnified them;
were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of them and women;
15insomuch that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid
them on beds and couches, that, as Peter came by, at the least his shadow
might overshadow some one of them.
16And there also came together the
multitudes from the cities round about Jerusalem, bring sick folk, and them
that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
17But the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him (which is
the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy,
laid hands on the apostles, and put them in public ward.
19But an angel
of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them out, and said,
20Go ye, and stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of
21And when they heard this, they entered into the
temple about daybreak, 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-house to have them brought.
22But the officers that came found them not in the prison; and they
returned, and told,
23saying, The prison-house we found shut in all
safety, and the keepers standing at the doors: but when we had opened, we
found no man within.
24Now when the captain of the temple and the chief
priests heard these words, they were much perplexed concerning them whereunto
this would grow.
25And there came one and told them, Behold, the men whom
ye put in the prison are in the temple standing and teaching the people.
26Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them, but
without violence; for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned.
27And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And
the high priest asked them,
28saying, We strictly charged you not to
teach in this name: and behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your teaching,
and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
29But Peter and the
apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men.
of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew, hanging him on a tree.
31Him did God exalt with his right hand to be a Prince and a
Saviour, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins.
are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God
hath given to them that obey him.
33But they, when they heard this, were
cut to the heart, and minded to slay them.
34But there stood up one in
the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in honor of
all the people, and commanded to put the men forth a little while.
he said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves as touching
these men, what ye are about to do.
36For before these days rose up
Theudas, giving himself out 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 dispersed, and came to nought.
37After this man rose up Judas
of Galilee in the days of the enrolment, and drew away some of the
people after him: he also perished; and all, as many as obeyed him, were
38And 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 be
39but if it is of God, ye will not be able to overthrow them;
lest haply ye be found even to be fighting against God.
40And to him they
agreed: and when they had called the apostles unto them, they beat them and
charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
therefore departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were
counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name.
42And every day, in the
temple and at home, they ceased not to teach and to preach Jesus as