Acts 5:11
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New International Version
Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.

New Living Translation
Great fear gripped the entire church and everyone else who heard what had happened.

English Standard Version
And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.

Berean Study Bible
And great fear came over the whole church and all who heard about these events.

Berean Literal Bible
And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all those hearing these things.

New American Standard Bible
And great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.

King James Bible
And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then great fear came on the whole church and on all who heard these things.

International Standard Version
And great fear seized the whole church and everyone else who heard about this.

NET Bible
Great fear gripped the whole church and all who heard about these things.

New Heart English Bible
Great fear came on the whole church, and on all who heard these things.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And there was great fear upon the entire church among all those who heard.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The whole church and everyone else who heard about what had happened were terrified.

New American Standard 1977
And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all who heard of these things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And great fear came upon all the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} and upon as many as heard these things.

King James 2000 Bible
And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

American King James Version
And great fear came on all the church, and on as many as heard these things.

American Standard Version
And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all that heard these things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there came great fear upon the whole church, and upon all that heard these things.

Darby Bible Translation
And great fear came upon all the assembly, and upon all who heard these things.

English Revised Version
And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all that heard these things.

Webster's Bible Translation
And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

Weymouth New Testament
This incident struck terror into the whole Church, and into the hearts of all who heard of it.

World English Bible
Great fear came on the whole assembly, and on all who heard these things.

Young's Literal Translation
and great fear came upon all the assembly, and upon all who heard these things.
Study Bible
Ananias and Sapphira
10At that instant she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and found her dead. So they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11And great fear came over the whole church and all who heard about these events. 12The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people, and with one accord the believers gathered together in Solomon’s Colonnade.…
Cross References
Acts 2:43
A sense of awe came over everyone, and the apostles performed many wonders and signs.

Acts 5:5
On hearing these words, Ananias fell down and died. And great fear came over all who heard what had happened.

Acts 9:31
Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria experienced a time of peace. It grew in strength and numbers, living in the fear of the Lord and the encouragement of the Holy Spirit.
Treasury of Scripture

And great fear came on all the church, and on as many as heard these things.

Acts 5:5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: …

Acts 19:17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; …

Psalm 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to …

Jeremiah 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not …

1 Corinthians 10:11,12 Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are …

Philippians 2:12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence …

Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering …

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved …

Hebrews 12:15,28 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any …

1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges …

Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only …

(11) And great fear came upon all the church.--With the exception of the doubtful reading in Acts 2:47, this is the first occurrence of the word ecclesia since the two instances in which our Lord had used it, as it were, by anticipation. (See Notes on Matthew 16:18; Matthew 18:17.) Its frequent use in the LXX. version for the "assembly," or "congregation," of Israel (Deuteronomy 18:16; Deuteronomy 23:1; Psalm 26:12; Psalm 68:26), its associations with the political life of Greece as applied to the assemblies, every member of which was a full citizen, made it a natural and fitting word for the new society; and the use by our Lord either of the actual Greek word or of the corresponding Aramaic term stamped it with His sanction. Its occurrence here is, perhaps, an indication of the increase of the Hellenistic element among the disciples. The sudden startling death of Ananias and his wife naturally tended to give a new prominence to the society, the rulers of which were seen to be clothed with supernatural powers; and the fear that fell upon all who heard of these things led them in part to draw near with reverence, in part to shrink back in awe.

Verse 11. - The whole Church for all the Church, A.V.; all that heard for as many as heard, A.V. The awful death of the two liars to God not only struck a salutary fear into the minds of the whole Church, but filled with awe all outside the Church who heard of it; and doubtless gave a temporary check to the persecutions, while it disposed many to hearken to the apostles' preaching. And great fear came upon all the church,.... Which was still more increased by this instance of Sapphira's death:

and upon as many as heard these things; who were not of the church; See Gill on Acts 5:5. 11. And great fear came upon all the church, etc.—This effect on the Christian community itself was the chief design of so startling a judgment; which had its counterpart, as the sin itself had, in Achan (Jos 7:1-26), while the time—at the commencement of a new career—was similar.5:1-11 The sin of Ananias and Sapphira was, that they were ambitious of being thought eminent disciples, when they were not true disciples. Hypocrites may deny themselves, may forego their worldly advantage in one instance, with a prospect of finding their account in something else. They were covetous of the wealth of the world, and distrustful of God and his providence. They thought they might serve both God and mammon. They thought to deceive the apostles. The Spirit of God in Peter discerned the principle of unbelief reigning in the heart of Ananias. But whatever Satan might suggest, he could not have filled the heart of Ananias with this wickedness had he not been consenting. The falsehood was an attempt to deceive the Spirit of truth, who so manifestly spoke and acted by the apostles. The crime of Ananias was not his retaining part of the price of the land; he might have kept it all, had he pleased; but his endeavouring to impose upon the apostles with an awful lie, from a desire to make a vain show, joined with covetousness. But if we think to put a cheat upon God, we shall put a fatal cheat upon our own souls. How sad to see those relations who should quicken one another to that which is good, hardening one another in that which is evil! And this punishment was in reality mercy to vast numbers. It would cause strict self-examination, prayer, and dread of hypocrisy, covetousness, and vain-glory, and it should still do so. It would prevent the increase of false professors. Let us learn hence how hateful falsehood is to the God of truth, and not only shun a direct lie, but all advantages from the use of doubtful expressions, and double meaning in our speech.
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