Acts 4
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Peter and John Arrested

1Now as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, 2being greatly agitated because they were teaching the people and proclaiming [†]in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. 4But many of those who had heard the [†]message believed, and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

5Now it happened that on the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; 6and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent. 7And when they had placed them in their midst, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?” 8Then Peter, [†]filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “[†]Rulers and elders of the people, 9if we are [†]being examined today for a good deed done to a sick man, [†]as to how this man has been [†]saved from his sickness, 10let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that [†]by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—[†]by [†]this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11[†]He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone. 12And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Peter and John Threatened and Released

13Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and comprehended that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were marveling, and began to recognize them [†]as having been with Jesus. 14And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. 15But when they had ordered them to leave the [†]Sanhedrin, they began to confer with one another, 16saying, “What should we do with these men? For the fact that a noteworthy [†]sign has happened through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17But lest it spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man in this name.” 18And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all [†]in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to hear you rather than God, you be the judge; 20for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” 21And when they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened; 22for the man was more than forty years old on whom this sign of healing had occurred.

23So when they were released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O Master, it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM, 25who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said,






27For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy [†]Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the [†]Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. 29And [†]now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your slaves may speak Your word with all confidence, 30while You extend Your hand to heal, and [†]signs and wonders happen through the name of Your holy [†]Servant Jesus.” 31And when they had prayed earnestly, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with confidence.

Distribution Among Needy Believers

32And the [†]congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and not one was saying that any of his possessions was his own, but, for them, everything was common. 33And with great power the apostles were bearing witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the [†]proceeds of the sales 35and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.

36Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of [†]Encouragement), 37and who owned a field, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

2 Or in the case of
4 Lit word
8 Or having just been filled
8 Lit Rulers of the people and elders
9 Or on trial
9 Or by whom
9 Or made well
10 Or in
10 Or in
10 Or Him
11 Lit This One
13 Lit that they had been
15 Or Council
16 Or attesting miracle
18 Or on the basis of
25 Or nations
26 Or approached
26 Or Anointed One; Messiah, cf. Ps 2:2; Acts 4:27
27 Or Son
27 Or nations
29 Or as for the present situation
30 Or attesting miracles
30 Or Son
32 Or multitude
34 Lit the prices of the things being sold
36 Or Exhortation, Consolation

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