New Heart English Bible
1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sappirah, his wife, sold a possession, 2and kept back part of the price, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part, and put it at the apostles' feet. 3But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4While you kept it, did not it remain your own? After it was sold, was not it in your power? How is it that you have conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to people, but to God." 5Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and died. Great fear came on all who heard it. 6The young men arose and wrapped him up, and they carried him out and buried him.
7About three hours later, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in. 8Peter answered her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much." She said, "Yes, for so much." 9But Peter asked her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." 10She fell down immediately at his feet, and died. The young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her husband. 11Great fear came on the whole church, and on all who heard these things.
12By the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. They were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. 13None of the rest dared to join them, however the people honored them. 14More believers were added to the Lord, crowds of both men and women. 15They even carried out the sick into the streets, and put them on cots and mats, so that as Peter came by at the least his shadow would fall on some of them. 16Crowds also came together from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing sick people, and those who were tormented by unclean spirits: and they were all healed.
17But the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy, 18and laid hands on the apostles, and put them in public custody. 19But an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors by night, and brought them out, and said, 20"Go stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life." 21When they heard this, they entered into the temple about daybreak, and taught. But the high priest came, and those who were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22But the officers who came did not find them in the prison. They returned and reported, 23"We found the prison shut and locked, and the guards standing before the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside." 24Now when the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these words, they were very perplexed about them and what might become of this. 25One came and told them, "Look, the men whom you put in prison are in the temple, standing and teaching the people." 26Then the captain went with the officers, and brought them without violence, for they were afraid that the people might stone them.
27When they had brought them, they set them before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28saying, "Did not we strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and intend to bring this man's blood on us." 29But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than people. 30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed, hanging him on a tree. 31God exalted him with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins. 32We are witnesses of these things; and so also is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
33But they, when they heard this, were cut to the heart, and wanted to kill them. 34But one stood up in the council, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, honored by all the people, and commanded to put the men out for a little while. 35He said to them, "You men of Israel, be careful concerning these men, what you are about to do. 36For before these days Todah rose up, making 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 nothing. 37After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the enrollment, and drew away some people after him. He also perished, and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered abroad. 38Now I tell you, withdraw from these men, and leave them alone. For if this counsel or this work is of man, it will be overthrown. 39But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them, and you would be found even to be fighting against God."
40They agreed with him. Summoning the apostles, they beat them and commanded them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41They therefore departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name. 42Every day, in the temple and at home, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming that Jesus is the Messiah.