OF THE APOSTLES
Acts 5 ©
1 Ananias, by reason of his hypocrisy and lying, is reproved by Peter, and punished by God with a sudden death. 7 Likewise also Sapphira his wife. 12 Many miracles are done by the apostles on the sick and possessed, and also by the shadow of Peter. 17 The apostles are imprisoned. 19 And delivered by an angel. 21 The Jewish council, being assembled, send to fetch them, but finds the prison empty. 25 They are fetched out of the temple, and brought again before the council. 29 Before which they defend themselves, and bear witness of Christ and His resurrection. 33 The council intends to put them to death. 34 But on Gamaliel’s warning they are set free. 40 Yet first being scourged. 41. Whereat they rejoice, and go forward in preaching as boldly as before.
BUT a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold 1a possession,
And 2kept back part of the price, his wife also being privyato it, and brought a certain part, and laid it 3at the apostles' feet.
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan 4filled thine heart 5to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
6Whiles it remained, 7was it not thine own? and after it was sold, 8was it not in thine own power? why hast thou 9conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast 10not lied unto men, but 11unto God.
And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and 12gave up the ghost:b and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
And 13the young men arose, 14wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
And it was about the space 15of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what 16was done, 17came in.
And Peter 18answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for 19so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together 20to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall 21carry thee out.
Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
¶Andc22by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in 23Solomon’s porch.
And of 24the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people 25magnified them.
And believers were the 26more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
Insomuch that they brought forth the sick 27into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter 28passing by might 29overshadow some of them.
There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, andd them which were 30vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
¶Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is 31the sect 32of the Sadducees,) and were filled with 33indignation,
And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
Bute the angel of the Lord by night 34opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,
Go, 35stand and speak in the temple to the people 36all the words of this life.
And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the 37council together, and all 38the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told,
Saying, The prison truly found we shut 39with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.
Now when 40the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.
Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.
Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: forf they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.
And when they had brought them, they set them 41before the council: and the high priest asked them,
Saying, Didg not we 42straitly command you that ye should not teach 43in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring 44this man's blood upon us.
¶Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, Weh ought to obey God rather than men.
Thei God of our fathers 45raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hangedj on a tree.
Him hath God exaltedk with his right hand to be a 46Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to 47Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
And we are hisl witnesses 48of these things; and so is also 49the Holy Ghost, whom God hath givenm to them that obey him.
¶When they heard that, they were 50cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.
Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named 51Gamaliel, a doctorn of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth 52a little space;
And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.
Foro53before these days rose up 54Theudas, boasting himself to be 55somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, 56joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
57After this man rose up 58Judas of Galilee 59in the days 60of the taxing,p and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
And now I say unto you, 61Refrain from these men, and let them alone: forq if 62this counsel or this work be 63of men, it will come 64to nought:
But if it be 65of God, ye cannot 66overthrow it; lest 67haply ye be found even to fight againstr God.
And to him they 68agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and 69beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak 70in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
¶And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicings that they were counted 71worthy to suffer shame 72for his name.
And daily in the temple, and 73in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.