Acts 5 ©

1 Ananias and Sapphira, profanely tempting the Holy Ghost with a lie, at Peter's rebuke fall down dead. 12 The apostles work many miracles to the great increase of the faith. 17 They are all imprisoned, but released by an angel, and sent to preach openly in the temple: being brought before the council, 29 they support their witness with great freedom. 33 The council are restrained from killing them by the advice of Gamaliel, but beat and dismiss them with a charge not to speak in the name of Jesus. 41 They rejoice in their sufferings, and cease not to preach Christ both in public and private.


BUT aa certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,


bAnd 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.


But Peter said, Ananias, why chath Satan filled thine heart 1to lie to the Holy *Ghost, and to dkeep back part of the price of the land?


Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but eunto God.


And Ananias hearing these words ffell down, and *gave up the *ghost: and ggreat fear came on all them that heard these things.


And the young men arose, hwound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.


And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.


And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.


Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have iagreed together to jtempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.


kThen 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.

k v.5.

lAnd great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.


mAnd by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and nthey were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.


oAnd of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.


pAnd believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)


Insomuch that they brought forth the sick 2into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least qthe shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.


There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were rhealed every one.


sThen the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with 3indignation,

s ch. 4.1,5,6.

tAnd laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.


uBut the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,


Go, stand and speak vin the temple to the people wall the words of this life.


And when they heard that, xthey entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. yBut 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 to have them brought.


But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told,


Saying, zThe prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing *without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.

z v.19.

Now when the high priest and athe captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they bdoubted of them whereunto this would grow.


cThen came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.

c v.20,21.

Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for dthey feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.


And when they had brought them, ethey set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,


Saying, fDid not we *straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and gintend to bring this man's hblood upon us.


¶Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, iWe ought to obey God rather than men.


jThe God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.


kHim hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and la Saviour, for to give mrepentance to Israel, and nforgiveness of sins.


And owe are his witnesses of these things; and so is also pthe Holy *Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.


¶When they heard that, they qwere cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.


Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named rGamaliel, a *doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;


And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, stake heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.


For tbefore these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom ua number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as 4obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.


vAfter this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the *taxing, and drew away much people after him: whe also perished; and all, even as many as 5obeyed him, were dispersed.

v Lu. 2.1,2; 13.1,2.

And now I say unto you, xRefrain from these men, and let them alone: yfor if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:


But zif it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; *lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.


And to him they agreed: aand when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.


¶And they departed from the presence of the council, brejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.


cAnd daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.