1 Peter and John arrested
2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.
4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
6 And Luke 3:2;John 11:49;& 18:13Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, Ex. 2:14;Mat. 21:23;ch. 7:27By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
8 Luke 12:11,12Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, ch. 3:6,16that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, ch. 2:24whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 Ps. 118:22;Is. 28:16;Mat. 21:42This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Mat. 1:21;ch. 10:43;1 Tim. 2:5,6Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, Mat. 11:25;1 Cor. 1:27and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
14 And beholding the man which was healed ch. 3:11standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
16 Saying, John 11:47What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is ch. 3:9,10manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.
17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
18 Again, ch. 5:40And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, ch. 5:29Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20 ch. 1:8;& 2:32For we cannot but speak the things which ch. 22:15;1 John 1:1,3we have seen and heard.
21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, Mat. 21:26;Luke 20:6,19;& 22:2;ch. 5:26because of the people: for all men glorified God for ch. 3:7,8that which was done.
22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.
23 The report to the believers
23 And being let go, ch. 12:12they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
24 And when they heard that, they lift up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, 2 Ki. 19:15thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Ps. 2:1Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
27 For Mat. 26:3;Luke 22:2;& 23:1,8of a truth against Luke 1:35thy holy child Jesus, Luke 4:18;John 10:36whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
28 ch. 2:23;& 3:18For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, ver. 13,31;ch. 9:27;& 13:46;& 14:3;& 19:8;& 26:26;Eph. 6:19that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; ch. 2:43;& 5:12and that signs and wonders may be done ch. 3:6,16by the name of ver. 27thy holy child Jesus.
31 And when they had prayed, ch. 2:2,4;& 16:26the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, ver. 29and they spake the word of God with boldness.
32 The community of possessions
32 And the multitude of them that believed ch. 5:12;Rom. 15:5,6;2 Cor. 13:11;Phil. 1:27;& 2:2;1 Pet. 3:8were of one heart and of one soul: ch. 2:44neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
33 And with ch. 1:8great power gave the apostles ch. 1:22witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and ch. 2:45great grace was upon them all.
34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: ch. 2:45for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
35 ver. 37;ch. 5:2And laid them down at the apostles' feet: ch. 2:45;& 6:1and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
37 ver. 34,35;ch. 5:1,2Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
38 Ananias and Sapphira punished
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