3 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time 1 for prayer, 2 at three o’clock in the afternoon. 3 2 And a man lame 4 from birth 5 was being carried up, who was placed at the temple gate called “the Beautiful Gate” every day 6 so he could beg for money 7 from those going into the temple courts. 8 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts, 9 he asked them for money. 10 4 Peter looked directly 11 at him (as did John) and said, “Look at us!” 5 So the lame man 12 paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, 13 but what I do have I give you. In the name 14 of Jesus Christ 15 the Nazarene, stand up and 16 walk!” 7 Then 17 Peter 18 took hold 19 of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man’s 20 feet and ankles were made strong. 21 8 He 22 jumped up, 23 stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts 24 with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 All 25 the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and they recognized him as the man who used to sit and ask for donations 26 at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with astonishment and amazement 27 at what had happened to him.
11 While the man 28 was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway 29 called Solomon’s Portico. 30 12 When Peter saw this, he declared to the people, “Men of Israel, 31 why are you amazed at this? Why 32 do you stare at us as if we had made this man 33 walk by our own power or piety? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 34 the God of our forefathers, 35 has glorified 36 his servant 37 Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected 38 in the presence of Pilate after he had decided 39 to release him. 14 But you rejected 40 the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed 41 the Originator 42 of life, whom God raised 43 from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses! 44 16 And on the basis of faith in Jesus’ 45 name, 46 his very name has made this man – whom you see and know – strong. The 47 faith that is through Jesus 48 has given him this complete health in the presence 49 of you all. 17 And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance, 50 as your rulers did too. 18 But the things God foretold 51 long ago through 52 all the prophets – that his Christ 53 would suffer – he has fulfilled in this way. 19 Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out, 20 so that times of refreshing 54 may come from the presence of the Lord, 55 and so that he may send the Messiah 56 appointed 57 for you – that is, Jesus. 21 This one 58 heaven must 59 receive until the time all things are restored, 60 which God declared 61 from times long ago 62 through his holy prophets. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey 63 him in everything he tells you. 64 23 Every person 65 who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed 66 from the people.’ 67 24 And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced 68 these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, 69 saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants 70 all the nations 71 of the earth will be blessed.’ 72 26 God raised up 73 his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning 74 each one of you from your iniquities.” 75
4 While Peter and John 1 were speaking to the people, the priests and the commander 2 of the temple guard 3 and the Sadducees 4 came up 5 to them, 2 angry 6 because they were teaching the people and announcing 7 in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 So 8 they seized 9 them and put them in jail 10 until the next day (for it was already evening). 4 But many of those who had listened to 11 the message 12 believed, and the number of the men 13 came to about five thousand.
5 On the next day, 14 their rulers, elders, and experts in the law 15 came together 16 in Jerusalem. 17 6 Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others who were members of the high priest’s family. 18 7 After 19 making Peter and John 20 stand in their midst, they began to inquire, “By what power or by what name 21 did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, 22 replied, 23 “Rulers of the people and elders, 24 9 if 25 we are being examined 26 today for a good deed 27 done to a sick man – by what means this man was healed 28 – 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ 29 the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 11 This Jesus 30 is the stone that was rejected by you, 31 the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 32 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people 33 by which we must 34 be saved.”
13 When they saw the boldness 35 of Peter and John, and discovered 36 that they were uneducated 37 and ordinary 38 men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. 14 And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this. 39 15 But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, 40 they began to confer with one another, 16 saying, “What should we do with these men? For it is plain 41 to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable miraculous sign 42 has come about through them, 43 and we cannot deny it. 17 But to keep this matter from spreading any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more 44 to anyone in this name.” 18 And they called them in and ordered 45 them not to speak or teach at all in the name 46 of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, 47 “Whether it is right before God to obey 48 you rather than God, you decide, 20 for it is impossible 49 for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” 21 After threatening them further, they released them, for they could not find how to punish them on account of the people, because they were all praising 50 God for what had happened. 22 For the man, on whom this miraculous sign 51 of healing had been performed, 52 was over forty years old.
23 When they were released, Peter and John 53 went to their fellow believers 54 and reported everything the high priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices to God with one mind 55 and said, “Master of all, 56 you who made the heaven, the earth, 57 the sea, and everything that is in them, 25 who said by the Holy Spirit through 58 your servant David our forefather, 59
‘Why do the nations 60 rage, 61
and the peoples plot foolish 62 things?
26 The kings of the earth stood together, 63
and the rulers assembled together,
against the Lord and against his 64 Christ.’ 65
27 “For indeed both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together in this city against 66 your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, 67 28 to do as much as your power 68 and your plan 69 had decided beforehand 70 would happen. 29 And now, Lord, pay attention to 71 their threats, and grant 72 to your servants 73 to speak your message 74 with great courage, 75 30 while you extend your hand to heal, and to bring about miraculous signs 76 and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 When 77 they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, 78 and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak 79 the word of God 80 courageously. 81
32 The group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, 82 and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but everything was held in common. 83 33 With 84 great power the apostles were giving testimony 85 to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. 34 For there was no one needy 86 among them, because those who were owners of land or houses were selling 87 them 88 and bringing the proceeds from the sales 35 and placing them at the apostles’ feet. The proceeds 89 were distributed to each, as anyone had need. 36 So Joseph, a Levite who was a native of Cyprus, called by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement”), 90 37 sold 91 a field 92 that belonged to him and brought the money 93 and placed it at the apostles’ feet.
5 Now a man named Ananias, together with Sapphira his wife, sold a piece of property. 2 He 1 kept back for himself part of the proceeds with his wife’s knowledge; he brought 2 only part of it and placed it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled 3 your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back for yourself part of the proceeds from the sale of 4 the land? 4 Before it was sold, 5 did it not 6 belong to you? And when it was sold, was the money 7 not at your disposal? How have you thought up this deed in your heart? 8 You have not lied to people 9 but to God!”
5 When Ananias heard these words he collapsed and died, and great fear gripped 10 all who heard about it. 6 So the young men came, 11 wrapped him up, 12 carried him out, and buried 13 him. 7 After an interval of about three hours, 14 his wife came in, but she did not know 15 what had happened. 8 Peter said to her, “Tell me, were the two of you 16 paid this amount 17 for the land?” Sapphira 18 said, “Yes, that much.” 9 Peter then told her, “Why have you agreed together to test 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!” 10 At once 19 she collapsed at his feet and died. So when the young men came in, they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great 20 fear gripped 21 the whole church 22 and all who heard about these things.
12 Now many miraculous signs 23 and wonders came about among the people through the hands of the apostles. By 24 common consent 25 they were all meeting together in Solomon’s Portico. 26 13 None of the rest dared to join them, 27 but the people held them in high honor. 28 14 More and more believers in the Lord were added to their number, 29 crowds of both men and women. 15 Thus 30 they even carried the sick out into the streets, and put them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow would fall on some of them. 16 A crowd of people from the towns around Jerusalem 31 also came together, bringing the sick and those troubled by unclean spirits. 32 They 33 were all 34 being healed.
17 Now the high priest rose up, and all those with him (that is, the religious party of the Sadducees 35 ), 36 and they were filled with jealousy. 37 18 They 38 laid hands on 39 the apostles and put them in a public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord 40 opened 41 the doors of the prison, 42 led them out, 43 and said, 20 “Go and stand in the temple courts 44 and proclaim 45 to the people all the words of this life.” 21 When they heard this, they entered the temple courts 46 at daybreak and began teaching. 47
Now when the high priest and those who were with him arrived, they summoned the Sanhedrin 48 – that is, the whole high council 49 of the Israelites 50 – and sent to the jail to have the apostles 51 brought before them. 52 22 But the officers 53 who came for them 54 did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, 55 23 “We found the jail locked securely and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, 56 we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the commander 57 of the temple guard 58 and the chief priests heard this report, 59 they were greatly puzzled concerning it, 60 wondering what this could 61 be. 25 But someone came and reported to them, “Look! The men you put in prison are standing in the temple courts 62 and teaching 63 the people!” 26 Then the commander 64 of the temple guard 65 went with the officers 66 and brought the apostles 67 without the use of force 68 (for they were afraid of being stoned by the people). 69
27 When they had brought them, they stood them before the council, 70 and the high priest questioned 71 them, 28 saying, “We gave 72 you strict orders 73 not to teach in this name. 74 Look, 75 you have filled Jerusalem 76 with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood 77 on us!” 29 But Peter and the apostles replied, 78 “We must obey 79 God rather than people. 80 30 The God of our forefathers 81 raised up Jesus, whom you seized and killed by hanging him on a tree. 82 31 God exalted him 83 to his right hand as Leader 84 and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 85 32 And we are witnesses of these events, 86 and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey 87 him.”
33 Now when they heard this, they became furious 88 and wanted to execute them. 89 34 But a Pharisee 90 whose name was Gamaliel, 91 a teacher of the law who was respected by all the people, stood up 92 in the council 93 and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. 35 Then he said to the council, 94 “Men of Israel, 95 pay close attention to 96 what you are about to do to these men. 36 For some time ago 97 Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men joined him. He 98 was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and nothing came of it. 99 37 After him Judas the Galilean arose in the days of the census, 100 and incited people to follow him in revolt. 101 He too was killed, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in this case I say to you, stay away from these men and leave them alone, because if this plan or this undertaking originates with people, 102 it will come to nothing, 103 39 but if 104 it is from God, you will not be able to stop them, or you may even be found 105 fighting against God.” He convinced them, 106 40 and they summoned the apostles and had them beaten. 107 Then 108 they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. 41 So they left the council rejoicing because they had been considered worthy 109 to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. 110 42 And every day both in the temple courts 111 and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the good news 112 that Jesus was the Christ. 113