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Acts 4 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Peter and John Before the Council

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:1 - And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:2 - greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:3 - And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:4 - But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:5 - On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:6 - with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:7 - And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:8 - Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:9 - if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:10 - let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:11 - This Jesus[fn] is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:12 - And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men[fn] by which we must be saved.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:13 - Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:14 - But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:15 - But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:16 - saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:17 - But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:18 - So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:19 - But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:20 - for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:21 - And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:22 - For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.

The Believers Pray for Boldness

(cf. Psa 2:1, 2 )
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:23 - When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:24 - And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:25 - who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,[fn] said by the Holy Spirit,
“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:26 - The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:27 - for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:28 - to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:29 - And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:30 - while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:31 - And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

They Had Everything in Common

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:32 - Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:33 - And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:34 - There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:35 - and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:36 - Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:37 - sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
ESV Footnotes
Greek This one
Greek the head of the corner
The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women
Or child; also verses 27, 30
Or Christ

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