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Acts 5 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Ananias and Sapphira

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:1 - But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:2 - and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:3 - But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:4 - While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:5 - When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:6 - The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:7 - After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:8 - And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you[fn] sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:9 - But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:10 - Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:11 - And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.

Many Signs and Wonders Done

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:12 - Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:13 - None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:14 - And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:15 - so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:16 - The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

The Apostles Arrested and Freed

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:17 - But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:18 - they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:19 - But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:20 - “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:21 - And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council, all the senate of the people of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:22 - But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:23 - “We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them we found no one inside.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:24 - Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:25 - And someone came and told them, “Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:26 - Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:27 - And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:28 - saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:29 - But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:30 - The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:31 - God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:32 - And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:33 - When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:34 - But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:35 - And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:36 - For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:37 - After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:38 - So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail;

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:39 - but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:40 - and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:41 - Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:42 - And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.
ESV Footnotes
The Greek for you is plural here
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