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Acts 4 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:1 - While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests and the commander of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:2 - angry because they were teaching the people and announcing in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:3 - So they seized them and put them in jail until the next day (for it was already evening).
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:4 - But many of those who had listened to the message believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:5 - On the next day, their rulers, elders, and experts in the law came together in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:6 - Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others who were members of the high priest's family.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:7 - After making Peter and John stand in their midst, they began to inquire, "By what power or by what name did you do this?"
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:8 - Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, replied, "Rulers of the people and elders,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:9 - if we are being examined today for a good deed done to a sick man - by what means this man was 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 the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:11 - This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:12 - And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved."

Threat and Release

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:13 - When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and discovered that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:14 - And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:15 - But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, they began to confer with one another,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:16 - saying, "What should we do with these men? For it is plain to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable miraculous sign has come about through them, and we cannot deny it.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:17 - But to keep this matter from spreading any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:18 - And they called them in and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:19 - But Peter and John replied, "Whether it is right before God to obey you rather than God, you decide,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:20 - for it is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:21 - 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 God for what had happened.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:22 - For the man, on whom this miraculous sign of healing had been performed, was over forty years old.
(cf. Psa 2:1, 2 )
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:23 - When they were released, Peter and John went to their fellow believers and reported everything the high priests and the elders had said to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:24 - When they heard this, they raised their voices to God with one mind and said, "Master of all, you who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:25 - who said by the Holy Spirit through your servant David our forefather, 'Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot foolish things?
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:26 - The kings of the earth stood together, and the rulers assembled together, against the Lord and against his Christ.'
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:27 - "For indeed both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together in this city against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:28 - to do as much as your power and your plan had decided beforehand would happen.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:29 - And now, Lord, pay attention to their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your message with great courage,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:30 - while you extend your hand to heal, and to bring about miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:31 - When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God courageously.

Sharing among Believers

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:32 - The group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but everything was held in common.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:33 - With great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:34 - For there was no one needy among them, because those who were owners of land or houses were selling them and bringing the proceeds from the sales
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:35 - and placing them at the apostles' feet. The proceeds were distributed to each, as anyone had need.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:36 - So Joseph, a Levite who was a native of Cyprus, called by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated "son of encouragement"),
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 4:37 - sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and placed it at the apostles' feet.

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