- ¶ AND while they were speaking these words to the people, the priests and the Sadducees and the leaders of the temple rose up against them,
- Being infuriated that they taught the people and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
- And they arrested them and detained them until the next day, for it was now eventide.
- Howbeit many of them who heard the word believed;
and the number of the men was about five thousand.
- ¶ And the next day, the leaders and the elders and the scribes gathered together;
- And also Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander and those who were of the family of the high priest.
- And when they had made them to stand in the midst, they asked, By what power or by what name have you done this?
- Then Simon Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, Leaders of the people and elders of the house of Israel, listen:
- If we are convicted today by you, concerning the good which has been done to a sick man, on the ground of by what means he was healed;
- Then let it be known to you and to all the people of Israel, By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, and whom God raised from the dead, behold this man stands before you, healed.
- This is the stone which you builders have rejected, which is become the corner-stone.
- There is no salvation by any other man;
for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
- Now when they had heard the speech of Simon Peter and John, which they had spoken boldly, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled;
and they recognized them that they had been with Jesus.
- And because they saw the lame man who was healed standing with them they could say nothing against them.
- ¶ But when they had commanded them to be taken aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
- Saying, What shall we do to these men?
For behold a miracle has openly been performed by them and it is known to all that dwell in Jerusalem;
and we cannot deny it.
- But, so that this news should not spread further among the people, let us threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
- And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
- But Simon Peter and John answered, saying to them, Whether it be right before God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.
- For we cannot stop speaking about the things which we have seen and heard.
- So when they had further threatened them, they let them go;
for they found no cause to punish them because of the people;
for all men praised God for that which was done.
- For the man on whom this miracle of healing had been wrought was more than forty years old.
- ¶ After they were released, they went to their brethren and told them all that the high priests and elders had said.
- And when they heard this, they all together lifted up their voices to God and said, O Lord, thou art the God who hast made heaven and earth and the seas and all that in them is;
- Thou art the One who spoke through the Holy Spirit by the mouth of thy servant David when he said, Why do the people rage and the nations devise worthless things?
- The kings and the rulers of the earth have revolted and have taken counsel together against the Lord and against his Anointed.
- For truly, they assembled in this very city, together with both Herod and Pilate and with the Gentiles and with the people of Israel, against your holy Son Jesus,
- To execute whatever thy hand and thy will had previously decreed to take place.
- And even now, O Lord, look and see their threatenings;
and grant to thy servants that they may freely preach thy word,
- Just as thy hand is freely stretched out for healing and wonders and thy miracles which are done in the name of thy holy Son Jesus.
- And when they had petitioned and made their supplications, the place in which they were assembled together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke the word of God boldly.
- ¶ Now the congregation of the believers were of one soul and of one mind;
not one of them spoke of the property he possessed as his own;
but everything they had was in common.
- And the apostles testified with great power concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ;
and they were all greatly favored.
- There was not a man among them who was destitute;
for those who possessed fields and houses sold them and brought the money for the things that were sold,
- And placed them at the disposal of the disciples;
and the proceeds were then given to every man according to his needs.
- Now Joseph whom the apostles surnamed Barnabas (which is, interpreted, the son of consolation), a Levite of the country of Cyprus,
- Had a field and he sold it and brought the money and placed it at the disposal of the apostles.