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Version 0.92.62, 31 December 2020

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Acts Chapter 4

1But while they were speaking to the people, the priests and the head guard of the temple and the Sadducees confronted them, 2and were exasperated at them teaching the people, and proclaiming the resurrection of the dead in Jesus, 3and they laid hands on them and had them put in custody until the following day, for it was already evening. 4But many of those hearing the word believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand. 5And it came to pass on the next day that their rulers and elders and scribes gathered in Jerusalem, 6with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander and all who were of the high-priestly family, 7and they placed them before them and inquired, “By what power or in what name did you do this?” 8Then Peter, filled with holy spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel, 9if we today are being examined about the good work on a sick man, by what means he has been cured, 10let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that it is in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God has raised from the dead – that it is by him – that this man stands here in your presence, healthy. 11He is

The stone which was rejected by you builders,

But which has become the keystone.

12And there is no salvation in any other, for neither is there any other name given among men by which we must be saved.” 13And when they saw the confidence of Peter and John, and realized that they were unlettered and laymen, they were amazed, and they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14And since they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against it. 15And they ordered them to go out of the Sanhedrin council and conferred with each other, 16and said, “What shall we do to these men? For that an evident sign has taken place through them, is manifest to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it, 17but in order that it does not spread any further throughout the people, we will threaten them strongly telling them not to speak any more in this name to any man.” 18So they called them and commanded them not to speak out or teach in the name of Jesus at all. 19But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in God's sight to hear you rather than God, you judge. 20For we cannot refrain from speaking of what we have seen and heard.” 21Then they threatened them some more and released them, not finding any way to have them punished, on account of the people, because everyone was glorifying God for what had happened. 22For the man on whom this sign of healing had taken place was more than forty years old. 23So having been released, they went to their own circle and reported everything that the senior priests and elders had said to them. 24And when they heard it, they raised their voices to God in unanimity and said, “Master, you who are God who made heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25you who said through the mouth of David your servant,

‘Why do the nations rage

And the peoples exercise themselves with vain concerns?

26The kings of the earth have taken a stand

And the rulers have gathered together against the Lord

And against his Christ.’

27For they have truly gathered against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed: both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28to do whatever your hand and your plan have pre-ordained to take place. 29And as for the present situation, Lord, look at their threats and allow your servants to speak your word with all confidence, 30by stretching out your hand for healing, and signs and miracles taking place through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31And when they had implored him, the place where they were gathered shook, and all of them were filled with holy spirit and they spoke the word of God with confidence. 32And the heart and soul of the multitude of the believers was one, and not a single one said any of their possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. 33And the apostles gave a testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all greatly esteemed. 34For no-one among them was in need, for all who were the owners of land or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of the items sold, 35and laid them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to whatever anyone needed. 36And Joses who was surnamed Barnabas by the apostles, which when translated is “Son of Consolation”, a Levite, a Cypriot by birth, 37who owned land, sold it, and brought the proceeds and placed them at the apostles' feet.

Reference(s) in Chapter 4: v.11 ↔ Psalm 118:22 ● v.25 ↔ Psalm 2:1 ● v.26 ↔ Psalm 2:2.

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