The rulers of the Jews, offended with the teaching of Peter and John, imprison them. Being brought before the council, Peter boldly avoucheth the late cure to have been wrought in the name of Jesus, and that men can be saved by no other name. The council, struck with the boldness of the two apostles, after conferring together dismiss them with a threatening charge to speak no more in the name of Jesus. The church betaketh itself to prayer. The presence of the Holy Ghost is signified by the house shaking, and the apostles thereby emboldened to speak the word; the unity and charity of the church, who have their possessions in common.
1 AND as they spake unto the people, athe priests, and the 1captain of the temple, and the bSadducees, came upon them,
2 cBeing grieved that they taught the people, and preached dthrough Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3 And they laid hands on them, and eput them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.
4 Howbeit fmany of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
5 ¶And it came to pass on the morrow, that gtheir rulers, and elders, and scribes,
6 And hAnnas the high priest, and iCaiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
7 And when they had jset them in the midst, they asked, kBy what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
8 Then Peter, lfilled with the Holy *Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9 If we this day be examined of the mgood deed done to the *impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
- m: Ac. 3:7
- *: impotent-without strength, disabled.
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the 2name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, nwhom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 oThis is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 pNeither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
13 ¶Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were qunlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; rand they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
14 sAnd beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, tthey conferred among themselves,
16 Saying, uWhat shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.
17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us v*straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
18 And they wcalled them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
- w: Ac. 5:40
19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, xWhether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20 yFor we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
21 So when they had further zthreatened them, they alet them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, bbecause of the people: for all men glorified God for cthat which was done.
22 For the man was above dforty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.
23 ¶And being let go, they went eto their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
24 And when they heard fthat, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, gthou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, hWhy did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
27 For of a truth against thy iholy child Jesus, jwhom thou hast anointed, kboth Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
28 lFor to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with mall boldness they may speak thy word,
30 nBy stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31 ¶oAnd when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy *Ghost, and pthey spake the word of God with boldness.
32 qAnd the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
33 rAnd with great power gave the apostles witness of sthe resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and tgreat grace was upon them all.
34 uNeither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and vdistribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
- v: Ac. 6:1
36 And wJoses, who by the apostles was surnamed xBarnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,