5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife,
sold a possession,
5:2 And kept back [part] of the price, (his wife also being
privy [to it]) and brought a certain part, and laid [it] at the
5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, Why hath Satan filled thy heart to
lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back [part] of the price of
5:4 While it remained, was it not thy own? and after it was
sold, was it not in thy own power? why hast thou conceived this
thing in thy heart? thou hast not lied to men, but to God.
5:5 And Ananias hearing these words, fell down, and expired. And
great fear came on all them that heard these things.
5:6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried [him]
out, and buried [him].
5:7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his
wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
5:8 And Peter answered to her, Tell me whether ye sold the land
for so much? And she said, Yes, for so much.
5:9 Then Peter said to her, How is it that ye have agreed
together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold the feet of
them who have buried thy husband [are] at the door, and shall
carry thee out.
5:10 Then she fell down immediately at his feet, and expired.
And the young men came in, and found her dead, and carrying
[her] forth, buried [her] by her husband.
5:11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many
as heard these things.
5:12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and
wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one
accord in Solomon's porch.
5:13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the
people magnified them.
5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes
both of men and women.)
5:15 So that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and
laid [them] on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow
of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
5:16 There came also a multitude [out] of the cities around to
Jerusalem, bringing sick persons, and them who were afflicted
with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with
him; (which is the sect of the Sadducees) and were filled with
5:18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the
5:19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison-doors,
and brought them forth, and said,
5:20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the
words of this life.
5:21 And when they heard [that], they entered into the temple
early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and
they that were with him, and called the council together, and
all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the
prison to have them brought.
5:22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the
prison, they returned, and told,
5:23 Saying, The prison truly we found shut with all safety, and
the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had
opened, we found no man within.
5:24 Now when the high priest, and the captain of the temple,
and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them
to what this would grow.
5:25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom
ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the
5:26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them
without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should
have been stoned.
5:27 And when they had brought them, they set [them] before the
council: and the high priest asked them,
5:28 Saying, Did we not strictly command you, that ye should not
teach in this name? and behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with
your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
5:29 Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We
ought to obey God rather than men.
5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and
hanged on a tree:
5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand [to be] a Prince
and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of
5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also
the Holy Spirit, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
5:33 When they heard [that], they were cut [to the heart], and
took counsel to slay them.
5:34 Then stood up one in the council, a Pharisee, named
Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the
people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little time.
5:35 And said to them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves
what ye intend to do concerning these men:
5:36 For before these days rose Theudas, boasting himself to be
somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined
themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were
scattered, and brought to naught.
5:37 After this man rose Judas of Galilee, in the days of the
taxing, and drew away many people after him: he also perished;
and all, [even] as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
5:38 And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them
alone: for if this counsel or this work is from men, it will
come to naught:
5:39 But if it is from God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply
ye be found even to fight against God.
5:40 And to him they assented: and when they had called the
apostles, and beaten [them], they commanded that they should
not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council,
rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his
5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased
not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.