Acts 4:23-37 Bible in Basic English

The Believers Pray for Boldness

23  And when they had been made free, they came back to their friends, and gave an account of all the things which the chief priests and the authorities had said to them. 24  And hearing it, they all, with one mind, made prayer to God and said, O Lord, maker of heaven and earth and the sea and all things in them: 25  Who has said, by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David your servant, Why are the nations so violently moved, and why are the thoughts of the people so foolish? 26  The kings of the earth were lifted up, the rulers came together, against the Lord, and against his Christ: 27  For, truly, in this town, against your holy servant, Jesus, who was marked out by you as Christ, Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, came together, 28  To do that which had been fixed before by your hand and your purpose. 29  And now, Lord, take note of their cruel words, and give your servants power to be preachers of your word without fear, 30  While your hand is stretched out to do works of mercy; so that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus. 31  And when their prayer was ended, the place where they were was violently moved, and they all became full of the Holy Spirit, preaching the word of God without fear.

All Things in Common

32  And all those who were of the faith were one in heart and soul: and not one of them said that any of the things which he had was his property only; but they had all things in common. 33  And with great power the Apostles gave witness of the coming back of the Lord Jesus from the dead; and grace was on them all. 34  And no one among them was in need; for everyone who had land or houses, exchanging them for money, took the price of them, 35  And put it at the feet of the Apostles for distribution to everyone as he had need. 36  And Joseph, who was given by the Apostles the name of Barnabas (the sense of which is, Son of comfort), a Levite and a man of Cyprus by birth, 37  Having a field, got money for it and put the money at the feet of the Apostles.


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