Acts 5:1-21 The Message Bible

Ananias and Sapphira

5 1  But a man named Ananias - his wife, Sapphira, conniving in this with him - sold a piece of land, 2  secretly kept part of the price for himself, and then brought the rest to the apostles and made an offering of it. 3  Peter said, "Ananias, how did Satan get you to lie to the Holy Spirit and secretly keep back part of the price of the field? 4  Before you sold it, it was all yours, and after you sold it, the money was yours to do with as you wished. So what got into you to pull a trick like this? You didn't lie to men but to God." 5  Ananias, when he heard those words, fell down dead. That put the fear of God into everyone who heard of it. 6  The younger men went right to work and wrapped him up, then carried him out and buried him. 7  Not more than three hours later, his wife, knowing nothing of what had happened, came in. 8  Peter said, "Tell me, were you given this price for your field?" "Yes," she said, "that price." 9  Peter responded, "What's going on here that you connived to conspire against the Spirit of the Master? The men who buried your husband are at the door, and you're next." 10  No sooner were the words out of his mouth than she also fell down, dead. When the young men returned they found her body. They carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11  By this time the whole church and, in fact, everyone who heard of these things had a healthy respect for God. They knew God was not to be trifled with.

Many Signs and Wonders Performed

12  Through the work of the apostles, many God-signs were set up among the people, many wonderful things done. They all met regularly and in remarkable harmony on the Temple porch named after Solomon. 13  But even though people admired them a lot, outsiders were wary about joining them. 14  On the other hand, those who put their trust in the Master were added right and left, men and women both. 15  They even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on stretchers and bedrolls, hoping they would be touched by Peter's shadow when he walked by. 16  They came from the villages surrounding Jerusalem, throngs of them, bringing the sick and bedeviled. And they all were healed. To Obey God Rather than Men

The Apostles Persecuted

17  Provoked mightily by all this, the Chief Priest and those on his side, mainly the sect of Sadducees, went into action, 18  arrested the apostles, and put them in the town jail. 19  But during the night an angel of God opened the jailhouse door and led them out. 20  He said, "Go to the Temple and take your stand. Tell the people everything there is to say about this Life." 21  Promptly obedient, they entered the Temple at daybreak and went on with their teaching.

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