Acts 4:23-37 New American Standard Bible

The Believers Pray for Boldness

23  When they had been released , they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24  And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said , "O Lord , it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA , AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM 25  who by the Holy Spirit , through the mouth of our father David Your servant , said , ' WHY e DID THE GENTILES RAGE , AND THE PEOPLES DEVISE FUTILE THINGS ? 26  ' THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND , AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER e e AGAINST THE Lord AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST .' 27  For truly e in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus , whom You anointed , both Herod and Pontius Pilate , along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel , 28  to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur . 29  "And now , Lord , take note of their threats , and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence , 30  while You extend Your hand to heal , and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus ." 31  And when they had prayed , the place where e they had gathered together was shaken , and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness .

All Things in Common

32  And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul ; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own , but all things were common property to them. 33  And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus , and abundant grace was upon them all . 34  For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales 35  and lay them at the apostles' feet , and they would be distributed to each as any had need . 36  Now Joseph , a Levite of Cyprian birth , who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of Encouragement ), 37  and who owned a tract of land , sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet .

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