Acts 5:1-21 Revised Standard Version

Ananias and Sapphira

5 1  But a man named Anani'as with his wife Sapphi'ra sold a piece of property, 2  and with his wife's knowledge he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles' feet. 3  But Peter said, "Anani'as, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land? 4  While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God." 5  When Anani'as heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. 6  The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him. 7  After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8  And Peter said to her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much." And she said, "Yes, for so much." 9  But Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Hark, the feet of those that have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." 10  Immediately she fell down at his feet and died. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11  And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all who heard of these things.

Many Signs and Wonders Performed

12  Now many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. 13  None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high honor. 14  And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, 15  so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16  The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

The Apostles Persecuted

17  But the high priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the party of the Sad'ducees, and filled with jealousy 18  they arrested the apostles and put them in the common prison. 19  But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out and said, 20  "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life." 21  And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and taught. Now the high priest came and those who were with him and called together the council and all the senate of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

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