Acts 5:1-21 World English Bible

Ananias and Sapphira

5 1  But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira, his wife, sold a possession, 2  and kept back part of the price, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3  But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4  While you kept it, didn’t it remain your own? After it was sold, wasn’t it in your power? How is it that you have conceived this thing in your heart? You haven’t lied to men, but to God.” 5  Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and died. Great fear came on all who heard these things. 6  The young men arose and wrapped him up, and they carried him out and buried him. 7  About three hours later, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in. 8  Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.”

She said, “Yes, for so much.” 9  But Peter asked her, “How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10  She fell down immediately at his feet, and died. The young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her husband. 11  Great fear came on the whole assembly, and on all who heard these things.

Many Signs and Wonders Performed

12  By the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. They were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. 13  None of the rest dared to join them, however the people honored them. 14  More believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women. 15  They even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mattresses, so that as Peter came by, at the least his shadow might overshadow some of them. 16  Multitudes also came together from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing sick people, and those who were tormented by unclean spirits: and they were all healed.

The Apostles Persecuted

17  But the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy, 18  and laid hands on the apostles, and put them in public custody. 19  But an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors by night, and brought them out, and said, 20  “Go stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.” 21  When they heard this, they entered into the temple about daybreak, and taught. But the high priest came, and those who 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.


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