American Standard VersionPeter and John Before the Council
1And as they spake unto the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2being sore troubled because they taught the people, and proclaimed in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3And they laid hands on them, and put them in ward unto the morrow: for it was now eventide. 4But many of them that heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
5And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; 6and Annas the high priest was there , and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest. 7And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, By what power, or in what name, have ye done this? 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders, 9if we this day are examined concerning a good deed done to an impotent man, by what means this man is made whole; 10be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even in him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11He is the stone which was set at nought of you the builders, which was made the head of the corner. 12And in none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved.
Peter and John Threatened, Released
13Now when they beheld the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 14And seeing the man that was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been wrought through them, is manifest to all that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. 17But that it spread no further among the people, let us threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. 18And they called them, and charged them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to hearken unto you rather than unto God, judge ye: 20for we cannot but speak the things which we saw and heard. 21And they, when they had further threatened them, let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people; for all men glorified God for that which was done. 22For the man was more than forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was wrought.
The Believers' Prayer for Boldness
23And being let go, they came to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said unto them. 24And they, when they heard it, lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, O Lord, thou that didst make the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that in them is:
25who by the Holy Spirit, by the mouth of our father David thy servant, didst say, Why did the Gentiles rage, And the peoples imagine vain things?
26The kings of the earth set themselves in array, And the rulers were gathered together, Against the Lord, and against his Anointed:
27for of a truth in this city against thy holy Servant Jesus, whom thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, were gathered together, 28to do whatsoever thy hand and thy council foreordained to come to pass. 29And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness, 30while thy stretchest forth thy hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of thy holy Servant Jesus. 31And when they had prayed, the place was shaken wherein they were gathered together; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Sharing among Believers
32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and soul: and not one of them'said that aught of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33And with great power gave the apostles their witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. 34For neither was there among them any that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35and laid them at the apostles feet: and distribution was made unto each, according as any one had need.
36And Joseph, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, Son of exhortation), a Levite, a man of Cyprus by race, 37having a field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles feet.
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Outline1. The rulers of the Jews, offended with Peter's sermon,3. imprison him and John.5. After, upon examination 8. Peter boldly avouching the lame man to be healed by the name of Jesus, 11. and that only by the same Jesus we must be eternally saved,13. they threaten him and John to preach no more in that name,23. whereupon the church flees to prayer.31. And God, by moving the place where they were assembled, testifies that he heard their prayer; 34. confirming the church with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and with mutual love and charity.
ChaptersActs 1: Introduction for Theophilus
Acts 2: The Holy Spirit at Pentecost
Acts 3: Healing the Lame Beggar
Acts 4: Peter and John Before the Council
Acts 5: Ananias and Sapphira
Acts 6: The Seven Chosen to Serve
Acts 7: Stephen Addresses the Sanhedrin
Acts 8: Saul Persecutes the Church
Acts 9: Saul's Damascus Road Conversion
Acts 10: Cornelius Sends for Peter
Acts 11: Peter Reports to the Church at Jerusalem
Acts 12: James Killed, Peter Imprisoned
Acts 13: Barnabas and Saul Commissioned
Acts 14: Paul and Barnabas at Iconium
Acts 15: The Dispute over Circumcision
Acts 16: Timothy Joins Paul and Silas
Acts 17: Paul Preaches at Thessalonica
Acts 18: Paul's Ministry in Corinth
Acts 19: The Holy Spirit Received at Ephesus
Acts 20: Paul in Macedonia and Greece
Acts 21: Paul's Journey to Jerusalem
Acts 22: Paul's Defense to the Crowd
Acts 23: Paul Before the Sanhedrin
Acts 24: Tertullus Accuses Paul Before Felix
Acts 25: Paul's Trial Before Festus
Acts 26: Paul's Testimony to Agrippa
Acts 27: Paul Sails for Rome
Acts 28: Paul at Malta