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Jewish leaders arrested Peter and John, but many people became believers.

1Meanwhile, in the temple courtyard, there were some priests, the officer who was in charge of the temple police, and also some [SYN] Sadducee sect members. These men came to Peter and John while the two of them were speaking to the people.

2These men were very angry, because the two apostles were teaching the people about Jesus. What they were telling them was that because …God caused Jesus to become alive again/God raised Jesus from the dead†, God would cause other people who had died to become alive again.

3So those officials seized Peter and John. Then they put them in jail. They had to wait until the next day to question Peter and John, because it was already evening and it was contrary to their Jewish law to question people at night.

4However, many people who had heard the message from Peter believed in Jesus. (OR, But many people had already believed in Jesus, because they had heard the message from Peter.) So the number of men who believed in Jesus increased to about five thousand.

Jewish leaders questioned Peter and John about healing the lame man.

5The next day the high priest summoned the other chief priests, the teachers of the Jewish laws, and the other members of the Jewish Council, and they gathered together in one place in Jerusalem.

6Annas, the former high priest, Caiaphas who was the new high priest, two other former high priests whose names were John and Alexander, and other men who were related to the high priest were there.

7They commanded guards to bring Peter and John into the courtroom [MTY] and have them stand in front of them. Then one of the leaders questioned the two of them, saying, “Who do you two claim gave you the power to heal this man? And who authorized [MTY] you to do this [DOU]?”

Peter told them that Jesus healed the man and only Jesus could save people.

8So as the Holy Spirit completely controlled Peter, he said to them, “You fellow-Israelites who rule us and all of you other elders, listen!

9Today you are questioning us concerning our performing a good deed for a man who was crippled, and you asked us how he became healed.

10So we(exc) want you and all of our other fellow-Israelites to know this: It is because Jesus the Messiah [MTY] from Nazareth healed him that this man is able to stand before you. God considers that it was you who nailed Jesus to a cross, but God caused him to become alive again.

11In the Scriptures they wrote this about the Messiah: He is like [MET] the stone that was rejected by the builders {that the builders rejected}. But that stone became the most important stone in that building. Jesus is that stone, and you are those builders who threw away the stone that was the most important one.

12So he alone can save us [MTY]. God has sent only one person [MTY] into the world who can save us from the guilt of our sins, and that person is Jesus!”

The Jewish leaders realized that Peter and John had been associating with Jesus.

13The Jewish leaders realized that Peter and John …were not afraid of them/spoke boldly†. They also learned that the two men were ordinary people who had not studied in schools. So the leaders were amazed, and they realized that these men had associated with Jesus.

14They also saw the man who had been healed standing there with the two of them, so they were not able to say anything to oppose Peter and John.

The Jewish leaders commanded the two apostles to stop teaching people about Jesus.

15So the Jewish leaders commanded guards to take Peter, John, and the man outside of the room where those leaders were meeting. After they did so, the leaders talked with each other about Peter and John.

16Being frustrated, one after another, said, “…There is really nothing that we can do to punish these two men!/How can we(inc) do anything to punish these two men?† [RHQ] Almost everyone [HYP] who is living in Jerusalem knows that they have done an amazing miracle, so we cannot tell people that it did not happen!

17However, we must not allow other people to hear about this miracle. So we must tell these men that we will punish them if they continue to tell other people about this [MTY] man who they say gave them the power to do it.”

18So the Jewish leaders commanded guards to bring the two apostles into that room again. After they did so, they commanded them both that they should never speak about Jesus, and they should not teach anyone about him [MTY] again.

Peter and John said that they needed to continue speaking about Jesus.

19But Peter and John replied, “Would God think that it is right for us two to obey you and not to obey him? We(exc) will let you decide what you think is proper.

20But as for us, we cannot obey you. We will not stop telling people about the things that we(exc) have seen Jesus do and what we have heard him teach.”

The Jewish leaders threatened to punish Peter and John and then released them.

21Then the Jewish leaders again told Peter and John not to disobey them. But all the people there were praising God about what had happened to the lame man. They knew that only God could have enabled Peter and John to miraculously heal the man, because the man was more than forty years old and he was lame when his mother bore him. They also knew that the people would become angry if they punished the two apostles. So, because they could not decide how to punish Peter and John, they finally let them go.

22(4:21)

The believers talked to God about those who opposed him and them.

23After Peter and John had been released, they went to the other believers and reported all that the chief priests and other Jewish elders had said to them.

24When they heard that, they all agreed as they prayed to God, and one of them prayed, “O Lord! You(sg) made the sky, the earth and the oceans, and everything in them.

25The Holy Spirit caused our ancestor, King David [MTY], who served you, to write these words: It is ridiculous [RHQ] that the non-Jews became angry and the Israelite people planned uselessly against God.

26The kings in the world prepared to fightGod’s Ruler, and the other rulers assembled together with them to oppose the Lord God and the one whom he had appointed to be the Messiah.

27We know that what you(sg) said long ago was true, because King Herod and the governor, Pontius Pilate, and many other people, both non-Jews and Israelites, assembled together here in this city. They planned to kill Jesus, who devotedly served you and whom you appointed [MTY] to be the Messiah.

28Because you(sg) are all-powerful, those people did only what you [SYN] allowed them to do. It was what you decided long ago would happen.”

The believers asked God to help them speak boldly to people about Jesus.

29“So now, Lord, listen to what they are saying about punishing us! Help us who serve you(sg) to very boldly speak messages from you(sg) about Jesus!

30Also, by your power [MTY] miraculously heal sick people and do other amazing miracles [SYN] that show people your power! Ask Jesus, who always serves you, to give us the authority [MTY] to do such miracles!”

God shook the place where they were, and his Spirit enabled them to speak his words boldly.

31When the believers had finished praying, the place where they were meeting shook. All of them were …completely controlled/empowered† by the Holy Spirit {the Holy Spirit …completely controlled/empowered† all of them}, with the result that they began to speak boldly the words that God told them to speak.

The believers shared everything and the apostles told others about Jesus.

32The group of people who had believed in Jesus were completely agreed about what they thought and what they wanted/desired. Not one of them claimed that he alone owned anything. Instead, they shared with one another everything that they had.

33The apostles continued to tell others, very powerfully that God had …caused the Lord Jesus to become alive again/raised the Lord Jesus from the dead†. People knew that God was graciously helping all the believers.

34Some of the believers who owned land or houses would occasionally sell some of their property. Then they would bring the money for what they sold

35and they would present it to the apostles [MTY]. Then the apostles would give money to any believer who needed it. So no one among the believers was lacking anything.

Joseph Barnabas sold a field and brought the money to the apostles.

36For example, there was Joseph. He was a descendant of Levi and he was born on Cyprus Island. The apostles called him Barnabas; in the Jewish language that name means a person who [IDM] always encourages others.

37He sold one of his fields, and brought the money to the apostles for them to distribute to other believers.



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