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Holy Ghost; and they spake price, his wife also being privy the word of God with bold. to it, and brought a certain part, ness.
and laid it at the apostles' 32 And the multitude of them feet. that believed, were of one heart, 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why and of one soul: neither said hath Satan filled thine heart to any of them, that aught of the lie to the Holy Ghost, and to things which he possessed, was keep back part of the price of his own: but they had all things the land ? common.
4 Whiles it remained, was it S3 And with great power gave
not thine own ? and after it was the apostles witness of the re- sold, was it not in thine own surrection of the Lord Jesus ; power ? why hast thou conand great grace was upon them ceived this thing in thine heart? all.
thou hast not lied unto men, but 34 Neither was there any unto God. among them that lacked : for 5 And Ananias, hearing these as many as were possessors of words, fell down, and gave up lands, or houses, sold them, and the ghost : and great fear came brought the prices of the things on all them that heard these that were sold,
things. 35 And laid them down at the 6 And the young men arose, apostles' feet: and distribution wound him up, and carried him was made unto every man, ac- out, and buried him. cording as he had need.
7 And it was about the space 36 And Joses, who by the of three hours after, when his apostles was surnamed Barna- wife, not knowing what was bas, (which is, being interpret- done, came in : ed, The son of consolation,) a
8 And Peter answered unto Levite and of the country of her, Tell me, whether ye sold Cyprus,
the land for so much? And she 37 Having land, sold it, and said, Yea, for so much. brought the money, and laid it 9 Then Peter said unto her, at the apostles' feet.
How is it that ye have agreed
together to tempt the Spirit of CHAP. V.
the Lord ? Behold, the feet of them which have buried thy
husband are at the door, and BUT a certain man, named shall carry thee out. Ananias, with Sapphira his 10 Then fell she down straightwife, sold a possession,
way at his feet, and yielded up 2 And kept back part of the the ghost : and the young men
ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA.
came in, and found her dead, doors, and brought them forth, and, carrying her forth, buried and said, ber by her husband.
20 Go, stand and speak in the 11 And great fear came upon temple to the people, all the all the church, and upon as ma- words of this life. ny as heard these things. 21 And when they heard that,
12. And by the hands of the they entered into the temple apostles were many signs and early in the morning, and taught. wonders wrought among the But the high priest came, and people : (and they were all they that were with him, and with one accord in' Solomon's called the council together, and porch :
all the senate of the children of 13 And of the rest durst no Israel, and sent to the prison to man join himself to them ; have them brought. but the people magnified them: 22 But when the officers came,
14 And believers were the and found them not in the primore added to the Lord, multi- son, they returned and told, tudes both of men and wo- 23 Saying, The prison truly men :)
found we shut with all safety, 15 Insomuch, that they brought and the keepers standing withforth the sick into the streets, out, before the doors; but, when and laid them on beds and we had opened, we found no man couches, that, at the least, the within. shadow of Peter passing by, 24 Now, when the high priest, might overshadow some of and the captain of the temple, them :
and the chief priests, heard these 16 There came also a multi- things, they doubted of them tude out of the cities round whereunto this would grow. about, unto Jerusalem, bringing 25 Then came one, and told sick folks, and them which were them, saying, Behold, the men vexed with unclean spirits: and whom ye put in prison are they were healed every one. standing in the temple, and
17 Then the high priest rose teaching the people. up, and all they that were with 26 Then went the captain with him, (which is the sect of the the officers, and brought them Sadducees,) and were filled with without violence : (for they indignation,
feared the people, lest they 18 And laid their hands on the should have been stoned :) apostles, and put them in the 27 And, when they had brought common prison.
them, they set them before the 19 But the angel of the Lord council: and the high priest by night opened the prison. || asked them,
28 Saying, Did not we straitly | dred, joined themselves: who command you, that ye should was slain ; and all, as many as not teach in this name? and, obeyed him, were scattered, and behold, ye have filled Jerusalem brought to nought. with your doctrine, and intend 37 After this man rose up to bring this man's blood upon Judas of Galilee, in the days of
the taxing, and drew away 29 Then Peter, and the other much people after him; he also apostles, answered and said, perished; and all, even as many We ought to obey God, rather as obeyed him, were dispersed. than men.
38 And now, I say unto you, 30 The God of our fathers Refrain from these men, and let raised up Jesus, whom ye slew, them alone: for if this counsel, and hanged on a tree :
or this work, be of men, it will 31 Hini hath God exalted with come to nought : his right hand, to be a Prince 39 But if it be of God, ye canand a Saviour, for to give re- not overthrow it: lest haply ye pentance to Israel, and forgive. be found even to fight against ness of sins.
God. 32 And we are his witnesses 40 And to him they agreed : of these things; and so is also and when they had called the the Holy Ghost, whom God apostles, and beaten them, they hath given to them that obey commanded that they should him.
not speak in the name of Jesus, 33 When they heard that, they and let them go. were cut to the beart, and took 41 And they dcparted from counsel to slay them.
the presence of the council, re34 Then stood there up one joicing that they were counted in the council, a Pharisee, worthy to suffer shame for his named Gamaliel, a doctor of name. the law, had in reputation 42 And daily in the temple, among all the people, and com- and in every house, they ceased manded to put the apostles forth not to teach and preach Jesus
Christ. 35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to
CHAP. VI. yourselves what ye intend to do, as touching these men.
S6 For before these days rose AND in those days, when up Theudas, boasting himself the number of the disciples was to be somebody ; to whom a multiplied, there arose a murnumber of men, about four hun- \ muring of the Grecians against
a little space;
SEVEN DEACONS CHOSEN.
the Hebrews, because their the synagogue of the Libertines, widows were neglected in the and Cyrenians, and Alexan. daily ministration.
drians, and of them of Cilicia, 2 Then the twelve called the and of Asia, disputing with multitude of the disciples unto Stephen. them, and said, It is not 10 And they were not able to reason that we should leave resist the wisdom and the spirit the word of God, and serve by which he spake. tables.
11 Then they suborned men, 3 Wherefore, brethren, look || which said, We have heard ye out among you seven men him speak blasphemous words of honest report, full of the against Moses, and against Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom God. we may appoint over this busi- 12 And they stirred up the
people, and the elders, and the 4. But we will give ourselves scribes, and came upon him, continually to prayer, and to and caught him, and brought the ministry of the word. him to the council,
5 And the saying pleased the 13 And set up false witnesses, whole multitude ; and they which said, This man ceaseth chose Stephen, a man full of not to speak blasphemous words faith and of the Holy Ghost, against this holy place, and the and Philip, and Prochorus, and || law: Nicanor, and Timon, and Par- 14 For we have heard him say, menas, and Nicolas, a proselyte That this Jesus of Nazareth of Antioch;
shall destroy this place, and 6 Whom they set before the shall change the customs which apostles; and when they had Moses delivered us. prayed, they laid their hands on 15 And all that sat in the them.
council, looking stedfastly on 7 And the word of God in-him, saw his face as it had been creased; and the number of the the face of an angel. disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great com
CHAP. VII. pany of the priests were obedient to the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of faith THEN said the high priest, and power, did great wonders Are these things so? and miracles among the peo- 2 And he said, Men, brethren, ple.
and fathers, hearken; The God 9 Then there arose certain of of glory appeared unto the synagogue, which is called | father Abraham, when he was
in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt 10 And delivered him out of in Charran,
all his afflictions, and gave him 3 And said unto him, Get favour and wisdom in the sight thee out of thy country, and of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and from thy kindred, and come he made him governor over into the land which I shall shew Egypt, and all his house. thee.
11 Now there came a dearth 4 Then came he out of the over all the land of Egypt, and land of the Chaldeans, and Chanaan, and great affliction; dwelt in Charran; and from and our fathers found no sustethence, when his father was nance. dead, he removed him into this 12 But when Jacob heard that land, wherein ye now dwell. there was corn in Egypt, he
5 And he gave him none in- sent out our fathers first. heritance in it, no, not so much 13 And at the second time, as to set his foot on: yet he Joseph was made known to his promised that he would give it brethren, and Joseph's kindred to him for a possession, and to was made known unto Pharaoh. his seed after him, when as yet 14 Then sent Joseph and callhe had no child.
ed his father Jacob to him, and 6 And God spake on this all his kindred, threescore and wise, that his sced should so- | fifteen souls. journ in a strange land; and 15 So Jacob went down into that they should bring them in- Egypt, and died, he, and our to bondage, and entreat them | fathers. evil four hundred years.
16 And were carried over into 7 And the nation to whom Sychem, and laid in the sepulthey shall be in bondage, will ichre that Abraham bought for judge, said God: and after a sum of money of the sons of that, shall they come forth, and Emmor, the father of Sychem. serve me in this place.
17 But when the time of the 8 And he gave him the cove- promise drew nigh, which God nant of circumcision: and so had sworn to Abraham, the Abraham begat Isaac, and cir- people grew, and multiplied in cumcised him the eighth day ; Egypt, and Isaac begat Jacob; and
18 Till another king arose, Jacob begat the twelve patri- which knew not Joseph. archs.
19 The same dealt subtilly 9 And the patriarchs moved with our kindred, and evil-enwith envy, sold Joseph into treated our fathers, so that they Egypt: but God was with cast out their young children, him,
to the end they might not live.