Acts of the Apostles

Acts 4

1. And as they spoke to the people about these things, the high priest and Saducces and authorities rose up against them in the temple,
2. As they were furious against them for teaching the nation about the Messiah, regarding the Resurrection from the grave.*
3. And they threw their hands over them and held them prisoner until the following day, because the evening was approaching.
4. And many that heard the manifestation of [the apostles] believed. And they happened to be five thousand men in number.

5. And on the following day, the authorities and the priests and the scribes gathered,
6. And also Annas, chief on the high priests, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and those who were from the high priests' family*.
7. And as they stood them up in the middle, they asked them, "By what power or by what name, you perform these [healings]?"
8. Then Simon Keepa [Peter] was filled with the holy Spirit, and he told them, "Authorities of the nation and priests of the house of Israel, listen.
9. "If we are going to be put on trial daily, regarding the good deeds performed for humanity, as to who healed this man,
10. "Let this be known among you and all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene*, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the grave, through him, behold, by him who was raised, this man before you was restored.
11. " 'The stone that, you, builders rejected, became the cornerstone.'
12. "And no one else can Save you! For there is no other name under heaven, that is given to humanity, through which we receive the Covenant of Life."
13. And as they heard Simon's manifestation, and John's, which they told it openly, they understood that they did not know the Scripture and the liturgy, and they were amazed by them, as they recognized them to have gone around with Jesus.
14. And they saw the cripple who was healed with them, and they could not say anything against them.
15. Then they ordered that they be cast out of their synagogue, and they said one to the other,
16. "What shall we do to these men, for now, behold, a miracle has been openly performed by their hands, which is known by all the inhabitants of Jerusalem," and they were not able to blaspheme."
17. Except, so as the word should not go out any further among the people, which did not suit them, [they wished] that they would not speak the name [of Jesus] to a single human being.*
18. And they called them and ordered them that they are forbidden to speak and teach in the name of Jesus.
19. Simon Keepa [Peter] and John replied and told them, "If righteousness before your God is more important* than God, you be the judge.
20. "For we cannot not speak of what we have seen and heard."
21. And it suited them, and they released them. For they could not find a reason to put anything on their head, because of the people.* For everyone* glorified God for what had happened.
22. For he was more than forty years old, the man who was healed by this miracle.

23. And as they were released, they came to their brothers, and reported to them everything that the high priests and priests said.
24. And as they heard it, like one they raised their voices to God and said, "Our Lord, you are the God who created heaven and earth and the oceans and everything that is in them.
25. "And you are the One who spoke through the holy Spirit by the mouth of David your servant,

'Why did the nations revolt
and motherlands contemplate suicide?
26. " 'The kings of the earth and their governors rose
and conspired in unison against the Lord and his Messiah.'

27. "For they truly gathered in this city against your holy Son Jesus, whom you Anointed, Herod and Pilate, together with the nations and councils of Israel,
28. "To do whatever your hand and your will predestined to happen.
29. "And even now, Lord, look and see their calumny, and allow your servants that they may preach your manifestation in all openness,
30. "As you extend your hand for healings and mighty deeds and miracles, that they may be performed in the name of your holy Son Jesus."
31. And as they prayed fervently, there was an earthquake in the country and where they were gathered, and they were all filled with the holy Spirit, and they spoke the manifestation of God most openly.

32. And there was then the congregation* that believed as one soul and one faith, and not one* of them said regarding the money that they earned, that it was theirs. Except whatever they had, belonged to all of them.*
33. And these apostles gave powerful testimony about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and there was great grace among them all.
34. And no one* among them went wild. For those who had earned a farm and house sold it and contributed the liquid assets from what they sold.
35. And they consecrated it by the feet of the apostles, and they gave to each one* according to their needs.
36. Joseph, however, who was called Barnabas by the apostles, which translates to son of Generosity, a Levite from the country of Cyprus,
37. Had a farm, which he sold, and he brought the liquid assets and consecrated them before the feet of the apostles.

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Footnotes:
*4:2 Lit. Ar. id.: "House of the Dead."
*4:6 Lit. Aramaic figure of speech: "Generation."
*4:10 Lit. Aramaic name retained: "The victorious."
*4:17 Lit. Aramaic expression: "To no human being from humanity."
*4:19 Lit. Aramaic expression: "Should be heard more."
*4:21.1 Lit. Aramaic expression retained: "They could not accuse them of anything, or make them liable."
*4:21.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Every human [being.]"
*4:32.1 Lit. Aramaic figure of speech: "Crowd of human [beings.]"
*4:32.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
*4:32.3 Lit. Aramaic expression: "Was of the inside."
*4:34 Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
*4:35 Lit. Aramaic idiomatic figure of speech: "To human [being] human [being.]"