Lying to the Holy Spirit
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira
his wife, sold a possession.
And he kept back part of the proceeds,
his wife also being aware of it, and
brought a certain part and laid it at the
But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled
your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep
back part of the price of the land for
While it remained, was it not your own? And
after it was sold, was it not in your own
control? Why have you conceived this thing in
your heart? You have not lied to men but to
Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and
breathed his last. So great fear came upon all
those who heard these things.
And the young men arose and wrapped him up,
carried him out, and buried him.
Now it was about three hours later when his wife
came in, not knowing what had happened.
And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you
sold the land for so much?” She said,
“Yes, for so much.”
Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have
agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord?
Look, the feet of those who have buried your
husband are at the door, and they will
carry you out.”
Then immediately she fell down at his feet and
breathed her last. And the young men came in and
found her dead, and carrying her out,
buried her by her husband.
So great fear came upon all the church and upon
all who heard these things.
Power in the Church
And through the hands of the apostles many signs
and wonders were done among the people. And they
were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.
Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the
people esteemed them highly.
And believers were increasingly added to the
Lord, multitudes of both men and women,
so that they brought the sick out into the
streets and laid them on beds and
couches, that at least the shadow of Peter
passing by might fall on some of them.
Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding
cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and
those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and
they were all healed.
Then the high priest rose up, and all those who
were with him (which is the sect of the
Sadducees), and they were filled with
and laid their hands on the apostles and put
them in the common prison.
But at night an angel of the Lord opened the
prison doors and brought them out, and said,
“Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people
all the words of this life.”
And when they heard that, they entered
the temple early in the morning and taught. But
the high priest and those with him came and
called the council together, with all the elders
of the children of Israel, and sent to the
prison to have them brought.
on Trial Again
But when the officers came and did not find them
in the prison, they returned and reported,
saying, “Indeed we found the prison shut
securely, and the guards standing outside
before the doors; but when we opened them,
we found no one inside!”
Now when the high priest, the captain of the
temple, and the chief priests heard these
things, they wondered what the outcome would be.
So one came and told them, saying, “Look, the
men whom you put in prison are standing in the
temple and teaching the people!”
Then the captain went with the officers and
brought them without violence, for they feared
the people, lest they should be stoned.
And when they had brought them, they set them
before the council. And the high priest asked
28 saying, “Did we not strictly command
you not to teach in this name? And look, you
have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and
intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!”
But Peter and the other apostles answered
and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you
murdered by hanging on a tree.
Him God has exalted to His right hand to be
Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel
and forgiveness of sins.
And we are His witnesses to these things, and
so also is the Holy Spirit whom God
has given to those who obey Him.”
When they heard this, they were furious
and plotted to kill them.
Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee
named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in
respect by all the people, and commanded them to
put the apostles outside for a little while.
And he said to them: “Men of Israel, take heed
to yourselves what you intend to do regarding
For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to
be somebody. A number of men, about four
hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who
obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing.
After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the
days of the census, and drew away many people
after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed
him were dispersed.
And now I say to you, keep away from these men
and let them alone; for if this plan or this
work is of men, it will come to nothing;
but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow
it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”
And they agreed with him, and when they had
called for the apostles and beaten them,
they commanded that they should not speak in the
name of Jesus, and let them go.
So they departed from the presence of the
council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy
to suffer shame for His name.
And daily in the temple, and in every house,
they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus
as the Christ.