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But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife,
And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy
and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart
to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was
was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in
thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the
and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out,
And it was about the space of three hours after, when his
not knowing what was done, came in.
And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the
so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed
to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have
buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up
ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying
her forth, buried her by her husband.
And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many
heard these things.
And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and
wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in
And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but
people magnified them.
And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes
of men and women.)
Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets,
laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter
passing by might overshadow some of them.
There came also a multitude out of the cities round about
Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean
spirits: and they were healed every one.
Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with
(which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with
And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the
But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors,
brought them forth, and said,
Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the
And when they heard that, they entered into the temple
the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were
with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the
children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
But when the officers came, and found them not in the
they returned and told,
Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and
keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we
found no man within.
Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and
chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this
Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom
in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.
Then went the captain with the officers, and brought
without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have
And when they had brought them, they set them before
council: and the high priest asked them,
Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not
in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your
doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We
obey God rather than men.
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and
on a tree.
Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and
Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also
Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and
counsel to slay them.
Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee,
Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people,
and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to
what ye intend to do as touching these men.
For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to
somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined
themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were
scattered, and brought to nought.
After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of
taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and
all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let
alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to
But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye
found even to fight against God.
And to him they agreed: and when they had called the
and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name
of Jesus, and let them go.
And they departed from the presence of the council,
that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased
teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Orthodox Library, St. Spyridon, 2007.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest Peter, the Lebanese people,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!