- 8 They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.
- Awe came upon everyone, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
- All who believed were together and had all things in common;
- they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one's need.
- Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart,
- praising God and enjoying favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
- As he clung to Peter and John, all the people hurried in amazement toward them in the portico called "Solomon's Portico."
- When Peter saw this, he addressed the people, "You Israelites, why are you amazed at this, and why do you look so intently at us as if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?
- The God of Abraham, (the God) of Isaac, and (the God) of Jacob, the God of our ancestors, has glorified 4 his servant Jesus whom you handed over and denied in Pilate's presence, when he had decided to release him.
- You denied the Holy and Righteous One 5 and asked that a murderer be released to you.
- 6 The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.
- And by faith in his name, this man, whom you see and know, his name has made strong, and the faith that comes through it has given him this perfect health, in the presence of all of you.
- Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, 7 just as your leaders did;
- but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, 8 that his Messiah would suffer.
- Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away,
- and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Messiah already appointed for you, Jesus, 9
- whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration 10 of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.
- For Moses said: 11 'A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you from among your own kinsmen; to him you shall listen in all that he may say to you.
- Everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be cut off from the people.'
- Moreover, all the prophets who spoke, from Samuel and those afterwards, also announced these days.
- You are the children of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors when he said to Abraham, 'In your offspring all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'
- For you first, God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways."
- On the next day, their leaders, elders, and scribes were assembled in Jerusalem,
- with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly class.
- They brought them into their presence and questioned them, "By what power or by what name have you done this?"
- Then Peter, filled with the holy Spirit, answered them, "Leaders of the people and elders:
- If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved,
- then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed.
- He is 'the stone rejected by you, 2 the builders, which has become the cornerstone.'
- 3 There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved."
- Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, they were amazed, and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.
- Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them, they could say nothing in reply.
- So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin, and conferred with one another, saying,
- "What are we to do with these men? Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign was done through them, and we cannot deny it.
- But so that it may not be spread any further among the people, let us give them a stern warning never again to speak to anyone in this name."
- So they called them back and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
- Peter and John, however, said to them in reply, "Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges.
- It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard."
- After threatening them further, they released them, finding no way to punish them, on account of the people who were all praising God for what had happened.
- For the man on whom this sign of healing had been done was over forty years old.
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