But a certain man named Ananiah, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 and kept back part of the price, his wife also being knowledgeable of it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananiah, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 While it remained, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your power? How is it that you have conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to Yahweh. 5 And Ananiah hearing these words fell down and gave up the spirit: and great fear came upon all that heard it. 6 And the young men arose and wrapped him round, and they carried him out and buried him.
7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered to her, Tell me whether you sold the land for so much. And she said, Yes, for so much. 9 But Peter said to her, How is it that you have agreed together to try the Spirit of Yahweh? Behold, the feet of them that have buried your husband are at the door, and they shall carry you out. 10 And she fell down immediately at his feet, and gave up the spirit: and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole assembly, and upon all that heard these things.
12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders worked among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. 13 But of the rest no one dared join himself to them: however the people magnified them; 14 and believers were the more added to Yahweh, multitudes both of men and women; 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that, as Peter came by, at the least his shadow might overshadow some one of them. 16 And there also came together the multitude from the cities all around Jerusalem, bringing sick folk, and them that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
17 But the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy, 18 and laid hands on the apostles, and put them in public ward. 19 But an angel of Yahweh by night opened the prison doors, and brought them out, and said, 20 Go, and stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this Life. 21 And when they heard this, they entered into the temple about daybreak, 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-house to have them brought. 22 But the officers that came found them not in the prison; and they returned, and told, 23 saying, The prison-house we found shut in all safety, and the keepers standing at the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man inside. 24 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were much perplexed concerning them to which this would grow. 25 And there came one and told them, Behold, the men whom you put in the prison are in the temple standing and teaching the people. 26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them, but without violence; for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. 27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28 saying, We strictly charged you not to teach in this name: and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. 29 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey Yahweh rather than men. 30 The Elohim of our fathers raised up Yahshua, whom you killed, hanging him on a tree. 31 Him did Yahweh exalt with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins. 32 And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, which Yahweh has given to them that obey him.
33 But they, when they heard this, were cut to the heart, and were minded to kill them. 34 But there stood up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel a doctor of the law, had in honor of all the people, and commanded to put them forth a little while. 35 And he said to them, You men of Israel, take heed to yourselves as touching these men, what you are about to do. 36 For before these days rose up Theudas, giving himself out to be somebody; to whom a number of men about four hundred, joined themselves: who was killed; and all, as many as obeyed him, were dispersed, and came to nothing. 37 After this man rose up Judah of Galilee in the days of the enrolment, and drew away some of the people after him: he also perished; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered abroad. 38 And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will be overthrown: 39 but if it is of Elohim, you will not be able to overthrow them; lest you be found even to be fighting against Elohim. 40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles to them, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Yahshua, and let them go. 41 They therefore departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name. 42 And every day, in the temple and at home, they ceased not to teach and to preach Yahshua as the Messiah.
Now in these days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a murmuring of the Grecian Jews against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 And the twelve called the multitude of the disciples to them, and said, It is not fit that we should forsake the word of Yahweh, and serve tables. 3 Look you out therefore brethren, from among you seven men of good report, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will continue steadfastly in prayer, and in the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus a proselyte of Antioch; 6 whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands upon them.
7 And the word of Yahweh increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, worked great wonders and signs among the people. 9 But there arose certain of them that were of the synagogue called the synagogue of the Libertines, and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. 11 Then they suborned men, who said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against Elohim. 12 And they stirred up the people, and elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and seized him, and brought him into the council, 13 and set up false witnesses, who said, This man ceases not to speak words against this holy place, and the law: 14 for we have heard him say, that this Yahshua of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered to us. 15 And all that sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
And the high priest said, Are these things so? 2 And he said,
Brethren and fathers, listen: The Elohim of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, 3 and said to him, Get out of your land, and from your kindred, and come into the land which I shall show you. 4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in Haran: and from there, when his father was dead, Elohim removed him into this land, in which you now dwell: 5 and he gave him no inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: and he promised that he would give it to him in possesion, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child. 6 And Yahweh spoke on this wise, that his seed should sojourn in a strange land, and that they should bring them into bondage, and treat them ill, four hundred years. 7 And the nation to which they shall be in bondage will I judge, said Yahweh: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place. 8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham procreated Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day, and Isaac procreated Jacob, and Jacob the twelve patriarchs. 9 And the patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt: and Yahweh was with him, 10 and delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. 11 Now there came a famine over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent forth our fathers the first time. 13 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph’s race became manifest to Pharaoh. 14 And Joseph sent, and called to him Jacob his father, and all his kindred, seventy-five souls. 15 And Jacob went down into Egypt; and he died, himself and our fathers; 16 and they were carried over, to Hebron and Shechem, and laid in tombs bought for a price in silver-Abraham of Ephron and Jacob of the sons of Hamor in Shechem. 17 But as the time of the promise drew near which Elohim vouchsafed to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, 18 till there arose another king over Egypt who knew not Joseph. 19 The same dealt craftily with our race, and ill treated our fathers, that they should cast out their babes to the end they might not live. 20 At which season Moses was born, and was very fair; and he was nourished three months in his father’s house: 21 and when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. 22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians; and he was mighty in his words and works. 23 But when he was well-near forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, striking the Egyptian: 25 and he supposed that his brethren understood that Yahweh by his hand was giving them deliverance; but they understood not. 26 And the day following he appeared to them as they contended, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, you are brethren; why do you wrong one to another? 27 But he that did his neighbor wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Would you kill me, as you killed the Egyptian yesterday? 29 And Moses fled at this saying, and become a sojourner in the land of Midian, where he procreated two sons. 30 And when forty years were fulfilled, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 31 And when Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold, there came a voice of Yahweh, 32 I am the Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob. And Moses trembled, and dared not behold. 33 And Yahweh said to him, Loose the shoes from your feet: for the place on which you stand is holy ground. 34 I have surely seen the affliction of my people that is in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I am come down to deliver them: and now come I will send you into Egypt. 35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge? Him has Yahweh sent to be both a ruler and a redeemer with the hand of the angel that appeared to him in the bush. 36 This man led them forth, having worked wonders and signs in Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. 37 This is that Moses, who said to the children of Israel, A prophet shall Yahweh raise up to you from among your brethren, like to me. 38 This is he that was in the assembly in the wilderness with the angel that spoke to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received living oracles to give to us: 39 to whom our fathers would not be obedient, but thrust him from them, and turned back in their hearts to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, Make us elohim that shall go before us: for as for this Moses, who led us forth out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him. 41 And they made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands. 42 But Elohim turned, and gave them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets,
Did you offer to me killed beasts and sacrifices
Forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
43 And you took up the tabernacle of Moloch.
And the star of the elohim Rephan,
The figures which you made to worship them:
And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of the testimony in the wilderness, even as he appointed who spoke to Moses, that he should make it according to the figure that he had seen. 45 Which also our fathers, in their turn, brought in with Yahshua when they entered on the possession of the nations, that Elohim thrust out before the face of our fathers, to the days of David: 46 who found favor in the sight of Elohim, and asked to find a habitation for the Elohim of Jacob. 47 But Solomon built him a house. 48 However the Most High dwells not in houses made with hands; as says the prophet,
49 The heaven is my throne.
And the earth the footstool of my feet:
What manner of house will you build me? says Yahweh:
Or what is the place of my rest?
50 Did not my hand make all these things?
51 You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed them that showed before of the coming of the Righteous One; of whom you have now become betrayers and murderers; 53 you who received the law as it was ordained by angels, and kept it not.
54 Now when they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of Yahweh, and Yahshua standing on the right hand of Yahweh, 56 and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of Yahweh. 57 But they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and rushed upon him with one accord; 58 and they cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon Yahweh, and saying, Sovereign, receive my spirit. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Yahweh, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
And Saul was consenting to his death. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the assembly which was in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him. 3 But Saul laid waste the assembly, entering into every house, and dragging men and women commited them to prison.
4 They therefore that were scattered abroad went about preaching the word. 5 And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed to them the Messiah. 6 And the multitudes gave heed with one accord to the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard, and saw the signs which he did. 7 For from many of those that had unclean spirits, they came out, crying with a loud voice; and many that were palsied, and that were lame, were healed. 8 And there was much joy in that city.
9 But there was a certain man, Simon by name, who beforetime in the city used sorcery, and amazed the people of Samaria, giving out that he himself was some great one: 10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is that power of Elohim which is called Great. 11 And they gave heed to him, because that of long time he had amazed them with his sorceries. 12 But when they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of Yahweh and the name of Yahshua the Messiah, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 And Simon also himself believed; and being baptized, he continued with Philip; and beholding signs and great miracles worked, he was amazed.
14 Now when the apostles that were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of Yahweh, they sent to them Peter and John: 15 who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit: 16 for as yet it had fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Sovereign Yahshua. 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, Give me also this power, that on whomever I lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit. 20 But Peter said to him, May your silver perish with you, because you have thought to obtain the gift of Yahweh with money. 21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter: for your heart is not right before Yahweh. 22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray Yahweh, if perhaps the thought of your heart shall be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity. 24 And Simon answered and said, Pray you for me to Yahweh, that none of the things which you have spoken come upon me.
25 They therefore, when they had testified and spoken the word of Yahweh, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the good tidings to many villages of the Samaritans.
26 But an angel of Yahweh spoke to Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south to the way that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza: the same is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, Go near, and join yourself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Do you understand what you read? 31 And he said, How can I, except some one shall guide me? And he supplicated Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this,
He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb,
So he opens not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away:
His generation who shall declare?
For his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray you, of whom speaks the prophet this? of himself, or of some other? 35 And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached to him Yahshua. 36 And as they went on the way, they came to a certain water; and the eunuch said, Behold, here is water; what does hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe that Yahshua the Messiah is the Son of Yahweh. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of Yahweh caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached the good tidings to all the cities, till he came to Cesarea.