The rulers of the Jews offended with Peter's sermon,
Acts 4:1 And as they spake vnto the people, the Priests and the captaine of the Temple, and the Sadduces came vpon them, Acts 4:2 Being grieued that they taught the people, and preached through Iesus the resurrection from the dead. Acts 4:3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold vnto the next day: for it was now euentide.
(though thousands of the people were converted that heard the Word), imprison him and John.
Acts 4:4 Howbeit, many of them which heard the word, beleeued, and the number of the men was about fiue thousand.
After, upon examination Peter boldly avouching the lame man to be healed by the name of Jesus, and that by the same Jesus only we must be eternally saved,
Acts 4:5 And it came to passe on the morow, that their rulers, and Elders, and Scribes, Acts 4:6 And Annas the high Priest, and Caiphas, and Iohn, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kinred of the high Priest, were gathered together at Hierusalem. Acts 4:7 And when they had set them in the middest, they asked, By what power, or by what name haue ye done this? Acts 4:8 Then Peter filled with the holy Ghost, said vnto them, Ye rulers of the people, and Elders of Israel, Acts 4:9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what meanes he is made whole, Acts 4:10 Be it knowen vnto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the Name of Iesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whome God raised from the dead, euen by him, doeth this man stand here before you, whole. Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Acts 4:12 Neither is there saluation in any other: for there is none other name vnder heauen giuen among men whereby we must be saued.
they command him and John to preach no more in that name, adding also threatening,
Acts 4:13 Now when they sawe the boldnesse of Peter and Iohn, and perceiued that they were vnlearned and ignorant men, they marueiled, and they tooke knowledge of them, that they had bene with Iesus. Acts 4:14 And beholding the man which was healed, standing with them, they could say nothing against it. Acts 4:15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the Council, they conferred among themselues, Acts 4:16 Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath bene done by them, is manifest to all them that dwell in Hierusalem, and we cannot denie it. Acts 4:17 But that it spread no farther among the people, let vs straitly threaten them, that they speake henceforth to no man in this Name. Acts 4:18 And they called them, and commanded them, not to speake at all, nor teach in the Name of Iesus. Acts 4:19 But Peter and Iohn answered, and said vnto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God, to hearken vnto you more then vnto God, iudge ye. Acts 4:20 For wee cannot but speake the things which we haue seene and heard. Acts 4:21 So when they had further threatned them, they let them goe, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done. Acts 4:22 For the man was aboue fourtie yeeres olde, on whome this miracle of healing was shewed.
whereupon the Church fleeth to prayer.
Acts 4:23 And being let goe, they went to their owne company, and reported all that the chiefe Priests and Elders had said vnto them. Acts 4:24 And when they heard that, they lift vp their voyce to God with one accord, & said, Lord, thou art God which hast made heauen and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is, Acts 4:25 Who by the mouth of thy seruant Dauid hast saide, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vaine things? Acts 4:26 The Kings of the earth stood vp, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, & against his Christ. Acts 4:27 For of a trueth against thy holy child Iesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were gathered together, Acts 4:28 For to doe whatsoeuer thy hand and thy counsell determined before to be done. Acts 4:29 And now Lord, behold their threatnings, and graunt vnto thy seruants, that with all boldnesse they may speake thy word, Acts 4:30 By stretching foorth thine hand to heale: and that signes and wonders may be done by the Name of thy holy child Iesus.
And God, by moving the place where they were assembled, testified that he heard their prayer: confirming the Church with the gift of the Holy Ghost, and with mutual love and charity.
Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were all filled with the holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldnesse. Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that beleeued, were of one heart, and of one soule: Neither said any of them, that ought of the things which he possessed, was his owne, but they had all things common. Acts 4:33 And with great power gaue the Apostles witnesse of the resurrection of the Lord Iesus, and great grace was vpon them all. Acts 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: For as many as were possessors of lands, or houses, sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were solde, Acts 4:35 And laide them downe at the Apostles feete: And distribution was made vnto euery man according as hee had neede. Acts 4:36 And Ioses, who by the Apostles was surnamed Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, The sonne of consolation) a Leuite, and of the Countrey of Cyprus, Acts 4:37 Hauing land, sold it, and brought the money, & laid it at the Apostles feet.