The rulers of the Jews offended with Peter's sermon,
Acts 4:1 And as they spake vnto ye people, the priestes & the ruler of the temple, and the saducees, came vpon them, Acts 4:2 Takyng it greuously that they taught the people, and preached in Iesus the resurrection from the dead. Acts 4:3 And they layde handes on them, and put them in holde, vntyll the next day: for it was nowe euentyde.
(though thousands of the people were converted that heard the Word), imprison him and John.
Acts 4:4 Howbeit, many of them which hearde the worde, beleued: and the number of the men was about fyue thousande.
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 morowe, that their rulers, and elders, & scribes, Acts 4:6 And Annas the chiefe priest, and Caiaphas, and Iohn, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kynrede of the hye priestes, were gathered together at Hierusalem. Acts 4:7 And when they had set them before them, they asked: by what power, or in what name haue ye done this? Acts 4:8 Then Peter, full of the holy ghost, sayde vnto them: Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, Acts 4:9 If we this day be examined of the good deede done to the sicke 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 Christe of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raysed agayne from the dead: euen by hym doth this man stande here before you whole. Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was cast asyde of you buylders, which is the head of the corner: Acts 4:12 Neither is there saluation in any other. For among men vnder heauen, there is geuen none other name, wherin we must be saued.
they command him and John to preach no more in that name, adding also threatening,
Acts 4:13 Nowe when they sawe the boldnesse of Peter and Iohn, and vnderstoode that they were vnlearned and lay men, they marueyled, and they knewe them that they had ben with Iesu: Acts 4:14 And beholdyng also the man which was healed, standyng with them, they coulde not say agaynst it, Acts 4:15 But commaundyng them to go asyde out of the counsel, and counseled among them selues, Acts 4:16 Saying: What shall we do to these men? For a manifest signe is done by them, and is openly knowen to all them that dwell in Hierusalem, and we can not denie it. Acts 4:17 But that it be noysed no farther among the people, let vs threaten and charge them that they speake hencefoorth to no man in this name. Acts 4:18 And they called them, and commaunded them, that in no wyse they shoulde speake, nor teache in the name of Iesu. Acts 4:19 But Peter and Iohn aunswered, and sayde vnto them: Whether it be ryght in the syght of God, to hearken vnto you more then to God, iudge ye. Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speake that, which we haue seene and hearde. Acts 4:21 So threatned they them, and let them go, and founde nothyng how to punishe them, because of the people: For all men praysed God, because of that which was done. Acts 4:22 For the man was about fourtie yere olde, on whom this miracle of healyng was shewed.
whereupon the Church fleeth to prayer.
Acts 4:23 Then assoone as they were let go, they came to their felowes, and shewed all that the hye priestes and elders had sayde vnto them. Acts 4:24 And when they hearde that, they lyft vp their voyces to God with one accorde, and sayde: Lorde, thou art God, which hast made heauen and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, Acts 4:25 Which by the mouth of thy seruaunt Dauid, hast sayde: Why dyd the Heathen rage, & the people imagine vayne thynges? Acts 4:26 The kynges of the earth stoode vp, and the rulers came together, agaynst the Lorde, and agaynst his Christe. Acts 4:27 And of a trueth, agaynst thy holye chylde Iesus, who thou hast anoynted, both Herode and also Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, gathered them selues together, Acts 4:28 For to do whatsoeuer thy hande & thy counsel determined before to be done. Acts 4:29 And nowe Lorde, beholde their threatnynges, & graunt vnto thy seruauntes, that with all boldensse they may speake thy worde. Acts 4:30 So that thou stretch foorth thyne hande, that healyng, and signes, and wonders, be done by the name of thy holy chylde 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 assoone as they had prayed, the place moued where they were assembled together, and they were all fylled with the holy ghost, and they spake the worde of God boldely. Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that beleued, were of one heart, and of one soule: Neither sayde any of them, that ought of ye thynges which he possessed, was his owne: but they had all thinges common. Acts 4:33 And with great power gaue the Apostles witnesse of the resurrection of the Lorde Iesu: And great grace was with them all. Acts 4:34 Neither was there any among them, that lacked: For as many as were possessers of landes, or houses, solde them, & brought the price of the thynges that were solde, Acts 4:35 And layed it downe at the Apostles feete: And distribution was made vnto euery man, accordyng as he had neede. Acts 4:36 And Ioses, which was also called of the Apostles Barnabas (that is to say) the sonne of consolation, being a Leuite, and of the countrey of Cypers, Acts 4:37 When he had lande, solde it, and layde the money downe at the Apostles feete.