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Acts 4

The rulers of the Jews offended with Peter's sermon,

Acts 4:1 As they spake vnto the people, the prestes and the rulars of the temple, and the Saduces, came vpon them, Acts 4:2 takyng it greuously, that they taught the people, and preached in Iesus the resurreccyon from deeth. Acts 4:3 And they layde handes on them, and put them in holde vntyll þe nexte daye: for it was now 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 wordes beleued, and the nombre of the men was aboute 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 chaunsed on the morow, that their rulars and elders and Scribes, Acts 4:6 (and Annas the chefe Prest, and Cayphas, and Iohn, and Alexander, & as many as were of þe kynred of þe hye Prestes) gathered together at Ierusalem. Acts 4:7 And whan 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 þe holy goost sayde vnto them ye rulars of the people, and elders of Israel, Acts 4:9 yf we this daye be examined of the good dede that we haue done to the sycke man by what meanes he is made whoale: Acts 4:10 be it knowen vnto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Iesus Chryst of Nazareth, whom ye crucyfyed, whom God raysed agayne from deeth: euen by him doth this man stande here present before you whoale. Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was cast asyde of you buylders, which is become the chefe of the corner. Acts 4:12 Nether is there saluacyon in eny other. For amonge 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 When they sawe the boldnes of Peter and Iohn, and vnderstode that they were vnlerned and laye men, they marueyled, and they knewe them, that they had bene with Iesu: Acts 4:14 and beholdynge also the man (which was healed) standynge with them, they coulde not saye agaynst it: Acts 4:15 but commaunded them to go asyde out of þe counsell, and counceled amonge them selues, Acts 4:16 sayinge: what shall we do to these men? For a manifest sygne is done by them, and is openly knowen to all them that dwell in Ierusalem, and we cannot denye it. Acts 4:17 But that it be noysed no farther amonge the people, let vs threaten and charge them, þt they speake hence forth to no man in thys name. Acts 4:18 And they called them, and commaunded them, that in no wyse they shulde speake ner teach in þe name of Iesu. Acts 4:19 But Peter & Iohn answered and sayde vnto them: whether it be ryght in þe sight of God, to herken vnto you more then to God, iudge ye. Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speake, that which we haue sene & heard. Acts 4:21 So threatened they them, and let them go, and founde nothynge howe to punysshe them, because of the people. For all men praysed God because of þt which was done: Acts 4:22 for the man was aboue fourty yeare olde, on whom thys myracle of healynge was shewed.

whereupon the Church fleeth to prayer.

Acts 4:23 Assone as they were let go, they came to theyr felowes, and shewed all that the hye Prestes and elders had sayde. Acts 4:24 And when they hearde þt, they lyfte vp their voyces to God with one accorde, and sayde: Lorde, thou art God, which hast made heauen and erth, the see, & all that in them is, Acts 4:25 which by þe mouth of thy seruaunt Dauid hast sayd: Why dyd the hethen rage, and the people ymagen vayne thynges? Acts 4:26 The kynges of the erth stode vp, and the rulars came together, agaynst the Lorde and agaynst hys anoynted. Acts 4:27 For of a trueth, agaynst thy holy chylde Iesus (whom þu hast anoynted) both Herode and also Poncius Pylate, which the Gentyls and the people of Israel, gathered them selues together Acts 4:28 for to do whatsoeuer thy hande and thy counsell determyned before to be done. Acts 4:29 And now Lorde, beholde their threatenynges, and graunte vnto thy seruauntes, that with all confydence they maye speake thy worde. Acts 4:30 So that thou stretche forth thyne hande, that healynge and sygnes 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 assone as they had prayed þe place moued where they were assembled together and they were all fylled with the holy Goost, and they spake the worde of God boldely. Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that beleued, were of one hert, & of one soule. Neyther sayde anye of them, that ought of the thynges which he possessed, was hys awne: but they had all thinges commen. Acts 4:33 And with greate power gaue the Apostles wytnes of the resurrecyon of the Lord Iesu. And great grace was with them all. Acts 4:34 Nether was ther eny among them, that lacked. For as many as were possessers of landes or houses, solde them, and brought þe pryce of þe thinges that were solde, Acts 4:35 and layed it downe at þe Apostles fete: And distribucion was made vnto euery man accordynge as he had nede. Acts 4:36 And Ioses, which was also called of þe Apostles, Barnabas (that is to saye, þe sonne of consolacyon) beynge a Leuite, and of the countre of Cypers Acts 4:37 whan he had lande, solde it, and layde the pryce downe at the Apostles fete.

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