The rulers of the Jews offended with Peter's sermon,
Acts 4:1 As they spake vnto the people: the Priestes and the Rular of the Temple, and the Saduces came vpon them, Acts 4:2 taking it greuouslye that they taughte the people and preached in Iesus the resurreccion frome deathe. Acts 4:3 And layed handes on them, and putte them in holde vntyll the nexte daie, for it was nowe euen tyde.
(though thousands of the people were converted that heard the Word), imprison him and John.
Acts 4:4 Howe be it, manye of them which hearde the wordes, beleued: and the numbre of þe 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 chaunced on the morowe that theyr rulars, and elders, and scribes, Acts 4:6 as Annas the chiefe Prieste, and Cayphas, and Iohn, and Alexander, and as many as were of the hye priestes gathered together at Ierusalem, Acts 4:7 and set them before them, & axed: by what power or in what name haue ye done this syrs? Acts 4:8 Then Peter full of the holy ghost sayed vnto them: ye rulars of the people, and elders of Israel, Acts 4:9 if we thys day are examined of the good dede 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 in the name of Iesus Christe of Nazareth, whom ye crucifyed, and whom God raysed agayne from deathe, euen by hym doth thys man stande here presente before you whole. Acts 4:11 This is the stone cast asyde of you builders, which is set in the chiefe place of the corner. Acts 4:12 Neither is ther saluacion in any other. Nor yet also is there any other name geuen to men wherin we muste 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 & Iohn and vnderstode that, they were vnlerned men and lay people, they meruailed, and they knew then that they were with Iesu: Acts 4:14 and beholdinge also the man whiche was healed standynge wyth them, they coulde not saye agaynst it. Acts 4:15 But they commaunded them to go a syde out of the counsell, and counceled amonge them selues Acts 4:16 saiynge: what shall we do to these men? For a manifeste signe is done by them, and is openlye knowen to all them that dwell in Hierusalem, and we can not denie it. Acts 4:17 But þt it be noised no further among the people, let vs threaten and charge them that they speake henceforth to no man in this name. Acts 4:18 And they called them and commaunded them that in no wyse they should speake or teache in the name of Iesu. Acts 4:19 But Peter and Iohn aunswered to them and sayd: whether it be ryght in þe syght of God to obey you more then God, iudge ye. Acts 4:20 For we can not. But speake that whiche we haue sene and heard. Acts 4:21 So threatened they them and let them go, and founde nothinge howe to punyshe them, because of the people. For all men lauded God for the myracle 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 their fellowes, and shewed all that the hye priestes and elders had sayed to them. Acts 4:24 And when they hearde that, they lifte vp their voices to God with one accorde, and saied: Lorde, thou art God, whiche haste made heauen and earth, the sea and al that in them is, Acts 4:25 whiche by the mouth of thy seruaunt Dauid hast said: Why dyd the heathen rage, and the people imagyn vaine thinges. Acts 4:26 The kinges of þe earth stode vp and þe rulers came together, againste Lorde and agaynste his Chryste. Acts 4:27 For of a trueth againste thy holy childe Iesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herode and also Poncius Pilate, with the Gentyls & the people of Israel, gathered them selues together, Acts 4:28 for to do whatsoeuer thy hande and thy councell determined before to be done. Acts 4:29 And nowe Lorde, beholde their threateninges, and graunte vnto thy seruauntes with all confidence to speake thy worde. Acts 4:30 So þt thou stretche forth thy hande, that healing and signes and wounders be done by the name of thy holye 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, the place moued where they were assembled together, and they were all filled with the holy ghoste, and they spake the worde of God boldlye. Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that beleued were of one herte, and of one soule. Also none of them said that anye of the thinges whyche he possessed, was his owne: but had all thinges commune. Acts 4:33 And with greate power gaue the Apostles wytnes of the resurreccion of the Lorde Iesus. And greate grace was geuen wt them all. Acts 4:34 Neyther was there anye amonge them that lacked. For as manie as were possessours of landes and houses, sold them and broughte the price of the thinges, that were solde, Acts 4:35 and layed it doune at the Apostles fete. And distribution was made vnto euery man accordinge as he had nede. Acts 4:36 And Ioses who was also called of þe Apostles Barnabas (that is to say the sonne of consolation) beynge a Leuite, and of the country of Cipers, Acts 4:37 had lande, and solde it, and laied the pryce doune at the Apostles fete.