The rulers of the Jews offended with Peter's sermon,
Acts 4:1 And as they are speaking unto the people, there came to them the priests, and the magistrate of the temple, and the Sadducees Acts 4:2 being grieved because of their teaching the people, and preaching in Jesus the rising again out of the dead Acts 4:3 and they laid hands upon them, and did put them in custody unto the morrow, for it was evening already;
(though thousands of the people were converted that heard the Word), imprison him and John.
Acts 4:4 and many of those hearing the word did believe, and the number of the men became, as it were, five 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 pass upon the morrow, there were gathered together of them the rulers, and elders, and scribes, to Jerusalem, Acts 4:6 and Annas the chief priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the chief priest, Acts 4:7 and having set them in the midst, they were inquiring, 'In what power, or in what name did ye do this?' Acts 4:8 Then Peter, having been filled with the Holy Spirit, said unto them: 'Rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, Acts 4:9 if we to-day are examined concerning the good deed to the ailing man, by whom he hath been saved, Acts 4:10 be it known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye did crucify, whom God did raise out of the dead, in him hath this one stood by before you whole. Acts 4:11 'This is the stone that was set at nought by youthe builders, that became head of a corner; Acts 4:12 and there is not salvation in any other, for there is no other name under the heaven that hath been given among men, in which it behoveth us to be saved.'
they command him and John to preach no more in that name, adding also threatening,
Acts 4:13 And beholding the openness of Peter and John, and having perceived that they are men unlettered and plebeian, they were wonderingthey were taking knowledge also of them that with Jesus they had been Acts 4:14 and seeing the man standing with them who hath been healed, they had nothing to say against [it], Acts 4:15 and having commanded them to go away out of the sanhedrim, they took counsel with one another, Acts 4:16 saying, 'What shall we do to these men? because that, indeed, a notable sign hath been done through them, to all those dwelling in Jerusalem [is] manifest, and we are not able to deny [it]; Acts 4:17 but that it may spread no further toward the people, let us strictly threaten them no more to speak in this name to any man.' Acts 4:18 And having called them, they charged them not to speak at all, nor to teach, in the name of Jesus, Acts 4:19 and Peter and John answering unto them said, 'Whether it is righteous before God to hearken to you rather than to God, judge ye; Acts 4:20 for we cannot but speak what we did see and hear.' Acts 4:21 And they having further threatened [them], let them go, finding nothing how they may punish them, because of the people, because all were glorifying God for that which hath been done, Acts 4:22 for above forty years of age was the man upon whom had been done this sign of the healing.
whereupon the Church fleeth to prayer.
Acts 4:23 And being let go, they went unto their own friends, and declared whatever the chief priests and the elders said unto them, Acts 4:24 and they having heard, with one accord did lift up the voice unto God, and said, 'Lord, thou [art] God, who didst make the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and all that [are] in them, Acts 4:25 who, through the mouth of David thy servant, did say, Why did nations rage, and peoples meditate vain things? Acts 4:26 the kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against His Christ; Acts 4:27 for gathered together of a truth against Thy holy child Jesus, whom Thou didst anoint, were both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with nations and peoples of Israel, Acts 4:28 to do whatever Thy hand and Thy counsel did determine before to come to pass. Acts 4:29 'And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings, and grant to Thy servants with all freedom to speak Thy word, Acts 4:30 in the stretching forth of Thy hand, for healing, and signs, and wonders, to come to pass through the name of Thy holy child Jesus.'
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 they having prayed, the place was shaken in which they were gathered together, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and were speaking the word of God with freedom, Acts 4:32 and of the multitude of those who did believe the heart and the soul was one, and not one was saying that anything of the things he had was his own, but all things were to them in common. Acts 4:33 And with great power were the apostles giving the testimony to the rising again of the Lord Jesus, great grace also was on them all, Acts 4:34 for there was not any one among them who did lack, for as many as were possessors of fields, or houses, selling [them], were bringing the prices of the thing sold, Acts 4:35 and were laying them at the feet of the apostles, and distribution was being made to each according as any one had need. Acts 4:36 And Joses, who was surnamed by the apostles Barnabaswhich is, having been interpreted, Son of Comforta Levite, of Cyprus by birth, Acts 4:37 a field being his, having sold [it], brought the money and laid [it] at the feet of the apostles.