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Acts 5

 

 

Introduction
1After that Ananias and Sapphira his wife for their hypocrisy, at Peter's rebuke had fallen down dead;
12and that the rest of the apostles had wrought many miracles;
14to the increase of the faith;
17the apostles are again imprisoned;
19but delivered by an angel bidding them preach openly to all;
21when, after their teaching accordingly in the temple,
29and before the council,
33they are in danger to be killed; but through the advice of Gamaliel, a great counsellor among the Jews, they are kept alive, and are only beaten;
41for which they glorify God, and cease no day from preaching.

Verse 1
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
Cir
A.M. 4038. A.D. 34.
Leviticus 10:1-3; Joshua 6:1; Matthew 13:47,48; John 6:37; 2 Timothy 2:20

Verse 2
And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
kept
Joshua 7:11,12; 2 Kings 5:21-25; Malachi 1:14; 3:8,9; John 12:6; 1 Timothy 6:10; 2 Peter 2:14,15
his
laid
4:34,35,37; Matthew 6:2,3; 23:5; Philippians 2:3

Verse 3
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
why
Genesis 3:13-17; 1 Kings 22:21,22; 1 Chronicles 21:1-3; Matthew 4:3-11; 13:19; Luke 22:3; John 13:2,27; Ephesians 6:11-16; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9-11
lie to
or, deceive.
9; Job 22:13; Psalms 94:7-9; Isaiah 29:15; Jeremiah 23:24; Hosea 11:12
to keep
Numbers 30:2; Deuteronomy 23:21; Proverbs 20:25; Ecclesiastes 5:4; Romans 2:21,22

Verse 4
Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
was it not thine
Exodus 35:21,22,29; 1 Chronicles 29:3,5,9,17; 1 Corinthians 8:8; 9:5-17; Philemon 1:14
why
8:21,22; Joshua 7:25,26; Job 15:35; Psalms 7:14; Isaiah 59:4; Ezekiel 38:10; *marg:; James 1:15
thou hast
3; Exodus 16:8; Numbers 16:11; 1 Samuel 8:7; 2 Kings 5:25-27; Psalms 139:4; Luke 10:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:8

Verse 5
And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
hearing
10,11; 13:11; Numbers 16:26-33; 2 Kings 1:10-14; 2:24; Jeremiah 5:14; 1 Corinthians 4:21; 2 Corinthians 10:2-6; 13:2,10; Revelation 11:5
great
11,13; 2:43; Leviticus 10:3; Numbers 16:34; 17:12,13; Deuteronomy 13:11; 21:21; Joshua 22:20; 1 Samuel 6:19-21; 1 Chronicles 13:12; 15:13; Psalms 64:9; 119:120; 2 Corinthians 7:11; Revelation 11:13

Verse 6
And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
Leviticus 10:4-6; Deuteronomy 21:23; 2 Samuel 18:17; John 19:40

Verse 9
Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
How
Genesis 3:9-13; Luke 16:2; Romans 3:19
have
23:20-22; Deuteronomy 13:6-8; Proverbs 11:21; 16:5; Psalms 50:18; Micah 7:3
to tempt
3,4; Exodus 17:2,7; Numbers 14:22; Psalms 78:18-20,40,41,56; 95:8-11; Matthew 4:7; 1 Corinthians 10:9
the feet
6; 2 Kings 6:32; Romans 10:15

Verse 10
Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
fell

Verse 11
And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
5; 19:17; Psalms 89:7; Jeremiah 32:40; 1 Corinthians 10:11,12; Philippians 2:12; Hebrews 4:1; 11:7; Hebrews 12:15,28; 1 Peter 1:17; Revelation 15:4

Verse 12
And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.
by
2:43; 3:6,7; 4:30,33; 9:33,40; 14:3,8-10; 16:18; 19:11; Mark 16:17,18; Mark 16:20; Romans 15:19; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:4
they
1:14; 2:42,46; 4:32
in
3:11; John 10:23

Verse 13
And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.
of
5; Numbers 17:12,13; 24:8-10; 1 Samuel 16:4,5; 1 Kings 17:18; Isaiah 33:14; Luke 12:1,2; Luke 14:26-35; John 9:22; 12:42; 19:38; 2 Peter 2:20-22
but
2:47; 4:21; 19:17; Luke 19:37,38,48

Verse 14
And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
believers
2:41,47; 4:4; 6:7; 9:31,35,42; Isaiah 44:3-5; 45:24; 55:11-13
multitudes
8:3,12; 9:2; 22:4; Exodus 35:22; Deuteronomy 29:11,12; 31:11,12; 2 Samuel 6:19; Ezra 10:1; Nehemiah 8:2; 1 Corinthians 11:11,12; Galatians 3:28

Verse 15
Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. 16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
they brought
19:11,12; Matthew 9:21; 14:36; John 14:12
into the streets
or, in every street.

Verse 16
Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. 16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
bringing
Matthew 4:24; 8:16; 15:30,31; Mark 2:3,4; 6:54-56; John 14:12
healed
4:30; Mark 16:17,18; Luke 5:17; 9:11; 1 Corinthians 12:9; James 5:16

Verse 17
Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,
the high
4:26; Psalms 2:1-3; John 11:47-49; 12:10,19
all
4:1,2,6; 23:6-8
indignation
or, envy.
7:9; 13:45; 17:5; 1 Samuel 18:12-16; Job 5:2; Proverbs 14:30; 27:4; Ecclesiastes 4:4; Matthew 27:18; Galatians 5:21; James 3:14-16; 4:5; 1 Peter 2:1

Verse 18
And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
4:3; 8:3; 12:5-7; 16:23-27; Luke 21:12; 2 Corinthians 11:23; Hebrews 11:36; Revelation 2:10

Verse 19
But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,
12:7-11; 16:26; Psalms 34:7; 105:17-20; 146:7; Isaiah 61:1

Verse 20
Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
stand
Isaiah 58:1; Jeremiah 7:2; 19:14,15; 20:2,3; 22:1,2; 26:2; 36:10; Matthew 21:23; John 18:20
all
11:14; Exodus 24:3; John 6:63,68; 12:50; 17:3,8; 1 John 1:1-3; 5:11,12

Verse 21
And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
entered
25; Luke 21:37,38; John 8:2
But
17,24; 4:5,6; 22:2,3,15; Luke 22:66; John 18:35
senate
Psalms 105:22
sent
4:7; 12:18,19

Verse 23
Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.
The prison
19; Psalms 2:4; 33:10; Proverbs 21:30; Lamentations 3:37,55-58; Daniel 3:11-25; 6:22-24; Matthew 27:63-66; 28:12-15; John 8:59

Verse 24
Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.
the captain
26; 4:1; Luke 22:4,52
they
2:12; 4:16,17,21; John 11:47,48; 12:19
this
Isaiah 9:7; 53:1,2; Daniel 2:34,35,44,45; Zechariah 6:12,13; Mark 4:30-32

Verse 25
Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.
Behold

Verse 26
Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.
they
13; Matthew 14:5; 21:26; 26:5; Luke 20:6,19; 22:2

Verse 27
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
set
4:7; 6:12; 22:30; 23:1; Luke 22:66

Verse 28
Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
Did not
40; 4:18-21
intend
2:23-36; 3:15; 4:10,11; 7:52; 1 Kings 18:17,18; 21:20; 22:8; Jeremiah 38:4; Amos 7:10
blood
Jeremiah 26:15; Matthew 21:44; 23:35,36; 27:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:15,16

Verse 29
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
We
4:19; Genesis 3:17; 1 Samuel 15:24; Mark 7:7-9; Revelation 14:8-12

Verse 30
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
God
3:13-15; 22:14; 1 Chronicles 12:17; 29:18; Ezra 7:27; Luke 1:55,72
raised
3:26; 13:33
ye slew
2:22-24,32; 4:10,11; 10:39; 13:28; Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 2:24

Verse 31
Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
hath
2:33,36; 4:11; Psalms 89:19,24; 110:1,2; Ezekiel 17:24; Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 2:10; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22
a Prince
3:15; Psalms 2:6-12; Isaiah 9:6; Ezekiel 34:24; 37:25; Daniel 9:25; 10:21; Revelation 1:5
a Saviour
13:23; Isaiah 43:3,11; 45:21; 49:26; Matthew 1:21; Luke 2:11; Philippians 3:20; Titus 1:4; Titus 2:10,13; 3:4-6; 2 Peter 1:1,11; 2:20; 3:18; 1 John 4:14; Jude 1:25
to give
3:26; 11:18; Jeremiah 31:31-33; Ezekiel 36:25-38; Zechariah 12:10; Luke 24:47; Romans 11:26,27; 2 Timothy 2:25,26
forgiveness
3:19; 13:38,39; Mark 2:10; 4:12; John 20:21-23; 2 Corinthians 2:10; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14

Verse 32
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
are
29; 1:8; 2:32; 10:39-41; 13:31; Luke 24:47,48; John 15:27; 2 Corinthians 13:1; Hebrews 2:3
and so
John 15:26; 16:7-14; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Peter 1:12
whom
2:4,38,39; 10:44; John 7:39

Verse 33
When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.
they
2:37; 7:54; 22:22; Luke 4:28,29; 6:11; 11:50-54; 19:45-48; 20:19
took
9:23; Genesis 4:5-8; Psalms 37:12-15,32,33; 64:2-8; Matthew 10:21,25; 23:34,35; Matthew 24:9; John 15:20; 16:2

Verse 34
Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
stood
23:7-9; Psalms 76:10; John 7:50-53
Gamaliel
22:3
a doctor
Luke 2:46; 5:17
and commanded
4:15

Verse 35
And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.
take
19:36; 22:26; Jeremiah 26:19; Matthew 27:19

Verse 36
For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
boasting
8:9; Matthew 24:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-7; 2 Peter 2:18; Jude 1:16; Revelation 17:3,5
to whom
21:38; 2 Peter 2:2
obeyed
or, believed.
Matthew 24:26

Verse 37
After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
Judas
Luke 2:1; 13:1
he also
Job 20:5-9; Psalms 7:14,15; 9:15,16; Matthew 26:52; Luke 13:1,2

Verse 38
And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
Refrain
35; John 11:48
for
Nehemiah 4:15; Job 5:12-14; Psalms 33:10,11; Proverbs 21:30; Isaiah 7:5-7; 8:9,10; Isaiah 14:25; Lamentations 3:37; Matthew 15:13; 1 Corinthians 1:26-28; 3:19

Verse 39
But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
if
6:10; Genesis 24:50; 2 Samuel 5:2; 1 Kings 12:24; Job 34:29; Isaiah 43:13; 46:10; Daniel 4:35; Matthew 16:18; Luke 21:15; 1 Corinthians 1:25; Revelation 17:12-14
to fight
7:51; 9:5; 23:9; Exodus 10:3-7; 2 Kings 19:22; Job 15:25-27; 40:9-14; Isaiah 45:9; 1 Corinthians 10:22

Verse 40
And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
when
4:18
beaten
Proverbs 12:10; Matthew 10:17; 23:34; Mark 13:9; Luke 20:10; John 19:1-4; 2 Corinthians 11:24
they commanded
28; 4:17-21; Isaiah 30:10; Amos 2:12; Micah 2:6

Verse 41
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
rejoicing
16:23-25; Isaiah 61:10; 65:14; 66:5; Matthew 5:10-12; Luke 6:22; Romans 5:3; 2 Corinthians 12:10; Philippians 1:29; Hebrews 10:34; James 1:2; 1 Peter 4:13-16
shame
Hebrews 12:2

Verse 42
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
daily
20,21; 2:46; 3:1,2-10; Luke 21:37; 22:53; 2 Timothy 4:2
in
20:20
they
4:20,29; 2 Samuel 6:22; Romans 1:15,16; Galatians 6:14
preach
8:5,35; 9:20; 17:3; 1 Corinthians 2:2; Ephesians 4:20,21

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Acts 5:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/acts-5.html.

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