New International Version

Acts 4

Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin

1The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’[a]

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

The Believers Pray

23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:

“‘Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
against the Lord
    and against his anointed one.[b][c]

27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

The Believers Share Their Possessions

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

Footnotes

  1. Acts 4:11 Psalm 118:22
  2. Acts 4:26 That is, Messiah or Christ
  3. Acts 4:26 Psalm 2:1,2

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

使徒行傳 4

唯一的救主

1彼得和約翰向百姓講道的時候,祭司、聖殿護衛長和撒都該人趕來了。 因為彼得和約翰宣講藉著耶穌死人可以復活,他們非常惱怒, 下令拘捕二人,因天色已晚,就把他們扣押了一夜。 但有許多聽道的人信了,男人的數目約有五千人。

第二天,官長、長老和律法教師都聚集在耶路撒冷, 大祭司亞那,以及該亞法、約翰、亞歷山大和大祭司的許多親族都在場。 他們令使徒站在當中,質問道:「你們憑什麼權柄、以誰的名義這樣做?」

那時彼得被聖靈充滿,對他們說:「各位百姓的官長和長老啊, 如果因為那殘疾的乞丐得到醫治這件善事,你們今天來查問我們他是如何痊癒的, 10 那麼,你們和所有以色列人都應當知道,他能健康地站在你們面前,全是靠拿撒勒人耶穌基督的名!你們把祂釘在十字架上,但上帝使祂從死裡復活了。

11 『祂是你們工匠丟棄的石頭,
已成了房角石。』

12 除祂以外,別無救主,因為普天之下沒有賜下別的名我們可以靠著得救!」

13 在場的人看到彼得和約翰的膽量,又知道他們原是沒有學問的平民百姓,都很驚奇。他們認出這些人跟隨過耶穌, 14 又見那被醫好的瘸子站在他們旁邊,便無話可說, 15 只好暫時把他們押下去,然後彼此商量說: 16 「我們該怎樣處置這兩個人呢?整個耶路撒冷的居民都知道他們行了一個神蹟,我們無法否認。 17 為了避免這件事傳得更廣,我們必須警告他們以後不許再對任何人傳講耶穌的事。」

18 於是,他們又把使徒傳來,嚴令他們不許再奉耶穌的名講論或傳道。 19 但彼得和約翰答道:「要我們聽從你們而不聽從上帝,這在上帝看來合理嗎?你們自己想想吧。 20 我們耳聞目睹的,不能不說!」 21 官長實在不知道如何懲治使徒,只好再三恐嚇之後把他們放了,因為百姓都為這個神蹟讚美上帝。 22 在這次神蹟中蒙上帝醫治的那個人已經四十多歲了。

同心禱告

23 彼得和約翰被釋放之後,就去找其他信徒,把祭司長和長老的話都告訴大家。 24 大家聽後,一同高聲向上帝禱告說:「主啊,你創造了天地、海洋和其中的萬物。 25 你藉著聖靈感動你的僕人——我們的祖先大衛說,

『列國為何咆哮?
萬民為何枉費心機?
26 世上的君王一同行動,官長聚集起來,
要抵擋主和祂所膏立的王。』

27 「果然如此,希律和本丟·彼拉多、外族人和以色列人都聚集在這城裡,要對抗你膏立的聖子[a]耶穌, 28 然而他們所做的只不過是你憑自己的能力和旨意所預定的。 29 主啊,你看他們這樣恐嚇我們,求你幫助你的奴僕們坦然無懼地傳你的道。 30 求你伸出手醫治疾病,藉著你聖子耶穌的名行神蹟奇事。」

31 禱告完後,聚會的地方震動起來,他們都被聖靈充滿,放膽傳揚上帝的道。

共用一切

32 當時所有信徒都同心合意,共用所有的東西,沒有人說他的財物只屬於自己。 33 使徒充滿能力,繼續為主耶穌復活的事做見證,上帝也賜下極大的恩典給眾人。 34 信徒都一無所缺,因為大家賣掉房屋田產,把所得的錢交給使徒, 35 照各人的需要分配給各人。

36 有個生在塞浦路斯的利未人名叫約瑟,使徒叫他巴拿巴,意思是勸慰者。 37 他賣掉自己的一塊田,把賣得的錢交給了使徒。

Footnotes

  1. 4·27 聖子」或譯「聖僕」。