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Atos 5

Ananias e Safira

11/2 Houve, também, um homem chamado Ananias que, com sua mulher Safira, vendeu uns bens que tinha e só entregou parte do dinheiro, dizendo no entanto que era o seu preço total; isto, com a cumplicidade da mulher.

Mas Pedro disse­lhe: “Ananias, porque Satanás entrou no teu coração? Quando disseste que este era o preço inteiro, estavas a mentir ao Espírito Santo. A propriedade que tinhas podias vendê­la ou não, conforme quisesses. E, depois de a vender, o dinheiro era teu. Como pudeste fazer uma coisa destas? Não foi a nós que mentiste, mas a Deus.”

5/6 Ao ouvir estas palavras, Ananias caiu morto no chão! Toda a gente que soube disto ficou atemorizada. Então alguns jovens cobriram­no com um lençol e levaram­no para o enterrar.

7/8 Passadas cerca de três horas, chegou a mulher, que não sabia do sucedido. Pedro perguntou­lhe: “Foi por este preço assim e assim que venderam o vosso terreno?”

“Sim, foi”, respondeu­lhe ela.

E Pedro disse: “Como pudestes então, tu e o teu marido, fazer uma coisa destas para enganar o Espírito Santo? Olha, ali mesmo à porta estão os jovens que foram enterrar o teu marido e que te vão levar a ti também.”

10/11 Imediatamente tombou morta por terra; os mesmos jovens entraram e, vendo que tinha morrido, levaram­na e enterraram­na ao lado do marido. Um grande temor se apossou da igreja inteira e de todos os que souberam do caso.

Os apóstolos curam muitos doentes

12/13 Entretanto, os apóstolos faziam muitos e notáveis milagres e maravilhas entre o povo. E os crentes reuniam­se regularmente no templo, no local conhecido pelo Alpendre de Salomão. Ninguém mais se atrevia a juntar­se a eles, mas o povo tinha­os na maior consideração. 14 E cada vez mais pessoas criam no Senhor — uma multidão de homens e mulheres. 15 Como resultado do trabalho dos apóstolos, chegavam a levar os doentes para a rua deitados em camas ou esteiras, para que ao menos a sombra de Pedro lhes tocasse quando o apóstolo passava por ali! 16 E também dos arredores de Jerusalém vinham gentes que traziam os enfermos e os possessos pelos demónios, e todos eram curados.

Os apóstolos são perseguidos

17/18 O supremo sacerdote, mais os seus amigos, que eram saduceus, sentiram tanta inveja que acabaram por prender os apóstolos, metendo­os na prisão. 19/20 De noite, porém, veio um anjo do Senhor que, abrindo os portões da cadeia e trazendo os presos para a rua, lhes disse: “Vão para o templo e preguem ao povo tudo acerca desta vida nova.” 21 Rompia já a manhã quando chegaram ao templo, e logo começaram a ensinar.

Entretanto o supremo sacerdote e a sua comitiva chegaram também ao templo e, reunindo o conselho judaico juntamente com os ansiãos do povo, mandaram que os apóstolos fossem trazidos da prisão a fim de serem julgados. 22 Mas, quando os guardas chegaram ao cárcere, os presos já lá não estavam, pelo que, regressando ao conselho, disseram: 23 “As portas da prisão estavam fechadas e os guardas vigiavam no exterior, mas, quando abrimos os portões, não havia ninguém lá dentro!”

24 Ao ouvirem isto, o chefe da guarda e os principais dos sacerdotes ficaram perplexos sem saberem o que acontecera, nem no que tudo aquilo iria dar. 25 Depois chegou alguém com a notícia que os homens que haviam metido na prisão se encontravam ali mesmo, no templo, ensinando o povo! 26 O comandante da guarda foi então com os seus oficiais e prendeu­os, mas sem violência, pois receavam que o povo os matasse se maltratassem os discípulos; 27 e assim os levaram à presença do conselho.

28 “Não vos dissemos que nunca mais falassem nesse tal Jesus?”, perguntou o supremo sacerdote. “Em vez disso, encheram toda a Jerusalém com o vosso ensino, e pretendem lançar sobre nós a culpa da morte desse homem!”

29 Mas Pedro e os apóstolos responderam: “Devemos obedecer mais a Deus do que aos homens. 30 O Deus dos nossos antepassados trouxe Jesus de novo à vida após o terem morto, pendurando­o numa cruz. 31 Depois, com enorme poder, Deus glorificou­o, dando­lhe o lugar de honra, à sua mão direita, como Príncipe e Salvador, para que o povo de Israel tivesse uma oportunidade de arrependimento e de perdão para os seus pecados. 32 Somos testemunhas destas coisas, como o é também o Espírito Santo dado por Deus a todos quantos lhe obedecem.”

33/36 Ao ouvir estas palavras, o conselho ficou encolerizado e resolveu matá­los. Mas um dos membros, um fariseu chamado Gamaliel, muito entendido em leis religiosas e muito popular entre o povo, levantou­se e pediu que mandassem os apóstolos sair da sala por um pouco. Disse então: “Homens de Israel, cuidado, vejam bem o que vão fazer com estas pessoas! Há algum tempo apareceu esse tal Teudas, que se julgava indivíduo importante. Juntaram­se­lhe cerca de quatrocentos partidários, mas acabou por ser morto, e os que o seguiram foram facilmente dispersos. 37 Depois dele, na altura do recenseamento, apareceu Judas da Galileia, que arrastou atrás de si uns discípulos, mas também morreu e os seus seguidores foram igualmente dispersos.

38 Por isso o que vos aconselho é que deixem estes homens em paz. Se o que ensinam e fazem é só deles, em breve desaparecerão. 39 Mas, se for obra de Deus, não poderão impedi­los, não vá acontecer vocês acabarem por lutar contra o próprio Deus.”

40 O conselho aceitou esta opinião e, chamados os apóstolos, mandou­os açoitar e disse­lhes que nunca mais falassem no nome de Jesus, deixando­os finalmente ir­se embora. 41 Os apóstolos saíram da sala do conselho, contentes por Deus os ter considerado dignos de sofrer desonra pelo seu nome. 42 E todos os dias, no templo e de casa em casa, continuaram a ensinar e a pregar que Jesus era o Cristo.

New International Reader's Version

Acts 5

Ananias and Sapphira

1A man named Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, also sold some land. He kept part of the money for himself. Sapphira knew he had kept it. He brought the rest of it and put it down at the apostles’ feet.

Then Peter said, “Ananias, why did you let Satan fill your heart? He made you lie to the Holy Spirit. You have kept some of the money you received for the land. Didn’t the land belong to you before it was sold? After it was sold, you could have used the money as you wished. What made you think of doing such a thing? You haven’t lied just to people. You’ve also lied to God.”

When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. All who heard what had happened were filled with fear. Some young men came and wrapped up his body. They carried him out and buried him.

About three hours later, the wife of Ananias came in. She didn’t know what had happened. Peter asked her, “Tell me. Is this the price you and Ananias sold the land for?”

“Yes,” she said. “That’s the price.”

Peter asked her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! You can hear the steps of the men who buried your husband. They are at the door. They will carry you out also.”

10 At that moment she fell down at Peter’s feet and died. Then the young men came in. They saw that Sapphira was dead. So they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 The whole church and all who heard about these things were filled with fear.

The Apostles Heal Many People

12 The apostles did many signs and wonders among the people. All the believers used to meet together at Solomon’s Porch. 13 No outsider dared to join them. But the people thought highly of them. 14 More and more men and women believed in the Lord. They joined the other believers. 15 So people brought those who were sick into the streets. They placed them on beds and mats. They hoped that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he walked by. 16 Crowds even gathered from the towns around Jerusalem. They brought their sick people. They also brought those who were suffering because of evil spirits. All of them were healed.

The Apostles Are Treated Badly

17 The high priest and all his companions were Sadducees. They were very jealous of the apostles. 18 So they arrested them and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord came. He opened the doors of the jail and brought the apostles out. 20 “Go! Stand in the temple courtyard,” the angel said. “Tell the people all about this new life.”

21 Early the next day they did as they had been told. They entered the temple courtyard. There they began to teach the people.

The high priest and his companions arrived. They called the Sanhedrin together. The Sanhedrin was a gathering of all the elders of Israel. They sent for the apostles who were in jail. 22 The officers arrived at the jail. But they didn’t find the apostles there. So they went back and reported it. 23 “We found the jail locked up tight,” they said. “The guards were standing at the doors. But when we opened the doors, we didn’t find anyone inside.” 24 When the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard this report, they were bewildered. They wondered what would happen next.

25 Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courtyard. They are teaching the people.” 26 So the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles back. But they didn’t use force. They were afraid the people would kill them by throwing stones at them.

27 They brought the apostles to the Sanhedrin. The high priest questioned them. 28 “We gave you clear orders not to teach in Jesus’ name,” he said. “But you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching. You want to make us guilty of this man’s death.”

29 Peter and the other apostles replied, “We must obey God instead of people! 30 You had Jesus killed by nailing him to a cross. But the God of our people raised Jesus from the dead. 31 Now Jesus is Prince and Savior. God has proved this by giving Jesus a place of honor with him. He did it to turn Israel away from their sins and forgive them. 32 We are telling people about these things. And so is the Holy Spirit. God has given the Spirit to those who obey him.”

33 When the leaders heard this, they became very angry. They wanted to put the apostles to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel stood up in the Sanhedrin. He was a teacher of the law. He was honored by all the people. He ordered the apostles to be taken outside for a little while. 35 Then Gamaliel spoke to the Sanhedrin. “Men of Israel,” he said, “think carefully about what you plan to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared. He claimed he was really somebody. About 400 people followed him. But he was killed. All his followers were scattered. So they accomplished nothing. 37 After this, Judas from Galilee came along. This was in the days when the Romans made a list of all the people. Judas led a gang of men against the Romans. He too was killed. All his followers were scattered. 38 So let me give you some advice. Leave these men alone! Let them go! If their plans and actions only come from people, they will fail. 39 But if their plans come from God, you won’t be able to stop these men. You will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

40 His speech won the leaders over. They called the apostles in and had them whipped. The leaders ordered them not to speak in Jesus’ name. Then they let the apostles go.

41 The apostles were full of joy as they left the Sanhedrin. They considered it an honor to suffer shame for the name of Jesus. 42 Every day they taught in the temple courtyards and from house to house. They never stopped telling people the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.