THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

The Acts of the Apostles (Author Luke)

3:1¤ Now Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour of prayer.

3:2And a certain man who was lame from his mother's womb was carried: whom they laid every day at the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful, that he might ask alms of them that went into the temple.

3:3He, when he had seen Peter and John, about to go into the temple, asked to receive an alms.

3:4But Peter with John, fastening his eyes upon him, said: Look upon us.

3:5But he looked earnestly upon them, hoping that he should receive something of them.

3:6But Peter said: Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, I give thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, arise and walk.

3:7And taking him by the right hand, he lifted him up: and forthwith his feet and soles received strength.

3:8And he leaping up, stood and walked and went in with them into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God.

3:9And all the people saw him walking and praising God.

3:10And they knew him, that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to him.

3:11And as he held Peter and John, all the people ran to them, to the porch which is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.

3:12But Peter seeing, made answer to the people: Ye men of Israel, why wonder you at this? Or why look you upon us, as if by our strength or power we had made this man to walk?

3:13The God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus, whom you indeed delivered up and denied before the face of Pilate, when he judged he should be released.

3:14But you denied the Holy One and the Just: and desired a murderer to be granted unto you.

3:15But the author of life you killed, whom God hath raised from the dead: of which we are witnesses.

3:16And in the faith of his name, this man, whom you have seen and known, hath his name strengthened. And the faith which is by him hath given this perfect soundness in the sight of you all.

3:17And now, brethren, I know that you did it through ignorance: as did also your rulers.

3:18But those things which God before had shewed by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.

3:19Be penitent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. That when the times of refreshment shall come from the presence of the Lord,

3:20And he shall send him who hath been preached unto you, Jesus Christ.

3:21Whom heaven indeed must receive, until the times of the restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of his holy prophets, from the beginning of the world.

3:22For Moses said: A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me: him you shall hear according to all things whatsoever he shall speak to you.

3:23And it shall be, that every soul which will not hear that prophet shall be destroyed from among the people.

3:24And all the prophets, from Samuel and afterwards, who have spoken, have told of these days.

3:25You are the children of the prophets and of the testament which God made to our fathers, saying to Abraham: And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.

3:26To you first, God, raising up his Son, hath sent him to bless you: that every one may convert himself from his wickedness.

4:1¤ And as they were speaking to the people the priests and the officer of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them,

4:2Being grieved that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead:

4:3And they laid hands upon them and put them in hold till the next day: for it was now evening.

4:4But many of them who had heard the word believed: and the number of the men was made five thousand.

4:5And it came to pass on the morrow, that their princes and ancients and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem.

4:6And Annas the high priest and Caiphas and John and Alexander: and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest.

4:7And setting them in the midst, they asked: By what power or by what name, have you done this?

4:8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them: Ye princes of the people and ancients, hear.

4:9If we this day are examined concerning the good deed done to the infirm man, by what means he hath been made whole:

4:10Be it known to you all and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him, this man standeth here before you, whole.

4:11This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner.

4:12Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.

4:13Now seeing the constancy of Peter and of John, understanding that they were illiterate and ignorant men, they wondered: and they knew them that they had been with Jesus.

4:14Seeing the man also who had been healed, standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

4:15But they commanded them to go aside out of the council: and they conferred among themselves,

4:16Saying: What shall we do to these men? For indeed a miracle hath been done by them, known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. It is manifest: and we cannot deny it.

4:17But that it may be no farther spread among the people, let us threaten them that they speak no more in this name to any man.

4:18And calling them, they charged them not to speak at all, nor teach in the name of Jesus.

4:19But Peter and John answering, said to them: If it be just, in the sight of God, to hear you rather than God, judge ye.

4:20For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

4:21But they, threatening, sent them away, not finding how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified what had been done, in that which had come to pass.

4:22For the man was above forty years old, in whom that miraculous cure had been wrought.

4:23And being let go, they came to their own company and related all that the chief priests and ancients had said to them.

4:24Who having heard it, with one accord lifted up their voice to God and said: Lord, thou art he that didst make heaven and earth, the sea and all things that are in them.

4:25Who, by the Holy Ghost, by the mouth of our father David, thy servant, hast said: Why did the Gentiles rage: and the people meditate vain things?

4:26The kings of the earth stood up: and the princes assembled together against the Lord and his Christ.

4:27For of a truth there assembled together in this city against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel,

4:28To do what thy hand and thy counsel decreed to be done.

4:29And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants that with all confidence they may speak thy word,

4:30By stretching forth thy hand to cures and signs and wonders, to be done by the name of thy holy Son, Jesus.

4:31And when they had prayed, the place was moved wherein they were assembled: and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost: and they spoke the word of God with confidence.

4:32And the multitude of believers had but one heart and one soul. Neither did any one say that aught of the things which he possessed was his own: but all things were common unto them.

4:33And with great power did the Apostles give testimony of the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord: and great grace was in them all.

4:34For neither was there any one needy among them. For as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the price of the things they sold,

4:35And laid it down before the feet of the apostles. And distribution was made to every one, according as he had need.

4:36And Joseph, who, by the apostles, was surnamed Barnabas (which is, by interpretation, The son of consolation), a Levite, a Cyprian born,

4:37Having land, sold it and brought the price and laid it at the feet of the Apostles.

5:1¤ But a certain man named Ananias, with Saphira his wife, sold a piece of land,

5:2And by fraud kept back part of the price of the land, his wife being privy thereunto: and bringing a certain part of it, laid it at the feet of the apostles.

5:3But Peter said: Ananias, why hath Satan tempted thy heart, that thou shouldst lie to the Holy Ghost and by fraud keep part of the price of the land?

5:4Whilst it remained, did it not remain to thee? And after it was sold, was it not in thy power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thy heart? Thou hast not lied to men, but to God.

5:5And Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and gave up the ghost. And there came great fear upon all that heard it.

5:6And the young men rising up, removed him, and carrying him out, buried him.

5:7And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in.

5:8And Peter said to her: Tell me, woman, whether you sold the land for so much? And she said: Yea, for so much.

5:9And Peter said unto her: Why have you agreed together to tempt the spirit of the Lord? Behold the feet of them who have buried thy husband are at the door: and they shall carry thee out,

5:10Immediately, she fell down before his feet and gave up the ghost. And the young men coming in found her dead: and carried her out and buried her by her husband.

5:11And there came great fear upon the whole church and upon all that heard these things.

5:12And 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.

5:13But of the rest no man durst join himself unto them: but the people magnified them.

5:14And the multitude of men and women who believed in the Lord was more increased:

5:15Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that, when Peter came, his shadow at the least might overshadow any of them and they might be delivered from their infirmities.

5:16And there came also together to Jerusalem a multitude out of the neighbouring cities, bringing sick persons and such as were troubled with unclean spirits: who were all healed.

5:17Then the high priest rising up, and all they that were with him (which is the heresy of the Sadducees) were filled with envy.

5:18And they laid hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison.

5:19But an angel of the Lord by night, opening the doors of the prison and leading them out, said:

5:20Go, and standing speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.

5:21Who having heard this, early in the morning, entered into the temple and taught. And the high priest coming, and they that were with him, called together the council and all the ancients of the children of Israel: and they sent to the prison to have them brought.

5:22But when the ministers came and opening the prison found them not there, they returned and told,

5:23Saying: The prison indeed we found shut with all diligence, and the keepers standing before the doors: but opening it, we found no man within.

5:24Now when the officer of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were in doubt concerning them, what would come to pass.

5:25But one came and told them: Behold, the men whom you put in prison are in the temple, standing and teaching the people.

5:26Then went the officer with the ministers and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned.

5:27And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them,

5:28Saying: Commanding, we commanded you that you should not teach in this name. And behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine: and you have a mind to bring the blood of this man upon us.

5:29But Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God rather than men.

5:30The God of our fathers hath raised up Jesus, whom you put to death, hanging him upon a tree.

5:31Him hath God exalted with his right hand, to be Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and remission of sins.

5:32And we are witnesses of these things: and the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to all that obey him.

5:33When they had heard these things, they were cut to the heart: and they thought to put them to death.

5:34But one in the council rising up, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, respected by all the people, commanded the men to be put forth a little while.

5:35And he said to them: Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do, as touching these men.

5:36For before these days rose up Theodas, affirming himself to be somebody, to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves. Who was slain: and all that believed him were scattered and brought to nothing.

5:37After this man, rose up Judas of Galilee, in the days of the enrolling, and drew away the people after him. He also perished: and all, even as many as consented to him, were dispersed.

5:38And now, therefore, I say to you: Refrain from these men and let them alone. For if this council or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

5:39But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it, lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God.

5:40And they consented to him. And calling in the apostles, after they had scourged them, they charged them that they should not speak at all in the name of Jesus. And they dismissed them.

5:41And they indeed went from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were accounted worthy to suffer reproach for the name of Jesus.

5:42And every day they ceased not, in the temple and from house to house, to teach and preach Christ Jesus.



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