Acts 5:1-16- Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
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Ananias and Sapphira
5 1There was a man named Ananias. His wife's name was Sapphira. Ananias sold some
land that he had. 2But he gave only part of the money to the apostles.* He secretly
kept some of the money for himself. His wife knew this, and she agreed with it.
3Peter said, "Ananias, why did you let Satan (the devil) rule your heart? You lied
and tried to deceive (fool) the Holy Spirit.* You sold your field, but why did you
keep part of the money for yourself? 4Before you sold the field, it belonged to
you. And even after you sold it, you could have used the money any way you wanted.
Why did you think of doing this bad thing? You lied to God, not to us men!" 5-6When
Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. Some young men came and wrapped his body.
They carried it out and buried it. And every person that heard about this was filled
with fear. 7About three hours later his wife (Sapphira) came in. Sapphira did not
know about this thing that had happened to her husband. 8Peter said to her, "Tell
me how much money you got for your field. Was it this much (the amount Ananias had
said)?" Sapphira answered, "Yes, that was all we got for the field." 9Peter said
to her, "Why did you and your husband agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen!
Do you hear those footsteps? The men that buried your husband are at the door! They
will carry you out in the same way." 10At that moment Sapphira fell down by his
feet and died. The young men came in and saw that she was dead. The men carried
her out and buried her beside her husband. 11All the believers and all the other
people that heard about these things were filled with fear.
Proofs from God
12The apostles* did many miracles* and powerful things. All the people saw these
things. The apostles were together in Solomon's Porch* ; they all had the same
purpose. 13None of the other people felt worthy to stand with them. All the people
were saying good things about the apostles. 14And more and more people believed
in the Lord (Jesus)--many men and women were added to the group of believers. 15So
the people brought their sick people into the streets. [The people heard that] Peter
was coming by. So the people put their sick on little beds and mattresses. They
thought that if the sick people could be close enough for Peter's shadow to touch
them, it would be enough to heal them. 16People came from all the towns around Jerusalem.
They brought their sick people and those that were bothered by evil spirits [from
the devil]. All of these people were healed.
Footnotes: apostles The men Jesus chose to be his special helpers. Spirit, Holy
Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined
with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world. miracle(s) Miracles
are amazing works done by God's power. Solomon's Porch An area on the east side
of the temple. It was covered by a roof.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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