Acts 5:17-42 - Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
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The Jews Try to Stop the Apostles
17The high priest* and all his friends (a group called the Sadducees* ) became very
jealous. 18They grabbed the apostles* and put them in jail. 19But during the night,
an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail. The angel led the apostles outside
and said, 20"Go and stand in the temple* yard. Tell the people everything about
this new life [in Jesus]." 21When the apostles heard this, they obeyed and went
to the temple area. It was early in the morning. The apostles began to teach the
people. The high priest* and his friends came [to the temple* ]. They called a
meeting of the Jewish leaders and all the important older men of the Jews. They
sent some men to the jail to bring the apostles* to them. 22When the men went to
the jail, they could not find the apostles there. So they went back and told the
Jewish leaders about this. 23The men said, "The jail was closed and locked. The
guards were standing at the doors. But when we opened the doors, the jail was empty!"
24The captain of the temple guards and the leading priests heard this. They were
confused. They wondered, "What will happen because of this?" 25Then another man
came and told them, "Listen! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple
yard. They are teaching the people!" 26Then the captain and his men went out and
brought the apostles back. But the soldiers did not use force, because they were
afraid of the people. The soldiers were afraid that the people would [become angry
and] kill them (the soldiers) with rocks. 27The soldiers brought the apostles* to
the meeting and made them stand before the Jewish leaders. The high priest* questioned
the apostles. 28He said, "We told you never to teach about this man (Jesus)! But
look what you have done! You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching. You are
trying to make us responsible (guilty) for the death of this man (Jesus)." 29Peter
and the other apostles* answered, "We must obey God, not you! 30You killed Jesus.
You hung him on a cross. But God, the same God our fathers* had, raised Jesus up
from death! 31Jesus is the One that God raised to his right side. God made Jesus
our Leader and Savior. God did this so that all Jews can change their hearts and
lives. Then God can forgive their sins. 32We saw all these things happen, and we
can say these things are true. The Holy Spirit* also shows that these things are
true. God has given the Spirit to all people that obey him." 33The Jewish leaders
heard these words. They became very angry. They began to plan a way to kill the
apostles.* 34One of the Pharisees* in the meeting stood up. His name was Gamaliel.
He was a teacher of the law, and all the people respected him. He told the men to
make the apostles leave the meeting for a few minutes. 35Then he said to them, "Men
of Israel, be careful of what you are planning to do to these men! 36Remember when
Theudas appeared? He said that he was an important man. About 400 men joined him.
But he was killed. And all who followed him were scattered and ran away. They were
able to do nothing. 37Later, a man named Judas came from Galilee. It was at the
time of the registration.* He led a group of followers, too. He was also killed.
And all his followers were scattered and ran away. 38And so now I tell you: Stay
away from these men. Leave them alone. If their plan comes from men, it will fail.
39But if this is from God, then you will not be able to stop them. You might even
be fighting against God himself!" The Jewish leaders agreed with the thing that
Gamaliel said. 40They called the apostles* in again. They beat the apostles and
told them not to talk to people about Jesus again. Then they let the apostles go
free. 41The apostles left the meeting. The apostles were happy because they were
given the honor of suffering dishonor (shame) for the name [of Jesus]. 42The apostles
did not stop teaching people. The apostles continued to tell the people the Good
News--that Jesus is the Christ.* They did this every day in the temple* yard and
in people's homes.
Footnotes: high priest The most important Jewish priest and leader. Sadducees A
leading Jewish religious group. They accepted only the first five books of the Old
Testament. They believed that people don't live again after death. apostles The
men Jesus chose to be his special helpers. temple The special building in Jerusalem
for Jewish worship. father(s) Important ancestors of the Jews; the leaders of the
twelve Jewish family groups. 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. Pharisees The Pharisees were a Jewish religious
group that claimed to follow carefully all Jewish laws and customs. registration
A census or counting of all the people and the things they own. Christ The "anointed
one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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