Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 4:1-22
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 4:1-22. These verses describe how the religious rulers of Jerusalem tried to stop Peter and John from preaching after the healing of the man born lame.

Acts 4

Peter and John Arrested

Verses 1-3

¶ "As they spoke to the people, the priests came over to them with the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees —very annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. They arrested them, and because it was evening by now, they put them in custody until the next day." (Acts 4:1-3).

Verse 4

¶ "But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number, counting the men alone, grew to about five thousand." (Acts 4:4).

Verses 5-7

¶ "In the morning a gathering took place in Jerusalem of their rulers, elders, and scribes. Annas the high priest was there, with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and a full contingent of the high priest’s family. They stood Peter and John in the center of the council, and put to them the question, 'By what power, or in what name, have you done this?' " (Acts 4:5-7).

Verses 8-10

¶ "Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, 'Rulers of the people, and elders of Israel: if we are examined today about a good deed done to a crippled man, and if the question is how this man has been healed; be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead —in him this man stands here before you in perfect health.' " (Acts 4:8-10).

Verses 11-12

¶ " 'This Jesus is the stone that you, the builders, rejected. He has now become the head stone of the corner. There is salvation in nobody else —nor under heaven is there given among men any other name but this by which we must be saved' " (Acts 4:11-12).

Verses 13-14

¶ "When they saw the confidence of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. They recognized that these men had been with Jesus. Furthermore, seeing the man who was healed standing with them, they were without an argument." (Acts 4:13-14).

Verse 15-17

¶ "However, they commanded the prisoners to wait outside and leave the council to confer in private. The council then said, 'What shall we do to these men? Because indeed a notable miracle has been done through them. This can be plainly seen by all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But so that this spreads no further among the people, let us warn them, that from now on they speak to nobody in this name.' " (Acts 4:15-17).

Verses 18-20

¶ "The council recalled the prisoners, and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, 'Whether it is right in God’s sight to listen to you instead of to God, you judge for yourselves. As for us, we can't stop telling the things which we saw and heard.' " (Acts 4:18-20).

Verse 21-22

¶ "When the council had further threatened the prisoners, they let them go, finding no way to punish them. The people were the problem: everyone glorified God for the deed that was done. The man on whom this miracle of healing was performed was more than forty years old." (Acts 4:21-22).

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