Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 4:23-37
—Verse by verse

A verse by verse study of Acts 4:23-37, which describes the disciples’ prayer and encouragement after Peter and John’s release from custody.

Acts 4

The disciples’ prayer and encouragement after Peter and John’s release

Verse 23

¶ "After their release, they went to their own, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them." (Acts 4:23).

Verses 24-26

¶ "Upon hearing Peter and John’s report, the people raised their voice to God with one accord. They prayed, 'O Master, you are God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them. By the mouth of your servant David you said, Why do the nations rage and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand and the rulers gathered against the Lord, and against his Christ.' " (Acts 4:24-26).

Verses 27-28

¶ " 'For truly in this city, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the nations and the people of Israel, were gathered against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed. They did whatever your hand and your counsel predetermined should happen.' " (Acts 4:27-28).

Verses 29-30

¶ " 'Now Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word very boldly. Stretch out your hand to heal; may signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.' " (Acts 4:29-30).

Verse 31

¶ "When they had prayed, their gathering place was shaken. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit; and they boldly spoke the word of God." (Acts 4:31).

Verses 32-33

¶ "The multitude of believers was of one heart and soul. None of them said of their properties, 'This is my own', rather they shared everything. With great power, the apostles testified of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Great grace was on them all." (Acts 4:32-33).

Verses 34-37

¶ "Neither did anyone among them lack, for all who owned land or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds, and laid them at the apostles’ feet. Distribution was made as anyone had need. For instance there was Joses, whom the apostles called Barnabas which means Son of Encouragement. He was a Levite, born in Cyprus. He owned a field; sold it; brought the money; and laid it at the apostles’ feet." (Acts 4:34-37).

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