Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 5:1-16
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 5:1-16. These verses describe the lie told by Ananias and Sapphira, and the miracles done through the apostles’ hands.

Miracles by the Apostles.

Acts 5:1-10 (Ananias and Sapphira)

¶“1One man, named Ananias, along with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. 2He pocketed part of the proceeds, and his wife knew this. He brought the rest and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3But Peter said, 'Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to secretly pocket part of the price of the land? 4While you kept your land, didn't it remain your own? Even after you sold it, the proceeds were under your control, weren't they? How could you let the thought of this pretence enter your heart? You haven't lied to men; you've lied to God.' ” (Acts 5:1-4).

¶“5When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. (Great fear came on all who heard of this event.) 6The young men arose; wrapped up Ananias; carried him out; and buried him.” (Acts 5:5-6).

¶“7About three hours later, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in. 8Peter questioned her, 'Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.' She said, 'Yes, for so much.'  9But Peter asked her, 'How could you agree together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, those who have buried your husband are standing at the door, and they will carry you out too.' 10She suddenly dropped at his feet and died. The young men came in and found her dead, so they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.” (Acts 5:7-10).

1 Ananias and Sapphira’s Deceit

Verses 1-2

¶ "One man, named Ananias, along with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. He pocketed part of the proceeds, and his wife knew this. He brought the rest and laid it at the apostles’ feet." (Acts 5:1-2).

Verses 3-4

¶ "But Peter said, 'Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to secretly pocket part of the price of the land? While you kept your land, didn't it remain your own? Even after you sold it, the proceeds were under your control, weren't they? How could you let the thought of this pretence enter your heart? You haven't lied to men; you've lied to God.' " (Acts 5:3-4).

2 Ananias and Sapphira’s Decease

Verses 5-6

¶ "When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. (Great fear came on all who heard of this event.) The young men arose; wrapped up Ananias; carried him out; and buried him." (Acts 5:5-6).

Verses 7-10

¶ "About three hours later, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in. Peter answered her, 'Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.' She said, 'Yes, for so much.'  But Peter asked her, 'How could you agree together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.' She suddenly dropped at his feet and died. The young men came in and found her dead, so they carried her out and buried her beside her husband." (Acts 5:7-10).

Acts 5:11-16

¶“11Great fear came on the whole church, and on all who heard about these events. 12By the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. They were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. 13None of the others dared to join them, however the people honored them. 14More believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.” (Acts 5:11-14).

¶“15People even carried out the sick into the streets on stretchers or small beds. They hoped that as Peter came by, at the least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16Large crowds also came together from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by foul spirits. They were all cured.” (Acts 5:15-16).

3 Ananias and Sapphira’s Bequest

Ananias and Saphira thought they would make a donation to the poor, and by deceit take more credit for it than they deserved. As it turned out, all they got was sudden death. However they inadvertently left a legacy worth more than the money that gave temporary relief to the needy. The example Peter made of them had a marked and lasting effect on the strength and growth of the whole congregation.

Verses 11-14

¶ "Great fear came on the whole church, and on all who heard about these events. By the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. They were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. None of the others dared to join them, however the people honored them. More believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women." (Acts 5:11-14).

Verses 15-16

¶ "People even carried out the sick into the streets on stretchers or small beds. They hoped that as Peter came by, at the least his shadow might fall on some of them. Large crowds also came together from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by foul spirits. They were all cured." (Acts 5:15-16).

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