1) Then a certain man, Ananias by name,
with Sapphira the wife of him,
bartered and sold a (land) possession - a property;
2) But set apart and separated - embezzled
from the price --
knowing together and aware of it also, the wife of him --
and bearing up and carrying / bringing
a certain part near to the feet of the Apostles,
set - laid (it down).
3) Then said Peter,
'Ananias, on what account (has) the Satan - the Adversary
filled the heart of you to cheat and defraud the Holy
and to set apart and embezzle from the price of the
parcel of ground?
4) Was it certainly not (that while it was)
remaining - abiding - staying to you
(that it could thus) remain - stay - and be trafficked -
sold beyond (in other lands)
(in your power to do or not do as you wished?
What cause was there that put this
matter - deed - action in the heart of you?
Certainly not you lied to men,
but to GOD.'
5) Then, intently hearing these intelligent words,
Ananias fell down and breathed out [his last breath]
(as being already dead) /
and expired - and died (instantly)
[before his body even collapsed where he stood and hit the ground].
And came into being great terrifying fear upon all those
intently hearing - listening to these things.
6) Then, the new men rising up,
they set and wrapped him up;
and carrying out - bearing forth,
performed funeral rites - buried (him).
7) Then it came into being
about 3 hours interval separately:
and the wife of him perhaps not knowing
that happening - occurring entered.
8) Then Peter answered her,
'Tell me, if (of a certainty) so much [was the amount of]
the parcel - field of land,
[and if it was the amount]
from what you gave over?'
Then she said,
'Certainly Yes. (Of a certainty) So much.'
9) Then Peter said to her,
'Why (was it) that in unison it was agreed with you to
[distrustingly - doubtingly]
tempt - test - try
the Spirit of YHVeH - the Spirit of (the) LORD?
Behold, look and see!
The feet of those performing funeral rites - burying
the husband of you (are) upon / at the door,
and they will carry and bear you out.'
10) Then, at that very moment - on the spot,
she immediately fell down near the feet of him,
and breathed out [her last breath]
(as being already dead) /
and expired - and died (instantly)
[before her body even collapsed where she stood and hit the ground].
Then the new men
[likely new converts and between the ages of 13 - 25 is both meant]
found her (as) a corpse - found her dead.
And carrying and bearing (her) out,
gave her funeral rites - buried her
up to and alongside with the husband of her.
11) And came into being great terrifying fear
upon all the Ekklesian - the Called Out Ones - the Church,
and upon all those hearing and listening intently
(to) these things.
12) Then through the hands of the Apostles
happened miraculous signs and wonders - amazing miracles
(that were watched and remembered)
in the many people,
and were beyond opinion as with one passion
all in the porch of Solomon.
13) Then of the remaining - (those) left,
certainly no one dared - ventured - had boldness or courage
to associate or adhere (as glue) to them;
but the people made them great with praise - [acts of
favors of] kindness - mercy [towards them]
(all the more).
14) Then were the believing - trusting ones added
up to and alongside with,
to (the) LORD,
throngs - fullness (of peoples) - multitudes,
both men and women.
15) So that down against and in the Plateias / the (traveled)
broad way / the outer darkness
[inclusive of forked or adjoining valleys used for travel]
to bear up and carry out the
without strength - weak - powerless - infirmed - sick,
and to set - lay - place upon
(transportable) beds - cots
[many perhaps similar to our two man military medical stretchers
for temporary single individual transport using two poles
with short stands and made of canvas or skins between]
and [thin roll-up individual] mattresses
[often made of skins such as sheep with the wool attached, or of
thick blankets, likely about the size and thickness of a closed
sleeping bag , but a little wider -- thought to be about 3 - 3 1/2
feet in width, and the variable length slightly longer than
the individual owner's height]
in order that Peter coming,
if but the (shade of his) shadow (might) shade
upon one - upon someone of them.
16) Then came together - assembled also
the multitude - fullness (of people) - throng
of the roundabout - of the surrounding cities
carrying - bearing
without strength - weak - powerless - infirmed - sick (ones)
and those harassed - tormented under
crowds - mobs of unclean spirits:
anyone who - whosoever [came],
all were waited upon and (miraculously) healed.
17) Then standing up, the First Priest - the High Priest
and all those with him,
which is the Heresy - Sect of the Sadducees,
were filled with
grievous zeal - grievous fervor - hot envy with anger;
18) And threw their hands upon the Apostles,
and set - lay - placed them in custody
[under guard and bound up or fastened as in chains]
19) Then an angel of (the) LORD through the night
open opened the doors of the prison
and leading / bringing them out,
20) 'Go away and pass / run through.
Stand fast - continue standing,
and speak at random in the Temple to the people
all the words (of the teaching - precepts - doctrines)
21) Then, having intently heard this,
they entered the Temple beneath the dawn
and Taught - Instructed - Tutored.
Then having come to, and those with him,
the First Priest - the High Priest summoned together
the Sanhedrin and all the old ones of the Sons of Israel.
And they sent forth into the binding place - the prison
to be led and brought (to) them.
22) Then the subordinate attendants having arrived,
certainly did not find them by search or inquiry
in the prison.
Then, having turned again - having returned,
they reported - announced - declared,
23) laying down definite words, saying,
'That indeed we found the binding place - the prison
having been closed closed / having been shut in (completely)
in all safety with firmness and certainly secure
[beyond all doubt]
and guards - keepers - sentinels outside
standing up to and alongside of the doors.
Then, having open opened,
we found no one within.'
24) Then so as in what manner or way both the Sacred Priest
and the Strategos - Commander of the Temple
and the first priests - chief priests
listening intently heard these words,
they were pierced through in not knowing how to proceed
or act, hesitating, doubting, without resource as to make a
determination (or conclusion)
[the missing Apostles who were supposed to be their
bound and securely shut in prisoners]
(and) what might become of this.
25) Then one announced - declared - reported to them,
laying down definite words saying,
'Behold, look and see! Because the men whom you
set - put - lay - placed in the prison
are standing in the Temple,
and Teaching - Instructing the people!'
26) Then at that time, departing - going,
the Strategos - the Commander
with the subordinate attendants brought them;
certainly not with strength - force - violence,
in order that they be not stoned,
because they (with a fright so as to run away)
feared the people.
[Note: Generally, the Commander and his subordinate attendants / officers would have been facing on average well over 10,000 and as many as 20,000 non-holiday sons of Israel in the confines of the Courts and porticos of the Temple Mount. It was usual that 30,000 people and more were found inside the Courts and porticos themselves as normal traffic around the major holidays.
On top of the minimum number of 10,000 during the non-holidays, for decades more there would yet be as many as 9,000 more of the 18,000 artisans and various laborers on day shift working on the Temple's Courts and outer perimeter and other various related on-site construction projects, (cf. Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 20.9.7), who would have left large piles of very convenient ready to grab stones of various throwable sizes, for the Strategos and his subordinates to also worry about .]
27) Then bringing - leading them forth,
they were set and stood in the Sanhedrin.
And the First Priest - And the High Priest
(after the manner as to an equal) asked - interrogated them,
28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. (KJV)
28) laying down definite words, saying,
'Did we certainly not by a Proclamation of command
that you may not Teach - Instruct upon this Name?
And behold, look and see! You have filled Jerusalem
to the full of the Teaching - Instruction of you,
and willingly wish - desire and intend by an inward bent
to lead - carry - bring upon us
[cf. LXX Greek of Genesis 20:9, Exodus 34:7 where it
also means "to make us accountable / answerable to"]
the blood of this man.'
29) Then Peter and the Apostles discerningly said,
'It is right, proper, and necessary as by duty,
to submit to and obey the authority of GOD
rather than men.'
30) The GOD of the fathers of us
raised up and set upright
[set upright as easily as waking from sleep and standing upright]
Yeshua - Jesus,
who you laid hands upon and handled
(to kill - slay - put to death)
to suspend and hang upon wood.
31) This One, (the) Originator - First Cause - Author
and Savior, GOD exalted - lifted up - elevated
(brought into the heights)
to the right side - to the right hand of Him
to (of His own good will and accord) give
a change in the midst of the mind and how one thinks /
repentance to Israel,
and forgiveness - remission of sins.
32) And we are of Him martyrs - witnesses of these
sayings - teachings - doctrines - precepts
and the Holy Spirit then,
whom GOD (of His own good will and accord)
gave to those submitting to His authority and
33) Then those hearing and listening intently (were) cut through
(as if deeply by a saw)
and took counsel - deliberation
to take away - abolish - publicly slay or execute them.
34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
34) Then one in the Sanhedrin standing up,
by name Gamaliel, a Pharisee, a law teacher
valued as precious and prized - held in high honor and esteem
by all the people
shouted a command to send forth the Apostles outside
(for) a short time - (for) a little while.
35) And he said up to and alongside with them,
have - hold - possess up alongside with yourselves /
take heed / hold (the) course with yourselves
[do not commit a stray judgment / in judging do not sin]
what you are about to do - what you intend to do
upon these men.
36) Because / For before these days Theudas stood up,
laying down definite words, saying himself to be
a certain one - a certain someone,
to whom were joined as companions - followers
a number of men, as if 400,
who were taken up (and executed);
and all, as many as were persuaded and convinced
(and had obeyed) him were separated and loosed -
dispersed and broken up
and came into nothing.
37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. (KJV)
37) After this, again stood Judas the Galilean,
in the days of the writing down - enrolling - registration,
and removed from standing in place / drew away
sufficient enough people behind him.
That one (was) wholly destroyed - perished entirely,
and all, as many as were persuaded and convinced
(and had obeyed) him were scattered abroad and dispersed
(like chaff thrown into the wind).
38) And at now - And at the present,
I lay down definite words and say to you,
Stand away from these men, and permit - allow them
because (conditionally) if
this will - purpose - intention or
this work performance - act - deed be of men,
it will be (utterly) loosed /
it will fall apart and be (completely) destroyed.
39) Then (hypothetically) if
it is out of / from GOD,
you will certainly not be able - capable - empowered
to (utterly) loose / take it apart and (completely) destroy it,
lest at anytime you be found out as
strivers - fighters - physical opponents in battle with GOD.'
40) Then they were persuaded and convinced and obeyed him.
And having called - summoned forth up alongside with
(themselves) the Apostles,
and beaten them to the removing and flaying of skin:
[Note: Greek is unclear whether whips or rods used upon the
Apostles, as both methods or either alone could have been used.]
to the side, they passed on a declarative announcement
that they may not speak at random upon the Name of Yeshua -
upon the Name of Jesus,
and unbound - loosed - released them.
41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
41) They [the Apostles] thereupon indeed passed through
and went away gladly rejoicing from (the) face of the
Sanhedrin, because that over and on behalf of the Name
of Him, they were thought of and deemed as worthy
to be abused and dishonored.
42) And all day in the Temple and (in) every / each house
they certainly did not make an end - did not rest - did not cease
Teaching - Instructing
and preaching the Gospel / proclaiming the Good News:
Jesus the Christ - Yeshua HaMesshiach
[Jesus (is) the Messiah].