The Book of Acts – Chapter 4܀ ܦܪܟܣܣ ܕܫܠܝ̈ܚܐ ܀
1 And while they were speaking these words to the people, the priests and the Sadducees and the rulers of the temple rose up against them;
2 being angry with them, that they taught the people, and preached a resurrection from the dead by the Messiah.
3 And they laid hands on them, and kept them until the next day; because evening was drawing near.
4 And many who had heard the word, believed; and they were, in number, about five thousand men.
5 And the next day, the rulers and the Elders and the Scribes assembled;
6 and also Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and they who were of the kindred of the high priests.
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they interrogated them:
By what power or what name, have ye done this ?
8 Then Simon Cephas was filled with the Holy Spirit, and said to them:
Ye rulers of the people, and Elders of the house of Israel, hear ye.
9 If we are judged by you this day, respecting the good deed done to the infirm man, by what means he was healed;
10 be it known to you, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Messiah the Nazarean, whom ye crucified, and whom God hath raised from the dead, lo, by him, doth this [man] stand here before you recovered.
11 This is the stone, which ye builders rejected; and it hath become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there deliverance in any other; for there is not another name under heaven, which is given to men, whereby to live.
13 And when they heard the speech of Simon and John, which they pronounced confidently, they reflected that these were unlearned and plebeian men, and they were surprised at them, and recognized them as having been conversant with Jesus.
14 And they saw that the lame man, who had been healed, stood near them; and they could say nothing to confront them.
15 Then they commanded to remove them from the presence of the council; and said one to another:
16 What shall we do to these men?
For lo, that a manifest sign hath been wrought by them, is known to all that reside at Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
17 But that the fame of it spread no further, let us interdict their speaking any more to any man in this name.
18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak nor to teach at all in the name of Jesus.
19 Simon Cephas and John answered, and said to them:
Whether it be right before God, that we hearken to you more than to God, judge ye.
20 For we cannot but speak that which we have seen and heard.
21 And they threatened them, and dismissed them.
For they found no ground for punishing them, because of the people: for every one praised God for what had been done;
22 for the man, on whom this sign of healing had been wrought, was more than forty years old.
23 And when they were dismissed, they went to their brethren, and told them all that the priests and Elders had said.
24 And they, when they heard [it], unitedly lifted up their voice to God and said:
Lord, thou art God, who hast made heaven, and earth, and seas, and every thing in them.
25 And it is thou who hast said, by the Holy Spirit in the mouth of David thy servant:
Why do the nations rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
26 The kings of the earth and the potentates stood up, and they consulted together, against the Lord, and against his anointed.
27 For, in reality, against thy holy Son Jesus whom thou hast anointed, Herod and Pilate, with the Gentiles and the congregation of Israel, have been combined together in this city,
28 to do whatever thy hand and thy pleasure previously marked out to be done.
29 And also now, Lord, behold and see their menaces:
and grant to thy servants, that they may proclaim thy word boldly,
30 while thou extendest thy hand for cures and prodigies, to be done in the name of thy holy Son Jesus.
31 And when they had prayed and made supplications, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and spoke the word of God boldly.
32 And in the assembly of the persons that believed, there was one soul, and one mind:
and no one of them said, of the property he possessed, that it was his own; but whatever was theirs, it was the community’s.
33 And with great power, the legates testified to the resurrection of Jesus Messiah:
and great grace was with them all.
34 And no one among them was destitute; for those who possessed lands or houses, sold, and brought the price of what was sold,
35 and placed [it] at the feet of the legates; and distribution was made to every one, as he had need.
36 And Joseph, who by the legates was surnamed Barnabas, (which is interpreted Son of Consolation,) a Levite of the country of Cyprus,
37 had a field:
and he sold it, and brought the price of it, and laid [it] before the feet of the legates.
2 Maccabees 11 KJVA
1 Not long after the, Lysias the king’s protector and cousin, who also managed the affairs, took sore displeasure for the things that were done. 2 And when he had gathered about fourscore thousand with all the horsemen, he came against the Jews, thinking to make the city an habitation of the Gentiles, 3 And to make a gain of the temple, as of the other chapels of the heathen, and to set the high priesthood to sale every year: 4 Not at all considering the power of God but puffed up with his ten thousands of footmen, and his thousands of horsemen, and his fourscore elephants. 5 So he came to Judea, and drew near to Bethsura, which was a strong town, but distant from Jerusalem about five furlongs, and he laid sore siege unto it. 6 Now when they that were with Maccabeus heard that he besieged the holds, they and all the people with lamentation and tears besought the Lord that he would send a good angel to deliver Israel. 7 Then Maccabeus himself first of all took weapons, exhorting the other that they would jeopard themselves together with him to help their brethren: so they went forth together with a willing mind. 8 And as they were at Jerusalem, there appeared before them on horseback one in white clothing, shaking his armour of gold. 9 Then they praised the merciful God all together, and took heart, insomuch that they were ready not only to fight with men, but with most cruel beasts, and to pierce through walls of iron. 10 Thus they marched forward in their armour, having an helper from heaven: for the Lord was merciful unto them 11 And giving a charge upon their enemies like lions, they slew eleven thousand footmen, and sixteen hundred horsemen, and put all the other to flight. 12 Many of them also being wounded escaped naked; and Lysias himself fled away shamefully, and so escaped. 13 Who, as he was a man of understanding, casting with himself what loss he had had, and considering that the Hebrews could not be overcome, because the Almighty God helped them, he sent unto them, 14 And persuaded them to agree to all reasonable conditions, and promised that he would persuade the king that he must needs be a friend unto them. 15 Then Maccabeus consented to all that Lysias desired, being careful of the common good; and whatsoever Maccabeus wrote unto Lysias concerning the Jews, the king granted it. 16 For there were letters written unto the Jews from Lysias to this effect: Lysias unto the people of the Jews sendeth greeting: 17 John and Absalon, who were sent from you, delivered me the petition subscribed, and made request for the performance of the contents thereof. 18 Therefore what things soever were meet to be reported to the king, I have declared them, and he hath granted as much as might be. 19 And if then ye will keep yourselves loyal to the state, hereafter also will I endeavour to be a means of your good. 20 But of the particulars I have given order both to these and the other that came from me, to commune with you. 21 Fare ye well. The hundred and eight and fortieth year, the four and twentieth day of the month Dioscorinthius. 22 Now the king’s letter contained these words: King Antiochus unto his brother Lysias sendeth greeting: 23 Since our father is translated unto the gods, our will is, that they that are in our realm live quietly, that every one may attend upon his own affairs. 24 We understand also that the Jews would not consent to our father, for to be brought unto the custom of the Gentiles, but had rather keep their own manner of living: for the which cause they require of us, that we should suffer them to live after their own laws. 25 Wherefore our mind is, that this nation shall be in rest, and we have determined to restore them their temple, that they may live according to the customs of their forefathers. 26 Thou shalt do well therefore to send unto them, and grant them peace, that when they are certified of our mind, they may be of good comfort, and ever go cheerfully about their own affairs. 27 And the letter of the king unto the nation of the Jews was after this manner: King Antiochus sendeth greeting unto the council, and the rest of the Jews: 28 If ye fare well, we have our desire; we are also in good health. 29 Menelaus declared unto us, that your desire was to return home, and to follow your own business: 30 Wherefore they that will depart shall have safe conduct till the thirtieth day of Xanthicus with security. 31 And the Jews shall use their own kind of meats and laws, as before; and none of them any manner of ways shall be molested for things ignorantly done. 32 I have sent also Menelaus, that he may comfort you. 33 Fare ye well. In the hundred forty and eighth year, and the fifteenth day of the month Xanthicus. 34 The Romans also sent unto them a letter containing these words: Quintus Memmius and Titus Manlius, ambassadors of the Romans, send greeting unto the people of the Jews. 35 Whatsoever Lysias the king’s cousin hath granted, therewith we also are well pleased. 36 But touching such things as he judged to be referred to the king, after ye have advised thereof, send one forthwith, that we may declare as it is convenient for you: for we are now going to Antioch. 37 Therefore send some with speed, that we may know what is your mind. 38 Farewell. This hundred and eight and fortieth year, the fifteenth day of the month Xanthicus.
2 Maccabees 11 KJVA