The Bible in Its Traditions

Acts of the Apostles 5:1–11

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But a certain man named Ananias, together with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.

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And he kept back for himself from the price, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and placed it beside the feet of the apostles.

and kept back [part] of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles` feet.

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But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart [for] you to lie to the Holy Spirit, and [for ]you to keep back for yourself from the price of the land?

But Peter said: “Ananias, why has Satan tempted your heart, so that you would lie to the Holy Spirit and be deceitful about the price of the land?

And Simon Peter said to him, An-a-niÆas, why has Satan so filled your heart that you should lie to the Holy Spirit and hide part of the money of the price of the field?

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While it remained unsold, did it not remain yours? And after it was sold, was it not in your control? Why have you purposed this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."

Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

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Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and died. And great fear came upon all those who heard of it.

And Ananias hearing these words fell down and gave up the ghost: and great fear came upon all that heard it.

And when An-a-niÆas heard these words, he fell down and died; and great fear came upon all of those who heard these things.

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And the young men rose up and covered him up, carried him out, and buried him.

The younger men among them arose, and moved his body aside. Then they took him out and buried him.

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And it happened about three hours later, that his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in.

Three hours later his wife also came in, not knowing what had happened.

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And Peter said to her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?"She said, "Yes, for so much."

And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much. And she said, Yea, for so much.

Simon Peter said to her, Tell me if you sold the field for this price? She said, Yea, for this price.

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Then Peter said to her, "Why is it that it was agreed by you to tempt the Spirit of YHWH? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they shall carry you out [as well]."

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10  Then immediately she fell down beside his feet and died. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her with her husband.

10  And in that very hour she fell down at their feet and died, and the young men came in and found her dead, and they picked her up and carried her away and buried her by the side of her husband.

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11  And great fear came to be on all the church and upon all those who were hearing these things.

11  And a great fear came over the entire Church and over all who heard these things.