“And kept backe part of the price, his wife also being priuy to it, and brought a certaine part, and layd it at the Apostles feete.”
1611 King James Version (KJV)
5:2 And bringing a certain part - As if it had been the whole: perhaps saying it was so.
Ac 5:2 Kept back [part] of the price. Like many others, of their own accord they sold a possession for the benefit of the church. They were not compelled to sell it, or when sold to give the money, or to give all. Their sin was not withholding a part, but lying about it. (1) They gave from the wrong motives, not for the Lord, but for human praise. (2) There was hypocrisy and falsehood. His wife also being privy [to it]. Hence equally guilty. There was a guilty conspiracy between them. Brought a certain part. Pretending it was all. His was a deliberate, public lie.