Acts 5:3

“But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But Peter said, Ananias, Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the holy Ghost, and to keepe backe part of the price of the land?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back {some} of the price of the land?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thy heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back `part' of the price of the land?
- American Standard Version (1901)

But Peter said, Ananias, why has the Evil One put it into your heart to be false to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
- Basic English Bible

But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled thy heart that thou shouldest lie to the Holy Spirit, and put aside for thyself a part of the price of the estate?
- Darby Bible

But Peter said, Ananias, Why hath Satan filled thy heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
- Webster's Bible

Ananias, said Peter, "why has Satan taken possession of your heart, that you should try to deceive the Holy Spirit and dishonestly keep back part of the price paid you for this land?
- Weymouth Bible

But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
- World English Bible

And Petre seide to hym, Anany, whi hath Sathanas temptid thin herte, that thou lye to the Hooli Goost, and to defraude of the prijs of the feeld?
- Wycliffe Bible

And Peter said, `Ananias, wherefore did the Adversary fill thy heart, for thee to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back of the price of the place?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 5:3


5:3 To lie to the Holy Ghost - Who is in us. And to keep back - Here was the first instance of it. This was the first attempt to bring propriety of goods into the Christian Church.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 5:3


Ac 5:3,4 To lie to the Holy Spirit. The sin is here pointed out. The lie was not to men, but to God. The apostles were moved by the Holy Spirit. These verses show clearly that (1) the sin was hypocrisy and deception in the name of religion, and (2) that the gifts of goods were purely voluntary.

Discussion for Acts 5

  • Bruce
    The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have Persecuted Me, they will also Persecute You;if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also. John 15:20./ Persecution will come to a Born-again Believer when they Preach The Way of Salvation. In the Last Days there'll be rockers: Jude:18./Ye Shall be Hated of all---: He that shall endure unto The End,---Shall be Saved. Mark 13:13
  • BSP
    Even though the apostles had been flogged and persecuted, verse 42 shows that they did not give up. This is a great example of endurance for us.
  • Maria Morales
    Verse 30-31The God of our fathers has raised up Jesus to be a Prince and Savior to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 5:20 GO STAND AND SPEAK IN THE TEMPLE TO THE PEOPLE ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LIFE 1 TIMOTHY 4:13 TILL I COME GIVE ATTENDANCE TO READING TO EXHORTATION TO DOCTRINE LUKE 4:4 AND JESUS ANSWERED HIM SAYING IT IS WRITTEN THAT MAN SHALL --- NOT LIVE --- BY BREAD ALONE BUT BY EVERY WORD OF GOD 1 TIMOTHY 5:20 THEM THAT SIN REBUKE BEFORE ALL THAT OTHERS ALSO MAY FEAR
  • Irene123
    Acts 5:39 - I thank Jesus He could use Gamaliel. He wasn't saved, and neither was Cyrus, King of Persia, but God used him in the rebuilding of the Temple. What a merciful, Glorious God we serve. He doesn't use these people because they are 'good', i.e. living for Him); He uses them for His people's benefit. He uses them for His own Glory.
  • Irene123
    It was good to hear from you. Yes, our song leader loves the new songs, and very seldom uses the old ones. But, oh my! does he love the Lord! To get us 'going' in the song service, he almost preaches.' C'mon saints; lift Him up, praise him'! And that does it - every time. And as we sing the voices get stronger and stronger! The tears just run from my eyes; I love Him so. 'Amazing Grace' is sung.

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