But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,…
The word Ananias means "grace of God"; and the word Sapphira signifies just "a sapphire," the familiar jewel of brilliance and beauty. We should suppose these two people had an unusually bright prospect in the outset. Somebody there was who loved them enough to give them very fine names when they were little. Ananias lied; then it was that "the grace of God" went out of him for ever. Sapphira lied; when a woman loses the truth, it is as if the last light went out of a sapphire.
(C. S. Robinson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,