Acts 5:22-42 American Standard Version

22  But the officers that came found them not in the prison; and they returned, and told, 23  saying, The prison-house we found shut in all safety, and the keepers standing at the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within. 24  Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were much perplexed concerning them whereunto this would grow. 25  And there came one and told them, Behold, the men whom ye put in the prison are in the temple standing and teaching the people.

26  Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them, [but] without violence; for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. 27  And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28  saying, We strictly charged you not to teach in this name: and behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. 29  But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men. 30  The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew, hanging him on a tree. 31  Him did God exalt with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins. 32  And we are witnesses of these things; and [so is] the Holy Spirit, whom God hath given to them that obey him. 33  But they, when they heard this, were cut to the heart, and minded to slay them. 34  But there stood up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in honor of all the people, and commanded to put the men forth a little while. 35  And he said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves as touching these men, what ye are about to do. 36  For before these days rose up Theudas, giving himself out to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were dispersed, and came to nought. 37  After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the enrolment, and drew away [some of the] people after him: he also perished; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered abroad. 38  And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will be overthrown: 39  but if it is of God, ye will not be able to overthrow them; lest haply ye be found even to be fighting against God. 40  And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles unto them, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41  They therefore departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name. 42  And every day, in the temple and at home, they ceased not to teach and to preach Jesus [as] the Christ.

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