Acts 4:1-22 American Standard Version

Peter and John before the Council

4 1  And as they spake unto the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2  being sore troubled because they taught the people, and proclaimed in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3  And they laid hands on them, and put them in ward unto the morrow: for it was now eventide. 4  But many of them that heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

5  And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; 6  and Annas the high priest [was there], and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest. 7  And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, By what power, or in what name, have ye done this? 8  Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders, 9  if we this day are examined concerning a good deed done to an impotent man, by what means this man is made whole; 10  be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, [even] in him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11  He is the stone which was set at nought of you the builders, which was made the head of the corner. 12  And in none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved. 13  Now when they beheld the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 14  And seeing the man that was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

15  But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16  saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been wrought through them, is manifest to all that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. 17  But that it spread no further among the people, let us threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. 18  And they called them, and charged them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19  But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to hearken unto you rather than unto God, judge ye: 20  for we cannot but speak the things which we saw and heard. 21  And they, when they had further threatened them, let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people; for all men glorified God for that which was done. 22  For the man was more than forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was wrought.

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