Acts 5:22-42 Darby’s Translation

22  And when the officers were come, they did not find them in the prison; and returned and reported 23  saying, We found the prison shut with all security, and the keepers standing at the doors; but when we had opened [them], within we found no one. 24  And when they heard these words, both the priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests were in perplexity as to them, what this would come to. 25  And some one coming reported to them, Lo, the men whom ye put in the prison are in the temple, standing and teaching the people.

26  Then the captain, having gone with the officers, brought them, not with violence, for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. 27  And they bring them and set them in the council. And the high priest asked them, 28  saying, We strictly enjoined you not to teach in this name: and lo, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and purpose to bring upon us the blood of this man. 29  But Peter answering, and the apostles, said, God must be obeyed rather than men. 30  The God of our fathers has raised up Jesus, whom ye have slain, having hanged on a cross. 31  Him has God exalted by his right hand as leader and saviour, to give repentance to Israel and remission of sins. 32  And we are [his] witnesses of these things, and the Holy Spirit also, which God has given to those that obey him. 33  But they, when they heard [these things], were cut to the heart, and took counsel to kill them. 34  But a certain [man], a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, held in honour of all the people, rose up in the council, and commanded to put the men out for a short while, 35  and said to them, Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves as regards these men what ye are going to do; 36  for before these days Theudas rose up, alleging himself to be somebody, to whom a number of men, about four hundred, were joined; who was slain, and all, as many as obeyed him, were dispersed and came to nothing. 37  After him rose Judas the Galilean in the days of the census, and drew away [a number of] people after him; and he perished, and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered abroad. 38  And now I say to you, Withdraw from these men and let them alone, for if this counsel or this work have its origin from men, it will be destroyed; 39  but if it be from God, ye will not be able to put them down, lest ye be found also fighters against God. 40  And they listened to his advice; and having called the apostles, they beat them, and enjoined them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them. 41  They therefore went their way from [the] presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to be dishonoured for the name. 42  And every day, in the temple and in the houses, they ceased not teaching and announcing the glad tidings that Jesus [was] the Christ.


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