Bible: Acts 4:1-20

The Arrest and Trial of Peter and John

4:1 While Peter and John 1  were speaking to the people, the priests and the commander 2  of the temple guard 3  and the Sadducees 4  came up 5  to them, 4:2 angry 6  because they were teaching the people and announcing 7  in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 4:3 So 8  they seized 9  them and put them in jail 10  until the next day (for it was already evening). 4:4 But many of those who had listened to 11  the message 12  believed, and the number of the men 13  came to about five thousand.

4:5 On the next day, 14  their rulers, elders, and experts in the law 15  came together 16  in Jerusalem. 17  4:6 Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others who were members of the high priest’s family. 18  4:7 After 19  making Peter and John 20  stand in their midst, they began to inquire, “By what power or by what name 21  did you do this? 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, 22  replied, 23 Rulers of the people and elders, 24  4:9 if 25  we are being examined 26  today for a good deed 27  done to a sick man – by what means this man was healed 28  4:10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ 29  the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 4:11 This Jesus 30  is the stone that was rejected by you, 31  the builders, that has become the cornerstone. 32  4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people 33  by which we must 34  be saved.”

4:13 When they saw the boldness 35  of Peter and John, and discovered 36  that they were uneducated 37  and ordinary 38  men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. 4:14 And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this. 39  4:15 But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, 40  they began to confer with one another, 4:16 saying, “What should we do with these men? For it is plain 41  to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable miraculous sign 42  has come about through them, 43  and we cannot deny it. 4:17 But to keep this matter from spreading any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more 44  to anyone in this name.” 4:18 And they called them in and ordered 45  them not to speak or teach at all in the name 46  of Jesus. 4:19 But Peter and John replied, 47 Whether it is right before God to obey 48  you rather than God, you decide, 4:20 for it is impossible 49  for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”

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