Bible: Acts 5:17-28

Further Trouble for the Apostles

5:17 Now the high priest rose up, and all those with him (that is, the religious party of the Sadducees 1 ), 2  and they were filled with jealousy. 3  5:18 They 4  laid hands on 5  the apostles and put them in a public jail. 5:19 But during the night an angel of the Lord 6  opened 7  the doors of the prison, 8  led them out, 9  and said, 5:20 Go and stand in the temple courts 10  and proclaim 11  to the people all the words of this life.” 5:21 When they heard this, they entered the temple courts 12  at daybreak and began teaching. 13 

Now when the high priest and those who were with him arrived, they summoned the Sanhedrin 14 that is, the whole high council 15  of the Israelites 16 and sent to the jail to have the apostles 17  brought before them. 18  5:22 But the officers 19  who came for them 20  did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, 21  5:23 We found the jail locked securely and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, 22  we found no one inside.” 5:24 Now when the commander 23  of the temple guard 24  and the chief priests heard this report, 25  they were greatly puzzled concerning it, 26  wondering what this could 27  be. 5:25 But someone came and reported to them, “Look! The men you put in prison are standing in the temple courts 28  and teaching 29  the people! 5:26 Then the commander 30  of the temple guard 31  went with the officers 32  and brought the apostles 33  without the use of force 34  (for they were afraid of being stoned by the people). 35 

5:27 When they had brought them, they stood them before the council, 36  and the high priest questioned 37  them, 5:28 saying, “We gave 38  you strict orders 39  not to teach in this name. 40  Look, 41  you have filled Jerusalem 42  with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood 43  on us!

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