Bible: Acts 5:17-42

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! 5:29 But Peter and the apostles replied, 44 We must obey 45  God rather than people. 46  5:30 The God of our forefathers 47  raised up Jesus, whom you seized and killed by hanging him on a tree. 48  5:31 God exalted him 49  to his right hand as Leader 50  and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 51  5:32 And we are witnesses of these events, 52  and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey 53  him.”

5:33 Now when they heard this, they became furious 54  and wanted to execute them. 55  5:34 But a Pharisee 56  whose name was Gamaliel, 57  a teacher of the law who was respected by all the people, stood up 58  in the council 59  and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. 5:35 Then he said to the council, 60 Men of Israel, 61  pay close attention to 62  what you are about to do to these men. 5:36 For some time ago 63  Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men joined him. He 64  was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and nothing came of it. 65  5:37 After him Judas the Galilean arose in the days of the census, 66  and incited people to follow him in revolt. 67  He too was killed, and all who followed him were scattered. 5:38 So in this case I say to you, stay away from these men and leave them alone, because if this plan or this undertaking originates with people, 68  it will come to nothing, 69  5:39 but if 70  it is from God, you will not be able to stop them, or you may even be found 71  fighting against God.” He convinced them, 72  5:40 and they summoned the apostles and had them beaten. 73  Then 74  they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. 5:41 So they left the council rejoicing because they had been considered worthy 75  to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. 76  5:42 And every day both in the temple courts 77  and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the good news 78  that Jesus was the Christ. 79 

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