But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.
So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin1 and then conferred together.
"What are we going to do with these men?"2 they asked. "Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle,3 and we cannot deny it.
But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name."
Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.4
But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God.5
For we cannot help speaking6 about what we have seen and heard."7
After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people8 were praising God9 for what had happened.
For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.
When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.10 "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.11