They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.1
But during the night an angel2 of the Lord opened the doors of the jail3 and brought them out.4
"Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life."5
At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates6 arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin7--the full assembly of the elders of Israel--and sent to the jail for the apostles.
But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there.8 So they went back and reported,
"We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside."
On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests9 were puzzled, wondering what would come of this.
Then someone came and said, "Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people."
At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people10 would stone them.
Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin11 to be questioned by the high priest.
"We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,"12 he said. "Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's blood."13