Acts 5:21-31 NIV

21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates1 arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin2--the full assembly of the elders of Israel--and sent to the jail for the apostles.

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      22 But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there.3 So they went back and reported,

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      23 "We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside."
      24 On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests4 were puzzled, wondering what would come of this.

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      25 Then someone came and said, "Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people."
      26 At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people5 would stone them.

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      27 Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin6 to be questioned by the high priest.

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      28 "We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,"7 he said. "Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's blood."8

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      29 Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men!9

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      30 The God of our fathers10 raised Jesus from the dead11--whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.12

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      31 God exalted him to his own right hand13 as Prince and Savior14 that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.15

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