But when the temple police got there, they did not find them in the jail, so they returned and reported,
"We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing in front of the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside!"
As the captain of the temple police and the chief priests heard these things, they were baffled about them, as to what could come of this.
Someone came and reported to them, "Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple complex and teaching the people."
Then the captain went with the temple police and brought them in without force, because they were afraid the people might stone them.
When they had brought them in, they had them stand before the Sanhedrin, and the high priest asked,
"Didn't we strictly order you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to bring this man's blood on us!"
But Peter and the apostles replied, "We must obey God rather than men.
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had murdered by hanging Him on a tree.
God exalted this man to His right hand as ruler and Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him."