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Acts 4:1-22 (English Standard Version)

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Peter and John Before the Council

1 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and 1the captain of the temple and 2the Sadducees came upon them, 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming 3in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they arrested them and 4put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and 5the number of the men came to about five thousand. 5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6 with 6Annas the high priest and 7Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, 8"By what power or 9by what name did you do this?" 8 Then Peter, 10filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today 11concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that 12by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, 13whom God raised from the dead--by him this man is standing before you well. 11 14This Jesusa is the stone that was 15rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.b 12 And there is 16salvation 17in no one else, for 18there is no other 19name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." 13 20Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed 21standing beside them, 22they had nothing to say in opposition. 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, 23"What shall we do with these men? For that 24a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them 25to speak no more to anyone in this name." 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, 26"Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for 27we cannot but speak of what 28we have seen and heard." 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, 29because of the people, for all were praising God 30for what had happened. 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.
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