Acts 4:16-26 (English Standard Version)

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16 saying, 1"What shall we do with these men? For that 2a 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 3to 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, 4"Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for 5we cannot but speak of what 6we have seen and heard." 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, 7because of the people, for all were praising God 8for 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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23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices 9together to God and said, "Sovereign Lord, 10who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,a said by the Holy Spirit, 11"'Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? 26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and 12the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his 13Anointed'b--
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