But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than any human authority. a30
The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.
God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him."
When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.
But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time.
Then he said to them, "Fellow Israelites, b consider carefully what you propose to do to these men.
For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and disappeared.
After him Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered.
So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail;
but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!" They were convinced by him,
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