"We found the prison securely locked and the sentries standing at the doors, but when we opened it we found no one inside."
Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were much perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to.
And some one came and told them, "The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people."
Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but without violence, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them,
saying, "We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us."
But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.
The God of our fathers raised Jesus whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.
God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to 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.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)