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Acts 5:22–32

22 But the officers who camee did not find them in the prison, and they returned and* reported, 23 saying, “We found the prison locked with all security and the guards standing at the doors, but when we* opened them,* we found no one inside!” 24 Now when both the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed concerning them, as to what this might be. 25 But someone came and* reported to them, “Behold, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple courts* and teaching the people!” 26 Then the captain went with the officers and* brought them, not with force (for they were afraid of the people, lest they be stoned by them).*

The Apostles on Trial Before the Sanhedrin

27 And when they* had brought them, they made them* stand in the Sanhedrin,f and the high priest put a question to them, 28 saying, “We strictly commandedg youh not to teach in this name? And behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching! And you are intending to bring upon us the blood of this man!” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered and* said, “It is necessary to obey God rather than men! 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed by* hanging him* on a tree. 31 This one God has exalted to his right hand as Leader and Savior to grant repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses of these things, and so is* the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”

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