19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;20 for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”21 When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened;22 for the man was more than forty years old on whom this [a]miracle of healing had been performed.
23 When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.24 And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O [b]Lord, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them,25 who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said,
‘Why did the[c]Gentiles rage, And the peoples devise futile things? 26 ‘The kings of the earth[d]took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the Lord and against His[e]Christ.’
27 For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy [f]servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the [g]Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.29 And [h]now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence,
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