Imprisoned Apostles Freed

17 (A)Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with [a]indignation, 18 (B)and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. 19 But at night (C)an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people (D)all the words of this life.”

21 And when they heard that, they entered the temple early in the morning and taught. (E)But the high priest and those with him came and called the [b]council together, with all the [c]elders of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

Apostles on Trial Again

22 But when the officers came and did not find them in the prison, they returned and reported, 23 saying, “Indeed we found the prison shut securely, and the guards standing [d]outside before the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside!” 24 Now when [e]the high priest, (F)the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these things, they wondered what the outcome would be. 25 So one came and told them, [f]saying, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”

26 Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, (G)for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. 27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28 saying, (H)“Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, (I)and intend to bring this Man’s (J)blood on us!”

29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: (K)“We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 (L)The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by (M)hanging on a tree. 31 (N)Him God has exalted to His right hand to be (O)Prince and (P)Savior, (Q)to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And (R)we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit (S)whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

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  1. Acts 5:17 jealousy
  2. Acts 5:21 Sanhedrin
  3. Acts 5:21 council of elders or senate
  4. Acts 5:23 NU, M omit outside
  5. Acts 5:24 NU omits the high priest
  6. Acts 5:25 NU, M omit saying

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