28 saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and [a]yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this Man’s blood upon us.”29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you put to death by hanging Him on [b]a cross.31 He is the one whom God exalted [c]to His right hand as a [d]Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.32 And we are witnesses [e]of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
33 But when they heard this, they became infuriated and nearly decided to execute them.34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time.35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, be careful as to what you are about to do with these men.36 For, some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined him. [f]But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.37 After this man, Judas of Galilee appeared in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he also perished, and all those who followed him were scattered.38 And so in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and leave them alone, for if the source of this plan or [g]movement is men, it will be overthrown;39 but if the source is God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”
40 They followed his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to [h]speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them.41 So they went on their way from the presence of the [i]Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.42 And every day, in the temple and [j]from house to house, they did not stop teaching and preaching the good news of Jesus as the [k]Christ.
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