5. The Beginning of the Persecution by the Jewish Religionists
a. The Arrest and Inquiry by the Sanhedrin
1 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the 1acaptain of the temple and the 2bSadducees came upon them,
2 Being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and announcing 1in Jesus the aresurrection from the dead.
3 And they alaid their hands on them and placed them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.
4 But many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of men came to about five athousand.
5 And on the next day their rulers and elders and scribes were 1gathered together in Jerusalem,
6 As well as Annas the high priest and 1aCaiaphas and 2John and Alexander and as many as were of high-priestly descent.
7 And they stood them in the midst and inquired, 1By what power or in what name did you do this?
b. Peter's Testimony
8 Then Peter, 1filled with the Holy aSpirit, said to them, Rulers of the people and elders,
9 If we today are being examined regarding a good deed done to a asick man, by what means this man has been 1healed,
10 Let it be known to you all and to all the people of Israel that in the aname of Jesus Christ the 1Nazarene, whom 2you bcrucified and whom 3God has craised from the dead, in this name this man stands before you in good health.
11 This is the 1stone which was 2considered as nothing by you, the builders, which has become the 3ahead of the corner.
12 And there is salvation in no other, for neither is there another aname under heaven given among men in which we must be bsaved.
c. The Sanhedrin's Prohibition
13 And as they beheld the aboldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were 1buneducated men and 2laymen, they marveled and they recognized them, that they had been with Jesus.
14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against it.
15 But they ordered them to go away outside the 1aSanhedrin and conferred with one another,
16 Saying, What shall we do to these men? For that indeed a notable asign has occurred through them is manifest to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
17 But in order that this would not be spread further among the people, let us threaten them that they no longer speak based upon this name to anyone.
18 And when they called them, they charged them anot to utter anything at all nor teach based upon the name of Jesus.
d. Peter and John's Reply
19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you arather than to God, you judge;
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have aseen and heard.
e. The Sanhedrin's Release
21 And when they had further threatened them, they released them, finding no way that they could punish them on account of the apeople, because they all were glorifying God for what had happened;
22 For the man on whom this sign of healing had occurred was more than forty years old.
f. The Church's Praise and Prayer
23 And when they had been released, they went to their 1own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
24 And when they heard this, they lifted up their voice with aone accord to God and said, 1Sovereign Master, You are the One who has bmade heaven and earth and the sea and all things in them,
25 Who, through the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, has said, a"Why did the Gentiles 1rage, and the peoples devise vain things?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against aHis Christ.''
27 For truly in this city there were agathered together against Your holy bServant Jesus, whom You canointed, both Herod and dPontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
28 To ado what Your hand and Your counsel 1predestined to take place.
29 And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings and grant Your slaves to speak Your word with all aboldness,
30 While astretching out Your hand to heal, and that bsigns and wonders may take place through the cname of Your dholy Servant Jesus.
31 And when they had so besought, the place in which they were gathered was ashaken, and they were all 1filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with bboldness.