8. The Continuation of the Persecution by the Jewish Religionists
a. The Sanhedrin's Arrest of the Apostles and the Lord's Rescue
17 And the high priest and all those with him, the local asect of the bSadducees, rose up and were filled with cjealousy;
18 And they alaid their hands on the apostles and put them in public custody.
19 But during the night an aangel of the Lord bopened the doors of the prison, and leading them out, said,
20 Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the 1awords of 2this life.
21 And when they heard this, they entered about daybreak into the temple and began to teach. And the ahigh priest and those with him came up and called together the bSanhedrin, 1even all the council of elders of the sons of Israel, and sent men to the prison for them to be brought.
22 But when the officers arrived, they did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported,
23 Saying, The prison we found locked with all security, and the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened the doors, we found no one inside.
24 Now when they heard these words, both the 1acaptain of the temple and the chief priests were utterly perplexed concerning them as to what this would come to.
25 And someone came up and reported to them, Behold, the men whom you put in the prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.
26 Then the captain with the officers went away and brought them without violence, for they feared the apeople, lest they would be bstoned.
27 And having brought them, they stood them in the aSanhedrin. And the high priest questioned them,
28 Saying, We 1strictly charged you anot to teach based upon this name; and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man's bblood upon us.
b. The Apostles' Testimony
29 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, It is necessary to obey God arather than men.
30 The 1God of our afathers has braised Jesus, whom you slew by hanging Him on a ctree.
31 This One God has 1aexalted to His bright hand as 2Leader and cSavior, to 3give 4drepentance to Israel and eforgiveness of sins.
32 And we are awitnesses of these 1things, and so is the Holy 2bSpirit, whom God has given to those who 3obey Him.
c. The Sanhedrin's Prohibition and Release
33 But when they aheard this, they were 1exasperated and intended to do away with them.
34 But a certain 1Pharisee in the aSanhedrin named bGamaliel, a cteacher of the law honored by all the people, stood up and commanded that they put the men outside for a little while.
35 And he said to them, Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves, with regard to these men, in what you are about to do.
36 For before these days Theudas rose up, saying that he was somebody, with whom a number of men, about four hundred, took sides. And he was done away with, and all who were persuaded by him were dispersed and came to nothing.
37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the aenrollment and drew away a group of people after him. And that man perished, and all who were persuaded by him were scattered.
38 And now I say to you, withdraw from these men and leave them alone; for should this acounsel or this work be of men, it will be overthrown;
39 But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them, lest you be found to be even afighters against God.
40 And they were persuaded by him. And having called the apostles to them, they abeat them and charged them bnot to speak based upon the name of Jesus; and they released them.
d. The Apostles' Rejoicing and Faithfulness
41 So they went from the presence of the aSanhedrin, brejoicing that they were counted worthy 1to be dishonored on behalf of the cName.
42 And every day, in the 1temple and from 2house to house, they did not cease teaching and aannouncing the gospel of 3Jesus as the bChrist.