Peter and John Before the Council

Acts 4

1 Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the a Sadducees came upon them, 2 being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

5 And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 6 as well as b Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, c "By what power or by what name have you done this?" 8 d Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 "If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 "let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, e that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, f whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 "This is the g 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.' 1 12 h "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, i and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. 14 And seeing the man who had been healed j standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, k "What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a 2 notable miracle has been done through them is l evident 3 to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 "But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name." 18 m So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, n "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 o "For we cannot but speak the things which p we have seen and heard." 21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, q because of the people, since they all r glorified God for s what had been done. 22 For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 22:23
    The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him.
  2. Cross References
    Luke 3:2
    While Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
    John 11:49
    And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all.
    John 18:13
    And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year.
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 2:14
    Then he said, "Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" So Moses feared and said, "Surely this thing is known!
    Matthew 21:23
    Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?
    Acts 7:27
    But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?
  4. Cross References
    Luke 12:11
    Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say.
    Luke 12:12
    "For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."
  5. Cross References
    Acts 2:22
    Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know -
    Acts 3:6
    Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.
    Acts 3:16
    And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
  6. Cross References
    Acts 2:24
    Whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 118:22
    The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.
    Isaiah 28:16
    Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.
    Matthew 21:42
    Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD's doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes' ?
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:1
    Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One ...
    Isaiah 42:6
    I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, ...
    Isaiah 42:7
    To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from...
    Isaiah 53:11
    He shall see the labor of His soul, and be sati...
    Daniel 9:24
    Seventy weeks are determined For your people an...
    Matthew 1:21
    "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall ...
    John 14:6
    Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, an...
    Acts 10:43
    "To Him all the prophets witness that, through ...
    1 Timothy 2:5
    For there is one God and one Mediator between G...
    1 Timothy 2:6
    Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testif...
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 11:25
    At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
    1 Corinthians 1:27
    But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.
  10. Cross References
    Acts 3:11
    Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon's, greatly amazed.
  11. Cross References
    John 11:47
    Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, "What shall we do? For this Man works many signs.
  12. Cross References
    Acts 3:7 - 10
    And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
  13. Cross References
    Acts 5:28
    Saying, "Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man's blood on us!
    Acts 5:40
    And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
  14. Cross References
    Acts 5:29
    But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men.
  15. Cross References
    Acts 1:8
    "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
    Acts 2:32
    This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
  16. Cross References
    Acts 22:15
    For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.
    1 John 1:1
    That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life -
    1 John 1:3
    That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
  17. Cross References
    Matthew 21:26
    "But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet."
    Luke 20:6
    "But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet."
    Luke 20:19
    And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people - for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.
    Luke 22:2
    And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people.
    Acts 5:26
    Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned.
  18. Cross References
    Matthew 15:31
    So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
  19. Cross References
    Acts 3:7
    And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
    Acts 3:8
    So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them - walking, leaping, and praising God.
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