Acts 5:27-42 - The Apostles On Trial Before The Sanhedrin

27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council, and the prince of the priests asked them, 28 saying, Did we not strictly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.

29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We must persuade God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew, hanging him on a tree. 31 God has exalted him with his right hand as Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are his witnesses of these things, and so is also the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those that persuade him.

33 When they heard that, they were divided and took counsel to slay them. 34 Then a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, who had a reputation among all the people, stood up in the council and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space 35 and said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as concerning these men. 36 For before these days, rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves; who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered and brought to nought. 37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing and drew away many people after him; he also perished, and all those that consented with him were dispersed. 38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men and let them alone; for if this counsellor or this work is of men, it will come to nought, 39 but if it is of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest ye be found fighting against God. 40 And they agreed with him; and when they had called the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus and let them go. 41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. 42 And daily in the temple and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus the Christ.