Acts 4:13-22 - The Name Forbidden

13 Now when these men saw how boldly Peter and John spoke, and perceived that they were uneducated and [even] ignorant men, they were quite surprised; then they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 And when they saw the healed man standing there with Peter and John, there was nothing they could say [to refute the obvious miracle]. 15 But when the Council [of Jewish leaders] made Peter and John leave [the meeting], they discussed the matter among themselves, 16 saying, "What should we do to these men? For we cannot deny that a significant miracle was performed by them, and everybody living in Jerusalem knows it. 17 But we do not want this [teaching] to spread any further so let us threaten them [and demand] that they do not speak to anyone about Jesus anymore." 18 And so they called Peter and John in and warned them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus [anymore].

19 But Peter and John replied, "You decide whether it is right before God to listen to you men or to Him; 20 we cannot help but speak about the things we have seen and heard."

21 And when the Council had threatened them some more, they [finally] released them because they could not find any reason to punish them. [Actually] they were worried about how the people felt [about the matter], since everybody was giving honor to God for the miracle that had been performed. 22 Now the man who was healed was over forty years old.