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They brought the apostles in, made them stand before the Council, and the High Priest questioned them.     “We gave you strict orders not to teach in the name of this man,” he said; “but see what you have done.     You have spread your teaching all over Jerusalem, and you want to make us responsible for his death.”

Peter and the other apostles answered, “We must obey God, not men.     The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from death, after you had killed him by nailing him to a cross.     God raised him to his right side as Leader and Savior, to give the people of Israel the opportunity to repent and have their sins forgiven.     We are witnesses to these things — we and the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to those who obey him.”

(Lesson Text: Today’s English Version, Copyright ©1992 by the American Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)