13Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. 14When they saw the man who had been cured standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.
15So they ordered them to leave the council while they discussed the matter with one another. 16They said, What will we do with them? For it is obvious to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable sign has been done through them; we cannot deny it. 17But to keep it from spreading further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name. 18So they called them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John answered them, Whether it is right in Gods sight to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; 20for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard. 21After threatening them again, they let them go, finding no way to punish them because of the people, for all of them praised God for what had happened.
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