Upon hearing this,
they entered into the temple area
about daybreak and began
to teach. Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the Council together, that is, all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders
to the prison for them to be brought.
But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported,
saying, 'We found the prison locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them,
we found no one inside.'
Now when the captain of the temple guard
and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what would come of this.
But someone came and reported to them, 'The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple area
and teaching the people!'
Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded
to bring them back
without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned).
When they had brought them, they had them stand before the Council. The high priest interrogated them,
saying, 'We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this Man’s blood upon us.'
But Peter and the apostles answered, 'We must obey God rather than men.