The Jewish leaders saw that Peter and John were not afraid to speak. They understood that these men had no special training or education. So they were amazed. Then they realized that Peter and John had been with Jesus.
They saw the crippled man standing there beside the two apostles. They saw that the man was healed. So they could say nothing against them.
The Jewish leaders told them to leave the meeting. Then the leaders talked to each other about what they should do.
They said, “What shall we do with these men? Everyone in Jerusalem knows that they have done a great miracle! We cannot say it is not true.
But we must warn them not to talk to people anymore using that name. Then this thing will not spread among the people.”
So they called Peter and John in again. They told them not to speak or to teach at all in the name of Jesus.
But Peter and John answered them, “What do you think is right? What would God want? Should we obey you or God? We cannot keep quiet. We must speak about what we have seen and heard.”
The Jewish leaders could not find a way to punish them because all the people were praising God for what had been done. (This miracle was a proof from God. The man who was healed was more than 40 years old!) So the Jewish leaders warned the apostles again and let them go free.