Stephen Seized

Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs(A) among the people.

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55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit,(A) looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.(B) 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open(C) and the Son of Man(D) standing at the right hand of God.”

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city(E) and began to stone him.(F) Meanwhile, the witnesses(G) laid their coats(H) at the feet of a young man named Saul.(I)

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”(J) 60 Then he fell on his knees(K) and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”(L) When he had said this, he fell asleep.(M)

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The Church in Antioch

19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed(A) traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch,(B) spreading the word only among Jews.

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20 And when the blood of your martyr[a] Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’(A)

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 22:20 Or witness
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