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(A) and began to stone him.(B) Meanwhile, the witnesses(C) laid their coats(D) at the feet of a young man named Saul.(E)

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

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And Saul(A) approved of their killing him.

The Church Persecuted and Scattered

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered(B) throughout Judea and Samaria.(C)

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