Stephen Put to Death

54 Now when they heard this, they were (A)cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him. 55 But being (B)full of the Holy Spirit, he (C)gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing (D)at the right hand of God; 56 and he said, “Behold, I see the (E)heavens opened up and (F)the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. 58 When they had (G)driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and (H)the witnesses (I)laid aside their robes at the feet of (J)a young man named Saul. 59 They went on stoning Stephen as he (K)called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” 60 Then (L)falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, (M)do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he [a](N)fell asleep.

Saul Persecutes the Church

(O)Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death.

And on that day a great persecution [b]began against (P)the church in Jerusalem, and they were all (Q)scattered throughout the regions of Judea and (R)Samaria, except the apostles. Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him. But (S)Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and (T)dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.


  1. Acts 7:60 I.e. died
  2. Acts 8:1 Lit occurred