Yet indeed I also count all things loss (A)for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having (B)my own righteousness, which is from the law, but (C)that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the (D)power of His resurrection, and (E)the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may (F)attain[a] to the resurrection from the dead.

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Saul Persecutes the Church

Now Saul was consenting to his death.

At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and (A)they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and (B)made great lamentation over him.

As for Saul, (C)he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.

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and asked (A)letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

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(A)I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women,

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52 (A)Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of (B)the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, 53 (C)who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.

Stephen the Martyr

54 (D)When they heard these things they were [a]cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. 55 But he, (E)being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the (F)glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and said, “Look! (G)I see the heavens opened and the (H)Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”

57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; 58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And (I)the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, (J)receive my spirit.” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, (K)“Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

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26 “Men and brethren, sons of the [a]family of Abraham, and (A)those among you who fear God, (B)to you the [b]word of this salvation has been sent. 27 For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, (C)because they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him. 28 (D)And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death. 29 (E)Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, (F)they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. 30 (G)But God raised Him from the dead.

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