Chapter 7 (Stephen's speech)
51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised
in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers
did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute?
And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the
Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53 you who
received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.” 54
Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground
their teeth against him. 55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into
heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of
God; 56 and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of
man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a
loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together upon him. 58 Then
they cast him out of the city and stoned him; and the witnesses laid
down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as
they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
60 And he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold
this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
1 And Saul was consenting to his death.
on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem;
and they were all scattered throughout the region of Judea and Samaria,
except the apostles. 2 Devout men buried Stephen, and made great
lamentation over him. 3 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering
house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to
The Revised Standard Version, (New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.) 1973, 1977.