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  • And when your witness Stephen was killed, I was standing there agreeing. I kept the coats they laid aside as they stoned him.' - Acts 22:20

  • This idea pleased the whole group, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (a Gentile convert to the Jewish faith, who had now become a Christian). - Acts 6:5

  • Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people. - Acts 6:8

  • None of them was able to stand against the wisdom and Spirit by which Stephen spoke. - Acts 6:10

  • So they persuaded some men to lie about Stephen, saying, "We heard him blaspheme Moses, and even God." - Acts 6:11

  • Naturally, this roused the crowds, the elders, and the teachers of religious law. So they arrested Stephen and brought him before the high council.*2 - Acts 6:12

  • At this point everyone in the council stared at Stephen because his face became as bright as an angel's. - Acts 6:15

  • Then the high priest asked Stephen, "Are these accusations true?" - Acts 7:1

  • This was Stephen's reply: "Brothers and honorable fathers, listen to me. Our glorious God appeared to our ancestor Abraham in Mesopotamia before he moved to Haran.*1 - Acts 7:2

  • The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen's accusation, and they shook their fists in rage.*12 - Acts 7:54

  • But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily upward into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God's right hand. - Acts 7:55

  • And as they stoned him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." - Acts 7:59

  • Saul was one of the official witnesses at the killing of Stephen. A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem, and all the believers except the apostles fled into Judea and Samaria. - Acts 8:1

  • (Some godly men came and buried Stephen with loud weeping.) - Acts 8:2

  • Meanwhile, the believers who had fled from Jerusalem during the persecution after Stephen's death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the Good News, but only to Jews. - Acts 11:19
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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