Bible: Acts 7:54-8:3
Stephen is Killed
7:54 When they heard these things, they became furious 1 and ground their teeth 2 at him. 7:55 But Stephen, 3 full 4 of the Holy Spirit, looked intently 5 toward heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing 6 at the right hand of God. 7:56 “Look!” he said. 7 “I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 7:57 But they covered their ears, 8 shouting out with a loud voice, and rushed at him with one intent. 7:58 When 9 they had driven him out of the city, they began to stone him, 10 and the witnesses laid their cloaks 11 at the feet of a young man named Saul. 7:59 They 12 continued to stone Stephen while he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” 7:60 Then he fell 13 to his knees and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” 14 When 15 he had said this, he died. 16 8:1 And Saul agreed completely with killing 17 him.
Saul Begins to Persecute the Church
Now on that day a great 18 persecution began 19 against the church in Jerusalem, 20 and all 21 except the apostles were forced to scatter throughout the regions 22 of Judea and Samaria. 8:2 Some 23 devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation 24 over him. 25 8:3 But Saul was trying to destroy 26 the church; entering one house after another, he dragged off 27 both men and women and put them in prison. 28