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The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 7:57

But for then, A.V.; rushed for ran, A.V. ( ὥρμησαν ). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Acts 7:57

Then they cried out - That is, probably, “the people,” not the members of the council It is evident he was put to death in a popular tumult. They had charged him with blasphemy; and they regarded what he had now said as full proof of it.And stopped their ears - That they might hear no more blasphemy.With one accord - In a tumult; unitedly. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Acts 7:57-59

Acts 7:57-59. Then they cried out with a loud voice Being provoked to such a degree that they could not contain themselves, and meaning to drown the voice of Stephen; and stopped their ears As if they could not bear to hear such blasphemy as they wished to have it thought he had spoken. And ran upon him Greek, ωρμησαν , rushed on him with one accord, before any sentence was regularly passed; and cast Greek, εκβαλοντες εξω της πολεως , casting him out of the city It seems by a gate... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Acts 7:1-60

Stephen before the Sanhedrin (7:1-60)The defence that Stephen made before the Sanhedrin was not designed to win its approval. He outlined Israel’s history to demonstrate two main points. First, God had never shown himself to be limited to one dwelling place, or even one locality (therefore the Jews were mistaken in attaching such importance to the temple in Jerusalem). Second, the people of Israel had always rejected the messengers of God (therefore their rejection of the Messiah Jesus was not... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Acts 7:57

loud = great, i.e. the shout of the crowd in indignation. stopped = held tight. Greek. sunecho. See Luke 4:38 . ran = rushed. with one accord. Greek. homothumadon. See note on Acts 1:14 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Acts 7:57

But they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and rushed upon him with one accord; and 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.Stopped their ears ... rushed upon him ... etc. This was a mob scene, not the execution of a deliberate sentence. It was illegal, no Roman sanction having been given for execution of the death penalty; and those critics who question John's gospel with its reference... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Acts 7:57

Acts 7:57. Then they cried out, &c.— "This declaration and reference provoked them to such a degree, that crying out with a loud voice that they might drown that of Stephen, they stopped their own ears, as if they could not bear to hear such blasphemy as they conceivedhe had spoken, and furiously rushed upon him with one accord." read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Acts 7:57

57, 58. Then they cried out . . . and ran upon him with one accord—To men of their mould and in their temper, Stephen's last seraphic words could but bring matters to extremities, though that only revealed the diabolical spirit which they breathed. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Acts 7:57-58

Stephen’s declaration amounted to blasphemy to the Sanhedrin. They knew that when he said "Son of Man" he meant "Jesus." Furthermore, the Jews believed that no one had the right to be at God’s right hand in heaven. [Note: Ibid.] The Sanhedrin members therefore cried out in agony of soul, covered their ears so they would hear no more, and seized Stephen to prevent him from saying more or escaping. Stoning was the penalty for blasphemy in Israel (Leviticus 24:16; Deuteronomy 17:7), and the... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 7:1-60

Defence and Martyrdom of Stephen1-53. Speech of Stephen. There is every reason to believe that this speech was really delivered by St. Stephen, and not composed by St. Luke; for, (1) the speech does not (in any direct manner) answer the charges alleged (Acts 6:14), as a speech composed by the historian himself would have done; (2) there are several erroneous references to the OT. (not all due to the use of LXX), natural enough in a speech delivered impromptu, but not natural in a speech... read more

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