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Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Acts 7:57

(57) Ran upon him with one accord.—The violence reported presents a singular contrast to the general observance of the forms of a fair trial in our Lord’s condemnation. Then, however, we must remember, the Roman procurator was present in Jerusalem. Now all restraint was removed, and fanaticism had full play. That neither office nor age was enough to guard, under such conditions, against shameful outrage has been seen even in the history of Christian assemblies, as, e.g., in that of the Robber... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Acts 7:1-60

St. Stephen's Death Acts 7:55 Stephen is the first of whom we read that he died after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and entered into his glory. The first martyr was now to obtain his crown of life. Now it is a remarkable thing that, with the exception of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the death of St. Stephen is the only death about which we have any details in the New Testament Scriptures. We read that Stephen was filled with the Holy Ghost. Now what did the Holy Spirit do for... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Acts 7:1-60

CHAPTER 7 1. The Address of Stephen (Acts 7:1-53 ). 2. The Martyrdom of Stephen (Acts 7:54-60 ). This is the largest chapter in this book and concludes the first section. Stephen is the chosen instrument to deliver the final testimony to the nation. He was not permitted to finish it. We notice at once a marked difference between the previous preaching by the Apostle Peter and the address of Stephen. The testimony of Peter was marked on the day of Pentecost and at the other occasions by... read more

John Calvin

Geneva Study Bible - Acts 7:57

7:57 {10} Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and {a} ran upon him with one accord,(10) The zeal of hypocrites and superstitious people eventually breaks out into a most open madness.(a) This was done in a rage and fury, for at that time the Jews could put no man to death by law, as they confessed before Pilate saying that it was no lawful for them to put any man to death, and therefore it is reported by Josephus that Ananus, a Sadducee, slew James the brother of the... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 7:1-60

The high priest only asks the question, "Are these things so?" Then God provides room for Stephen to speak without interruption for some time. This stands in striking contrast to the way in which the Lord Jesus was mainly silent before His accusers. Stephen is able in a most masterful way to summarize the whole history of Israel from the viewpoint of God's many visitations to the nation, yet of Israel's consistently stubborn refusal of God's testimony, culminating in their rejection of His... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Acts 7:1-60

FIRST CHRISTIAN MARTYR The church was being blessed and multiplied but the conditions were not perfect. The flesh was asserting itself. Acts 6:1 carries us back to the close of chapter 4, and we see that the charity which led to hypocrisy there, led to “murmuring” here. “Grecians” should be translated “Grecian Jews” to distinguish them from the native born. The apostles who had been distributing the alms could do so no longer, and hence the institution of the office of “deacon” (Acts 6:5 ),... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - Acts 7:1-60

Chapter 17 Prayer ( Easter Sunday. ) O Thou who hast thyself risen from the dead, raise us up also with thyself that we may die no more. We bless thee for the word of resurrection, for the gospel of restoration, and for the hope that death itself shall die and the whole creation be filled with joyous life. If we be risen with Christ we will set our affections on things above. Help us in this way to show how truly we have been buried with Christ, and how certainly we have been raised again... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - Acts 7:54-60

Chapter 18 Prayer Almighty God, thou hast made thy truth savour of life unto life, or of death unto death. Truly thy word is a fire to enlighten or a fire to destroy. The stone which thou hast set forth in thy Gospel is a wondrous stone. If men fall upon it they will be broken, but if it fall upon men it will grind them to powder. May we know thy Gospel to be the word of life. To us may there be no sound of death in all the utterance of the truth. May our souls leap with joy on hearing the... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - Acts 7:51-60

Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. (52) Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: (53) Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. (54) When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - Acts 7:54-60

54-60 Nothing is so comfortable to dying saints, or so encouraging to suffering saints, as to see Jesus at the right hand of God: blessed be God, by faith we may see him there. Stephen offered up two short prayers in his dying moments. Our Lord Jesus is God, to whom we are to seek, and in whom we are to trust and comfort ourselves, living and dying. And if this has been our care while we live, it will be our comfort when we die. Here is a prayer for his persecutors. Though the sin was very... read more

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