Acts 7:44-60 Bible in Basic English

44  Our fathers had the Tent of witness in the waste land, as God gave orders to Moses to make it after the design which he had seen. 45  Which our fathers, in their turn, took with them when, with Joshua, they came into the heritage of the nations whom God was driving out before the face of our fathers, till the time of David, 46  Who was pleasing to God; and he had a desire to make a holy tent for the God of Jacob. 47  But Solomon was the builder of his house. 48  But still, the Most High has not his resting-place in houses made with hands, as the prophet says, 49  Heaven is the seat of my power, and earth is a resting-place for my feet: what sort of house will you make for me, says the Lord, or what is my place of rest? 50  Did not my hand make all these things?

51  You whose hearts are hard and whose ears are shut to me; you are ever working against the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. 52  Which of the prophets was not cruelly attacked by your fathers? and they put to death those who gave them the news of the coming of the Upright One; whom you have now given up and put to death; 53  You, to whom the law was given as it was ordered by angels, and who have not kept it.

The Stoning of Stephen

54  Hearing these things, they were cut to the heart and moved with wrath against him. 55  But he was full of the Holy Spirit, and looking up to heaven, he saw the glory of God and Jesus at the right hand of God. 56  And he said, Now I see heaven open, and the Son of man at the right hand of God. 57  But with loud cries, and stopping their ears, they made an attack on him all together, 58  Driving him out of the town and stoning him: and the witnesses put their clothing at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59  And Stephen, while he was being stoned, made prayer to God, saying, Lord Jesus, take my spirit. 60  And going down on his knees, he said in a loud voice, Lord, do not make them responsible for this sin. And when he had said this, he went to his rest.


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