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Acts 7:58

    Acts 7:58 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    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.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Driving him out of the town and stoning him: and the witnesses put their clothing at the feet of a young man named Saul.

    Webster's Revision

    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.

    World English Bible

    They threw him out of the city, and stoned him. The witnesses placed their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    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.

    Definitions for Acts 7:58

    Cast - Worn-out; old; cast-off.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 7:58

    Cast him out of the city, and stoned him - They did not however wait for any sentence to be pronounced upon him; it seems they were determined to stone him first, and then prove, after it had been done, that it was done justly. For the manner of stoning among the Jews, see the note on Leviticus 24:23.

    The witnesses laid down their clothes - To illustrate this whole transaction, see the observations at the end of this chapter.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 7:58

    And cast him out of the city - This was in accordance with the usual custom. In Leviticus 24:14, it was directed to bring forth him that had cursed without the camp; and it was not usual, the Jewish writers inform us, to stone in the presence of the Sanhedrin. Though this was a popular tumult, and Stephen was condemned without the regular process of trial, yet some of the "forms" of law were observed, and he was stoned in the manner directed in the case of blasphemers.

    And stoned him - This was the punishment appointed in the case of blasphemy, Leviticus 24:16. See the notes on John 10:31.

    And the witnesses - That is, the false witnesses who bore testimony against him, Acts 6:13. It was directed in the Law Deuteronomy 17:7 that the "witnesses" in the case should be first in executing the sentence of the Law. This was done to prevent false accusations by the prospect that they must be employed as executioners. After they had commenced the process of execution, all the people joined in it, Deuteronomy 17:7; Leviticus 24:16.

    Laid down their clothes - Their "outer garments." They were accustomed to lay these aside when they ran or worked. See the notes on Matthew 5:40.

    At a young man's feet ... - That is, they procured him to take care of their garments. This is mentioned solely because Saul, or Paul, afterward became so celebrated, first as a persecutor, and then an apostle. His whole heart was in this persecution of Stephen; and he himself afterward alluded to this circumstance as an evidence of his sinfulness in persecuting the Lord Jesus, Acts 22:20.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 7:58

    7:58 The witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul - O Saul, couldst thou have believed, if one had told thee, that thou thyself shouldst be stoned in the same cause? and shouldst triumph in committing thy soul likewise to that Jesus whom thou art now blaspheming? His dying prayer reached thee, as well as many others. And the martyr Stephen, and Saul the persecutor, (afterward his brother both in faith and martyrdom,) are now joined in everlasting friendship, and dwell together in the happy company of those who have made their robes white in the blood of the Lamb.