Acts 6:15
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New International Version
All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

New Living Translation
At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel's.

English Standard Version
And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Berean Study Bible
All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Berean Literal Bible
And having looked intently on him, all sitting in the Council saw his face as the face of an angel.

New American Standard Bible
And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel.

King James Bible
And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And all who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel."

International Standard Version
Then everyone who was seated in the Council glared at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

NET Bible
All who were sitting in the council looked intently at Stephen and saw his face was like the face of an angel.

New Heart English Bible
All who sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face like it was the face of an angel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And all of them who were sitting in the assembly stared at him, and they saw his face as the face of an Angel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone who sat in the council stared at him and saw that his face looked like an angel's face.

New American Standard 1977
And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as the face of an angel.

King James 2000 Bible
And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

American King James Version
And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

American Standard Version
And all that sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And all that sat in the council, looking on him, saw his face as if it had been the face of an angel.

Darby Bible Translation
And all who sat in the council, looking fixedly on him, saw his face as [the] face of an angel.

English Revised Version
And all that sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

Weymouth New Testament
At once the eyes of all who were sitting in the Sanhedrin were fastened on him, and they saw his face looking just like the face of an angel.

World English Bible
All who sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face like it was the face of an angel.

Young's Literal Translation
and gazing at him, all those sitting in the sanhedrim saw his face as it were the face of a messenger.
Study Bible
The Arrest of Stephen
14For we have heard him say that Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.” 15All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
Cross References
Matthew 5:22
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be subject to the fire of hell.

Mark 8:25
Once again Jesus placed His hands on the man's eyes, and when he opened them his sight was restored, and he could see everything clearly.

Acts 7:1
Then the high priest asked Stephen, "Are these charges true?"
Treasury of Scripture

And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

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(15) Looking stedfastly on him.--St Luke's characteristic word. (See Note on Acts 1:10.)

Saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.--We can scarcely be wrong in tracing this description to the impression made at the time on St. Paul, and reported by him to St. Luke. It must be interpreted by the account given of angels as appearing in the form of "young men" (Mark 16:5), and so throws some light upon St. Stephen's age, as being, probably, about the same standing as St. Paul, and implies that his face was lighted up as by the radiance of a divine brightness. The phrase seems to have been more or less proverbial. In the expanded version of the Book of Esther, which appears in the LXX., she says to the King, as in reverential awe, "I saw thee, O my lord, as an angel of God" (Esther 5:2). In 2Samuel 14:17, the words refer to the wisdom of David rather than to anything visible and outward. Here the impression left by St. Luke's narrative is that the face of St. Stephen was illumined at once with the glow of an ardent zeal and the serenity of a higher wisdom.

Verse 15. - Fastening their eyes for looking steadfastly, A.V. (see above, Acts 3:4). The council would naturally all look at him, in expectation of his answer to the evidence just delivered against him. In his face, illuminated with a Divine radiance, they had an answer which they would have done well to listen to (for the brightness of an angel's face, comp. Matthew 28:3; Daniel 10:6; Revelation 10:1, etc.).



And all that sat in the council,.... The whole sanhedrim,

looking steadfastly on him; to observe whether his countenance altered, his tongue stammered, or he trembled in any part of his body, neither of which appeared; but on the contrary, they

saw his face, as if it had been the face of an angel. The Ethiopic version adds, "of God"; there was such a calmness and serenity in it, which showed his innocence and unconsciousness of guilt; and such a beauty and glory upon it, that he looked as lovely and amiable as the angels of God, who when they appeared to men, it was in very glorious and splendid forms: his face might shine as Moses's did, when he came down from the mount; or in some degree as Christ's did at his transfiguration; and this might, as it ought to have been, taken as an acquittance of him by God, from the charge of blasphemy, either against God or Moses: the Jews (q) say of Phinehas, that when the Holy Ghost was upon him, his face burned or shone like lamps, and Stephen was now full of the Holy Ghost, Acts 6:5.

(q) Ceseph. Misna in Maimon. Hilch. Teshuba, c. 9. & Vajikra Rabba, sect. 1. fol. 146. 1. & sect. 21. fol. 163. 1.15. as … the face of an angel—a play of supernatural radiance attesting to all who beheld his countenance the divine calm of the spirit within. 6:8-15 When they could not answer Stephen's arguments as a disputant, they prosecuted him as a criminal, and brought false witnesses against him. And it is next to a miracle of providence, that no greater number of religious persons have been murdered in the world, by the way of perjury and pretence of law, when so many thousands hate them, who make no conscience of false oaths. Wisdom and holiness make a man's face to shine, yet will not secure men from being treated badly. What shall we say of man, a rational being, yet attempting to uphold a religious system by false witness and murder! And this has been done in numberless instances. But the blame rests not so much upon the understanding, as upon the heart of a fallen creature, which is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Yet the servant of the Lord, possessing a clear conscience, cheerful hope, and Divine consolations, may smile in the midst of danger and death.
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