Acts 7:59
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New International Version
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

New Living Translation
As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

English Standard Version
And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

New American Standard Bible
They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"

King James Bible
And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They were stoning Stephen as he called out: "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"

International Standard Version
As they continued to stone Stephen, he kept praying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"

NET Bible
They continued to stone Stephen while he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were stoning Estephanos as he prayed and said, “Our Lord Yeshua, accept my spirit!”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
While council members were executing Stephen, he called out, "Lord Jesus, welcome my spirit."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they stoned Stephen calling upon God and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

American King James Version
And they stoned Stephen, calling on God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

American Standard Version
And they stoned Stephen, calling upon the Lord , and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.

Darby Bible Translation
And they stoned Stephen, praying, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

English Revised Version
And they stoned Stephen, calling upon the Lord, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

Weymouth New Testament
So they stoned Stephen, while he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

World English Bible
They stoned Stephen as he called out, saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"

Young's Literal Translation
and they were stoning Stephen, calling and saying, 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:54-60 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 great, yet if they would lay it to their hearts, God would not lay it to their charge. Stephen died as much in a hurry as ever any man did, yet, when he died, the words used are, he fell asleep; he applied himself to his dying work with as much composure as if he had been going to sleep. He shall awake again in the morning of the resurrection, to be received into the presence of the Lord, where is fulness of joy, and to share the pleasures that are at his right hand, for evermore.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 59. - The Lord (in italics) for God (in italics), A.V. The A.V. is certainly not justified by the context, because the words which follow, "Lord Jesus," show to whom the invocation was made, even to him whom he saw standing at the right hand of God. At the same time, the request, Receive my spirit, was a striking acknowledgment of the divinity of Christ. Only he who gave the spirit could receive it back again, and keep it safe unto the resurrection. Compare "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God,.... As he was praying, and putting up the following petition;

and saying, Lord Jesus receive my Spirit; from whence we learn, that the spirit or soul of man sleeps not, nor dies with the body, but remains after death; that Jesus Christ is a fit person to commit and commend the care of the soul unto immediately upon its separation; and that he must be truly and properly God; not only because he is equal to such a charge, which none but God is, but because divine worship and adoration are here given him. This is so glaring a proof of prayer being made unto him, that some Socinians, perceiving the force of it, would read the word Jesus in the genitive case, thus; "Lord of Jesus receive my Spirit": as if the prayer was made to the Father of Christ, when it is Jesus he saw standing at the right hand of God, whom he invokes, and who is so frequently called Lord Jesus; whereas the Father is never called the Lord of Jesus; and besides, these words are used in like manner in the vocative case, in Revelation 22:20 to which may be added, that the Syriac version reads, "our Lord Jesus"; and the Ethiopic version, "my Lord Jesus".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

59, 60. calling upon God and saying, Lord Jesus, &c.—An unhappy supplement of our translators is the word "God" here; as if, while addressing the Son, he was really calling upon the Father. The sense is perfectly clear without any supplement at all—"calling upon [invoking] and saying, Lord Jesus"; Christ being the Person directly invoked and addressed by name (compare Ac 9:14). Even Grotius, De Wette, Meyer, &c., admit this, adding several other examples of direct prayer to Christ; and Pliny, in his well-known letter to the Emperor Trajan (A.D. 110 or 111), says it was part of the regular Christian service to sing, in alternate strains, a hymn to Christ as God.

Lord Jesus, receive my spirit—In presenting to Jesus the identical prayer which He Himself had on the cross offered to His Father, Stephen renders to his glorified Lord absolute divine worship, in the most sublime form, and at the most solemn moment of his life. In this commitment of his spirit to Jesus, Paul afterwards followed his footsteps with a calm, exultant confidence that with Him it was safe for eternity (2Ti 1:12).

Acts 7:59 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Stoning of Stephen
58When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" 60Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them!" Having said this, he fell asleep.
Cross References
1 Kings 21:13
Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, "Naboth has cursed both God and the king." So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death.

Psalm 31:5
Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, LORD, my faithful God.

Ecclesiastes 12:7
and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Acts 9:14
And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name."

Acts 9:21
All those who heard him were astonished and asked, "Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn't he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?"

Acts 22:16
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.'

Romans 10:12
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,

1 Corinthians 1:2
To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ--their Lord and ours:

2 Timothy 2:22
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Treasury of Scripture

And they stoned Stephen, calling on God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

calling.

Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the name of …

Acts 9:14,21 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all that …

Acts 22:16 And now why tarry you? arise, and be baptized, and wash away your …

Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the name of …

Romans 10:12-14 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the …

1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified …

Lord.

Psalm 31:5 Into your hand I commit my spirit: you have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.

Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into …

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