Acts 8:2
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New International Version
Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.

New Living Translation
(Some devout men came and buried Stephen with great mourning.)

English Standard Version
Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.

Berean Study Bible
God-fearing men buried Stephen and mourned deeply over him.

Berean Literal Bible
Now devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.

New American Standard Bible
Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him.

King James Bible
And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Devout men buried Stephen and mourned deeply over him.

International Standard Version
Devout men buried Stephen as they mourned loudly for him.

NET Bible
Some devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him.

New Heart English Bible
Devout men buried Stephen, and lamented greatly over him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And believing men gathered up and buried Estephanos, and they grieved over him greatly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Devout men buried Stephen as they mourned loudly for him.

New American Standard 1977
And some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And devout men carried Stephen to his burial and made great lamentation over him.

King James 2000 Bible
And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

American King James Version
And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

American Standard Version
And devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And devout men took order for Stephen's funeral, and made great mourning over him.

Darby Bible Translation
And pious men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.

English Revised Version
And devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

Weymouth New Testament
A party of devout men, however, buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him.

World English Bible
Devout men buried Stephen, and lamented greatly over him.

Young's Literal Translation
and devout men carried away Stephen, and made great lamentation over him;
Study Bible
Saul Persecutes the Church
1And Saul was there, giving approval to Stephen’s death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2God-fearing men buried Stephen and mourned deeply over him. 3But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.…
Cross References
Genesis 50:10
When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and sorrowful lamentation; and he observed seven days mourning for his father.

Luke 2:25
Now there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

Acts 2:5
Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.

Acts 8:1
And Saul was there, giving approval to Stephen's death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.

Acts 8:3
But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.
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And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

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(2) And devout men carried Stephen to his burial.--It has sometimes been asserted, as e.g. by Renan (Les Aptres, p. 145), that these were proselytes. St. Luke, however, always uses a different word to describe that class (comp. Acts 13:43; Acts 13:50; Acts 16:14; Acts 17:4; Acts 17:17), and the word used here is applied by him to Simeon (Luke 2:25), to the multitude of Jews present on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:5), to Ananias as devout according to the Law (Acts 22:12). This notion must accordingly be rejected as against evidence. On the other hand, had they been members of the Church they would naturally, though perhaps not necessarily, have been described as "brethren" or "disciples." We are left therefore to the conclusion that they were Jews who had been kindled into admiration and half-conviction by the calm heroism of the martyr, and who, without committing themselves to more than that admiration, acted in his case as Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimatha had acted after the Crucifixion. They would show honour to the memory of the dead, though they had not had the courage to defend the preacher of the truth while he was yet with them. In the legend or tradition as to the death of Stephen, reported and accepted by Augustine (De Civ: Dei. xvii. 8; Serm. 318, 319; Tract. In Joann., 120), Gamaliel and Nicodemus are named as actually taking part in the entombment, and as afterwards laid in the same sepulchre, on which his name appeared in Aramaic characters as Chaliel (= garland), the equivalent in that language of the Greek Stephanos. The translation of the martyr's relics to Ancona, Minorca, and to Uzalis, and other towns in Africa, made a deep impression on Augustine, and gave occasion to some of his most eloquent sermons. Oratories were dedicated to his memory, and miraculous cures effected by prayers addressed to him. (See Butler's Lives of the Saints, Aug. 3rd.)

And made great lamentation over him.--The act was every way significant. Commonly, one who had been stoned to death on the charge of blasphemy would have had no funereal honours. He would have been buried "with the burial of an ass" (Jeremiah 22:19). The public lamentation on the part of men conspicuous for their devout zeal for the Law, was therefore of the nature of a protest, probably on the part of the more moderate section of the Pharisees, such as Joseph, Nicodemus, and Gamaliel, against what would seem to them the unnatural coalition between the Sadducean priesthood and the ultra-zealot section of their own party.

Verse 2. - Buried for carried to his burial (the last three words in italics), A.V. Devout men; ἀνδρες αὐλαβεῖς. This word is applied to Simeon (Luke 2:25), and to the Jews who were assembled at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:5), and, according to the R.T., to Ananias (Acts 22:12); but occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It is not certain, therefore, that these men were Christians, though they might be. If not, they were pious Jews, men who feared God, and still loved Stephen as being himself a devout Jew though he was a disciple. Buried. Συγκομίζω occurs only here in the New Testament; but its common use for carrying corn to a barn or granary seems to indicate that "carrying to his burial" of the A.V. is the most exact rendering. The word is said also to be applied to the acts preparatory to burial - closing the eyes, washing, anointing the body, and so on; but this meaning is less certain than that of "carrying." And devout men carried Stephen to his burial,.... These men were not Jewish proselytes, but members of the Christian church; who were eminent for their religion and piety, and who had courage enough, amidst this persecution, to show a respect to the dead body of this holy martyr; which they took from under the stones, washed it, and wound it up in linen clothes, and put it into a coffin, or on a bier: they did everything preparatory to the funeral, which, is chiefly designed by the word here used, rather than the carrying of him out to his grave; though this also they did, and buried him: and to bear a corpse and follow it to the grave, and bury it, were with the Jews (x) reckoned among acts of kindness, mercy, and piety, and which would not fail of a reward; they have a saying (y), that

"he that mourns, they shall mourn for him; and he that buries, they shalt bury him and he that lifts up (his voice in weeping lamentation), they shall lift up for him; he that accompanies (a dead corpse), they shall accompany him; he that "carries", they shall carry him;''

as these devout men did, who would not suffer Stephen to be buried in the common burying place of malefactors, but interred him elsewhere, in a more decent manner: but whether they had leave from the sanhedrim so to do, or whether they did this of themselves, is not certain; if the latter, which seems most likely, it is an instance of great boldness and resolution, and especially at this time; for

"they did not bury one that was stoned in the sepulchres of his fathers, but there were two burying places appointed by the sanhedrim, one for those that are stoned and burnt, and another for those that are slain with the sword and strangled (z).''

So that, they acted contrary to the Jewish canon, as they also did in what follows:

and made great lamentation over him; though they did not sorrow as those without hope, yet they did not put on a stoical apathy; but as men sensible of the loss the church of Christ had sustained, by the death of a person so eminent for his gifts and grace, they mourned over him in a becoming manner: in this they went contrary to the Jewish rule, which forbids lamentation for those that died as malefactors, and runs thus (a).

"they do not mourn, but they grieve; for grief is only in the heart;''

their reason for this was, as the commentators say (b), because they thought that

"their disgrace was an atonement for their sin:''

but these devout men knew that Stephen needed no such atonement, and that his sins were atoned for another way: otherwise the Jews looked upon mourning for the dead to be to the honour of him; hence they say (c), that mourning

"is the glory of the dead--whoever is backward to the mourning of a wise man shall not prolong his days; and whoever is sluggish in mourning for a good man, ought to be buried alive; and whoever causes tears to descend for a good man, lo, his reward is reserved for him with the holy blessed God.''

(x) Maimon. & Bartenora in Misn. Peah, c. 1. sect. 1.((y) T. Bab. Cetubot, fol. 72. 1. & Moed Katon, fol. 28. 2.((z) Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 6. sect. 5. (a) Misn. Sanhedrin, sect. 6. (b) Jarchi & Bartenora in ib. (c) Maimon. Hilch. Ebel, c. 12. sect. 1, 2.2. and devout men—pious Jews, probably, impressed with admiration for Stephen and secretly inclined to Christianity, but not yet openly declared.8:1-4 Though persecution must not drive us from our work, yet it may send us to work elsewhere. Wherever the established believer is driven, he carries the knowledge of the gospel, and makes known the preciousness of Christ in every place. Where a simple desire of doing good influences the heart, it will be found impossible to shut a man out from all opportunities of usefulness.
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