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4While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me;5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”The Ascension of Jesus 6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.11They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas 12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away.13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.14All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.15In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said,16“Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus—17for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.”18(Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out.19This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their language Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)20“For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his homestead become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it’; and ‘Let another take his position of overseer.’21So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,22beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.”23So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.24Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen25to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”26And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.Chapter 2The Coming of the Holy Spirit 1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power.”12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”Peter Addresses the Crowd 14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning.16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:17‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.18Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.19And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.20The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’22“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know—23this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law.24But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.25For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope.27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption.28You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’29“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.30Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne.31Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, ‘He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.’32This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.33Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear.34For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,35until I make your enemies your footstool.” ’36Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”The First Converts 37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”38Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.”40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.42They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.Life among the Believers 43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.44All who believed were together and had all things in common;45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts,47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.Chapter 3Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar 1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o'clock in the afternoon.2And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple.3When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms.4Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.”5And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.6But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.”7And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.8Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.9All the people saw him walking and praising God,10and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.Peter Speaks in Solomon's Portico 11While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon's Portico, utterly astonished.12When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?13The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him.14But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you,15and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.16And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.17“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.18In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer.19Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out,20so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus,21who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through his holy prophets.22Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you from your own people a prophet like me. You must listen to whatever he tells you.23And it will be that everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be utterly rooted out of the people.’24And all the prophets, as many as have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, also predicted these days.25You are the descendants of the prophets and of the covenant that God gave to your ancestors, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’26When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”Chapter 4Peter and John before the Council 1While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them,2much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead.3So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.4But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand.5The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem,6with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family.7When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders,9if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed,10let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead.11This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’12There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”13Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus.14When they saw the man who had been cured standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.15So they ordered them to leave the council while they discussed the matter with one another.16They said, “What will we do with them? For it is obvious to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable sign has been done through them; we cannot deny it.17But to keep it from spreading further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.”18So they called them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.19But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in God's sight to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge;20for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.”21After threatening them again, they let them go, finding no way to punish them because of the people, for all of them praised God for what had happened.22For the man on whom this sign of healing had been performed was more than forty years old.The Believers Pray for Boldness 23After they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them.24When they heard it, they raised their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and everything in them,25it is you who said by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant: ‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples imagine vain things?26The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers have gathered together against the Lord and against his Messiah.’27For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed,28to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.29And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness,30while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”31When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.The Believers Share Their Possessions 32Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.35They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.36There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”).37He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.Chapter 5Ananias and Sapphira 1But a man named Ananias, with the consent of his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property;2with his wife's knowledge, he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles' feet.3“Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land?4While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, were not the proceeds at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You did not lie to us but to God!”5Now when Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard of it.6The young men came and wrapped up his body, then carried him out and buried him.7After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.8Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you and your husband sold the land for such and such a price.” And she said, “Yes, that was the price.”9Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”10Immediately she fell down at his feet and died. When the young men came in they found her dead, so they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.11And great fear seized the whole church and all who heard of these things.The Apostles Heal Many 12Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico.13None of the rest dared to join them, but the people held them in high esteem.14Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women,15so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter's shadow might fall on some of them as he came by.16A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.The Apostles Are Persecuted 17Then the high priest took action; he and all who were with him (that is, the sect of the Sadducees), being filled with jealousy,18arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison.19But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors, brought them out, and said,20“Go, stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message about this life.”21When they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and went on with their teaching. When the high priest and those with him arrived, they called together the council and the whole body of the elders of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.22But when the temple police went there, they did not find them in the prison; so they returned and reported,23“We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside.”24Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were perplexed about them, wondering what might be going on.25Then someone arrived and announced, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”26Then the captain went with the temple police and brought them, but without violence, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.27When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them,28saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man's blood on us.”29But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.30The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.31God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.32And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”33When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them.34But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time.35Then he said to them, “Fellow Israelites, consider carefully what you propose to do to these men.36For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and disappeared.37After him Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered.38So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail;39but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!” They were convinced by him,40and when they had called in the apostles, they had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.41As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.42And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah. Chapter 6Seven Chosen to Serve 1Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food.2And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait on tables.3Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task,4while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.”5What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch.6They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.7The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.The Arrest of Stephen 8Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.9Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and others of those from Cilicia and Asia, stood up and argued with Stephen.10But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.11Then they secretly instigated some men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.”12They stirred up the people as well as the elders and the scribes; then they suddenly confronted him, seized him, and brought him before the council.13They set up false witnesses who said, “This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law;14for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses handed on to us.”15And all who sat in the council looked intently at him, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.Chapter 7Stephen's Speech to the Council 1Then the high priest asked him, “Are these things so?”2And Stephen replied: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,3and said to him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you.’4Then he left the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After his father died, God had him move from there to this country in which you are now living.5He did not give him any of it as a heritage, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him as his possession and to his descendants after him, even though he had no child.6And God spoke in these terms, that his descendants would be resident aliens in a country belonging to others, who would enslave them and mistreat them during four hundred years.7‘But I will judge the nation that they serve,’ said God, ‘and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.’8Then he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.9“The patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him,10and rescued him from all his afflictions, and enabled him to win favor and to show wisdom when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him ruler over Egypt and over all his household.11Now there came a famine throughout Egypt and Canaan, and great suffering, and our ancestors could find no food.12But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our ancestors there on their first visit.13On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family became known to Pharaoh.14Then Joseph sent and invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five in all;15so Jacob went down to Egypt. He himself died there as well as our ancestors,16and their bodies were brought back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.17“But as the time drew near for the fulfillment of the promise that God had made to Abraham, our people in Egypt increased and multiplied18until another king who had not known Joseph ruled over Egypt.19He dealt craftily with our race and forced our ancestors to abandon their infants so that they would die.20At this time Moses was born, and he was beautiful before God. For three months he was brought up in his father's house;21and when he was abandoned, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.22So Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in his words and deeds.23“When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his relatives, the Israelites.24When he saw one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian.25He supposed that his kinsfolk would understand that God through him was rescuing them, but they did not understand.26The next day he came to some of them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you wrong each other?’27But the man who was wronging his neighbor pushed Moses aside, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?28Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’29When he heard this, Moses fled and became a resident alien in the land of Midian. There he became the father of two sons.30“Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush.31When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to look, there came the voice of the Lord:32‘I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look.33Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.34I have surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. Come now, I will send you to Egypt.’35“It was this Moses whom they rejected when they said, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ and whom God now sent as both ruler and liberator through the angel who appeared to him in the bush.36He led them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.37This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up a prophet for you from your own people as he raised me up.’38He is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living oracles to give to us.39Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him; instead, they pushed him aside, and in their hearts they turned back to Egypt,40saying to Aaron, ‘Make gods for us who will lead the way for us; as for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.’41At that time they made a calf, offered a sacrifice to the idol, and reveled in the works of their hands.42But God turned away from them and handed them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: ‘Did you offer to me slain victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?43No; you took along the tent of Moloch, and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship; so I will remove you beyond Babylon.’44“Our ancestors had the tent of testimony in the wilderness, as God directed when he spoke to Moses, ordering him to make it according to the pattern he had seen.45Our ancestors in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our ancestors. And it was there until the time of David,46who found favor with God and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the house of Jacob.47But it was Solomon who built a house for him.48Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands; as the prophet says,49‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?50Did not my hand make all these things?’51“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are forever opposing the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do.52Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, and now you have become his betrayers and murderers.53You are the ones that received the law as ordained by angels, and yet you have not kept it.”The Stoning of Stephen 54When they heard these things, they became enraged and ground their teeth at Stephen.55But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.56“Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”57But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him.58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.59While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”60Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.Chapter 81And Saul approved of their killing him. Saul Persecutes the Church That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria.2Devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him.3But Saul was ravaging the church by entering house after house; dragging off both men and women, he committed them to prison.