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Acts 6:13

6:13 They brought forward false witnesses who said, “This man does not stop saying things against this holy place 1  and the law. 2 

Acts 7:58

7:58 When 3  they had driven him out of the city, they began to stone him, 4  and the witnesses laid their cloaks 5  at the feet of a young man named Saul.

1 sn This holy place is a reference to the temple.

2 sn The law refers to the law of Moses. It elaborates the nature of the blasphemy in v. 11. To speak against God’s law in Torah was to blaspheme God (Deut 28:15-19). On the Jewish view of false witnesses, see Exod 19:16-18; 20:16; m. Sanhedrin 3.6; 5.1-5. Stephen’s speech in Acts 7 may indicate why the temple was mentioned.

3 tn Grk “And when.” Because of the length of the Greek sentence and the tendency of contemporary English style to use shorter sentences, καί (kai) has not been translated here; a new sentence is begun instead.

4 sn They began to stone him. The irony of the scene is that the people do exactly what the speech complains about in v. 52.

5 tn Or “outer garments.”

sn Laid their cloaks. The outer garment, or cloak, was taken off and laid aside to leave the arms free (in this case for throwing stones).

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