Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)--Jews of Cyrene1 and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia2 and Asia.3 These men began to argue with Stephen,
but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.411
Then they secretly5 persuaded some men to say, "We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God."612
So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin.713
They produced false witnesses,8 who testified, "This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place9 and against the law.
For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place10 and change the customs Moses handed down to us."1115
All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin12 looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.