Acts 7:59

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

Acts 7:59 in Other Translations

KJV
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
ESV
59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
NLT
59 As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
MSG
59 As the rocks rained down, Stephen prayed, "Master Jesus, take my life."
CSB
59 They were stoning Stephen as he called out: "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"

Acts 7:59 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 7:59

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".

Acts 7:59 In-Context

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,
58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 31:5; Luke 23:46