And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:
"But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name's sake.
"It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.
"So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;
"But beware of men, for they will hand you over to [the] courts and scourge you in their synagogues;
and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
"But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say.
"For it is not you who speak, but [it is] the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
"Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,
"But be on your guard; for they will deliver you to [the] courts, and you will be flogged in [the] synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them.
"The gospel must first be preached to all the nations.
"When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but [it is] the Holy Spirit.
On the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem;
and Annas the high priest [was there], and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent.
When they had placed them in the center, they [began to] inquire, "By what power, or in what name, have you done this?"
When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them,
saying, "We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man's blood upon us."
But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.
"The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross.
"He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
"And we are witnesses of these things; and [so is] the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him."
But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, [including] both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen.
But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.
Then they secretly induced men to say, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and [against] God."
And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away and brought him before the Council.
They put forward false witnesses who said, "This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law;
for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us."
And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel.