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This was a capital punishment enjoined in the law for certain offenses. Stones were thrown at the person until he was dead. In the case of Stephen he kneeled down. If the stones were aimed at the head a person would soon be stunned and fall. Paul was stoned and left for dead, but revived as the disciples stood around him More than once the Jews took up stones to kill the Lord, but He escaped out of their hands; His death must be by being “lifted up” from the earth (Num. 15:3535And the Lord said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. (Numbers 15:35); John 10:3131Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. (John 10:31); Acts 7:58-5958And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. 59And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. (Acts 7:58‑59); 2 Cor. 11:2525Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; (2 Corinthians 11:25)).