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Acts 7

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 1 Then the high priest said, "Are these things so?"

 2 And he [Stephen] said, "Men, brothers, and fathers, listen. The God of glory appeared to our forefather Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,

 3 And said to him, 'Get out of your country, and from your relatives, and come into the land that I will show you.'

 4 Then he came out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran; and from there, when his father was dead, he [God] removed him into this land, in which you now dwell.

 5 But he gave him no inheritance in it; no, not so much as to set his foot on. Yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him, when as yet he had no child.

 6 And God spoke on this basis, 'That his seed should live in a foreign land; and that they would be brought into slavery and suffer evil treatment for four hundred years.'

 7 And God said, 'I will judge the nation to whom they shall be in slavery; and after that they shall leave there and serve me in this place.'

 8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision. So Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob; and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs.

 9 And the patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt; but God was with him,

 10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt; who made him [Joseph] governor over Egypt and all his house.

 11 Now a famine occurred over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, with great affliction; and our forefathers could find no food.

 12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our forefathers there the first time.

 13 And at the second visit Joseph was made known to his brothers; and Joseph's relatives were made known to Pharaoh.

 14 Then Joseph sent word to call his father Jacob to him, with all his relatives, who numbered seventy-five souls.

 15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and he and our fathers died there,

 16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of money from the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.

 17 But when the time of the promise drew near, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,

 18 Until another king arose, who had not known Joseph.

 19 This king dealt treacherously with our people, and oppressed our forefathers, forcing them to expose their young children, so they would not live.

 20 In this time Moses was born; he was exceedingly lovely, and nourished up in his father's house for three months.

 21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.

 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

 23 And when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel.

 24 And seeing one of them suffering wrong, he defended him and avenged the oppressed man by striking the Egyptian [which killed him].

 25 For he assumed that his brothers would understand how God was to free them by his hand; but they did not understand.

 26 And the next day he appeared to two of them as they were fighting, intending to reconcile them to be at peace again, saying, 'Sirs, you are brothers; why do you injure each other? '

 27 But the one striking his neighbor pushed him away, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?

 28 Will you kill me, as you did the Egyptian yesterday?'

 29 At this saying, Moses then fled and became a alien in the land of Madian, where he fathered two sons.

 30 Now when forty years had passed, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai in a flame of fire in a bush.

 31 And when Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight; and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the LORD came to him,

 32 Saying, 'I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' Then Moses trembled, and dared not look.

 33 Then the Lord said to him, 'Take your shoes off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.

 34 I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you into Egypt.'

 35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge,' was the same whom God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the Angel that appeared to him in the bush.

 36 He brought them out [of Egypt], after he had shown wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.

 37 This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, 'A prophet will the Lord your God raise up like me from your brothers; him shall you hear.

 38 This is he, who in the assembly in the wilderness was with the Angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our forefathers, the one who received the living oracles to give to us.

 39 Whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him [Moses] from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,

 40 Saying to Aaron, 'Make us gods to go before us; for as to this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.'

 41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrificed to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

 42 Then God turned away, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, 'O you house of Israel, did you offered me slain beasts and sacrifices for forty years in the wilderness?

 43 You took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures [idols] which you made to worship. Therefore I will carry you away beyond Babylon.'

 44 Our forefathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking to Moses, that he should make it according to the pattern that he had seen.

 45 Which our forefathers who came after, brought in with Joshua into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our forefathers, until the days of David;

 46 Who found favor before God, and desired to find a tabernacle [dwelling] for the God of Jacob.

 47 But it was Solomon who built him a house.

 48 However the most High does not dwell in temples made with hands; as said the prophet,

 49 'Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool; what house will you build for me? says the Lord; or what is the place of my rest?

 50 Has not my hand made all these things?'

 51 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit; as your forefathers did, so do you.

 52 Which of the prophets have your forefathers not persecuted? And they have slain those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One; of whom you have now become the betrayers and murderers;

 53 You who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept [obeyed] it."

 54 Now when they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed their teeth at him.

 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

 56 And said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God."

 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

 58 And 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.

 59 They stoned Stephen, as he called upon God saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

 60 And he kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, do not lay this sin to their charge." And when he had said this, he fell asleep [died].


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