eCited from Gen. 12:1
f[See ver. 2 above]
kCited from Gen. 15:13, 14
anCited from Ex. 1:8
bcCited from Ex. 3:6
bxCited from Ex. 32:1, 23
ceCited from Amos 5:25-27
dl[See ver. 55 above]

Acts 7

Stephen’s Speech

1And the high priest said, “Are these things so?” 2And Stephen said:

a  Brothers and fathers, hear me. b  The God c  of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia d  before he lived in Haran,
3and said to him e  Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.’ 4 f  Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And g  after his father died h  God removed him from there into this land in which you are now living. 5Yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot’s length, but promised i  to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him j  though he had no child. 6And God spoke to this effect—that k  his offspring would l  be sojourners in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and afflict them m  four hundred years. 7But n  I will judge the nation that they serve,’ said God, ‘and after that they shall come out o  and worship me in this place.’ 8And p  he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And q  so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and r  circumcised him on the eighth day, and s  Isaac became the father of Jacob, and t  Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.

9And the patriarchs u  jealous of Joseph, v  sold him into Egypt; but w  God was with him 10and rescued him out of all his afflictions and x  gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt y  who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. 11Now z  there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. 12 aa  But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit. 13And ab  on the second visit ac  Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and ad  Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14And ae  Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred af  seventy-five persons in all. 15And ag  Jacob went down into Egypt, and ah  he died, he ai  and our fathers, 16and aj  they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that ak  Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

17But al  as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham am  the people increased and multiplied in Egypt 18until there arose over Egypt another king an  who did not know Joseph. 19 ao  He dealt shrewdly with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants ap  so that they would not be kept alive. 20 aq  At this time Moses was born; and he was beautiful in God’s sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father’s house, 21and ar  when he was exposed, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. 22And Moses as  was instructed in at  all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was au  mighty in his words and deeds.

23When he was forty years old, it came into his heart av  to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. 24And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian. 25He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand. 26 aw  And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?’ 27But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying ax  Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ 29At this retort ay  Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian az  where he became the father of two sons.

30Now when forty years had passed ba  an angel appeared to him bb  in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 31When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord: 32 bc  I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and did not dare to look. 33Then the Lord said to him bd  Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 be  I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and bf  have heard their groaning, and bg  I have come down to deliver them. bh  And now come, I will send you to Egypt.’

35This Moses, whom they rejected bi  saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’—this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer bj  by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 bk  This man led them out, performing bl  wonders and signs bm  in Egypt and bn  at the Red Sea and bo  in the wilderness for bp  forty years. 37This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you bq  a prophet like me from your brothers.’ 38This is the one br  who was in the congregation in the wilderness with bs  the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. bt  He received bu  living bv  oracles to give to us. 39Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and bw  in their hearts they turned to Egypt, 40saying to Aaron bx  Make for us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 41And by  they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and bz  were rejoicing in ca  the works of their hands. 42But cb  God turned away and cc  gave them over to worship cd  the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets:

ce  “‘Did you bring to me slain beasts and sacrifices,
cf  during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
43You took up the tent of cg  Moloch
and the star of your god Rephan,
the images that you made to worship;
and I will send you into exile beyond Babylon.’

44Our fathers had ch  the tent of witness in the wilderness, just as he who spoke to Moses ci  directed him to make it, according to the pattern that he had seen. 45Our fathers in turn cj  brought it in with Joshua when they ck  dispossessed the nations cl  that God drove out before our fathers. So it was cm  until the days of David, 46 cn  who found favor in the sight of God and co  asked to find a dwelling place for cp  the God of Jacob.
Some manuscripts for the house of Jacob
47But it was cr  Solomon who built a house for him. 48 cs  Yet the Most High does not dwell ct  in houses made by hands, as the prophet says,

49 cu  “‘Heaven is my throne,
cv  and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord,
or what is the place of my rest?
50Did not my hand make all these things?’

51 cw  “You stiff-necked people, cx  uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. cy  As your fathers did, so do you. 52 cz  Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of da  the Righteous One db  whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53you who received the law dc  as delivered by angels and dd  did not keep it.”

The Stoning of Stephen

54Now when they heard these things de  they were enraged, and they df  ground their teeth at him. 55But he dg  full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw dh  the glory of God, and Jesus standing di  at the right hand of God. 56And he said, “Behold, I see dj  the heavens opened, and dk  the Son of Man standing dl  at the right hand of God.” 57But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together
Or  rushed with one mind
at him.
58Then dn  they cast him out of the city and do  stoned him. And dp  the witnesses laid down their garments dq  at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59And as they were stoning Stephen dr  he called out, “Lord Jesus ds  receive my spirit.” 60And dt  falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice du  Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this dv  he fell asleep.

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