Stephen’s Speech1 And the high priest said, “Are these things so?” 2 And 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, 3 and 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. 5 Yet 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. 6 And 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. 7 ‘But 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.’ 8 And 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. 9 “And the patriarchs u jealous of Joseph, v sold him into Egypt; but w God was with him 10 and 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. 11 Now 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. 13 And ab on the second visit ac Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and ad Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14 And ae Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred af seventy-five persons in all. 15 And ag Jacob went down into Egypt, and ah he died, he ai and our fathers, 16 and 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. 17 “But al as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham am the people increased and multiplied in Egypt 18 until 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, 21 and ar when he was exposed, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. 22 And Moses as was instructed in at all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was au mighty in his words and deeds. 23 “When he was forty years old, it came into his heart av to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian. 25 He 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?’ 27 But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying ax ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ 29 At this retort ay Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian az where he became the father of two sons. 30 “Now 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. 31 When 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. 33 Then 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.’ 35 “This 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. 37 This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you bq a prophet like me from your brothers.’ 38 This 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. 39 Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and bw in their hearts they turned to Egypt, 40 saying 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.’ 41 And 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. 42 But 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?
43 You 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.’
44 “Our 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. 45 Our 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 Jacob47 But 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?
50 Did 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, 53 you who received the law dc as delivered by angels and dd did not keep it.”
The Stoning of Stephen54 Now when they heard these things de they were enraged, and they df ground their teeth at him. 55 But 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. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see dj the heavens opened, and dk the Son of Man standing dl at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together ▼
▼ Or rushed with one mindat him. 58 Then 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. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen dr he called out, “Lord Jesus ds receive my spirit.” 60 And 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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