The highpriestsaid, "Are thesethingsso?"
And he said, "Hear me, 1brethren and fathers! 2The God of glory3appeared to our fatherAbraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in aHaran,
and said to him, '4LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR RELATIVES, AND COME INTO THE LAND THAT I WILL SHOW YOU.'
"5Then he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in bHaran. 6From there, after his fatherdied, God had him move to thiscountry in which you are nowliving.
"But He gave him noinheritance in it, not even a foot of ground, and yet, even when he had nochild, 7He promised that HE WOULD GIVE IT TO HIM AS A POSSESSION, AND TO HIS DESCENDANTSAFTER HIM.
"But 8Godspoke to thiseffect, that his DESCENDANTS WOULD BE ALIENS IN A FOREIGNLAND, AND THAT THEY WOULD cBE ENSLAVED AND MISTREATED FOR FOURHUNDREDYEARS.
" 'AND WHATEVERNATION TO WHICH THEY WILL BE IN BONDAGE I MYSELF WILL JUDGE,' saidGod, 'AND 9AFTER THAT THEY WILL COME OUT AND dSERVE ME IN THISPLACE.'
"And He 10gave him ethe covenant of circumcision; and so11Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighthday; and 12Isaac became the father of Jacob, and 13Jacob of the twelve14patriarchs.
"The patriarchs15became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. Yet God was with him,
and rescued him from all his afflictions, and 16granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governoroverEgypt and all his household.
11"Now17a faminecameoverallEgypt and Canaan, and greataffliction with it, and our fathersfcould findnofood.
"But 18when Jacobheard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the firsttime.
"On the second visit 19Josephgmade himself known to his brothers, and 20Joseph'sfamily was disclosed to Pharaoh.
14"Then21Josephsent word and invitedJacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, 22seventy-fiveh23persons in all.
"And 24Jacobwentdown to Egypt and there he and our fathersdied.
"From there they were removed to i25Shechem and laid in the tombwhichAbraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of jHamor in kShechem.
"But as the 26time of the promise was approachingwhichGod had assured to Abraham, 27the peopleincreased and multiplied in Egypt,
"It was he who took29shrewdadvantage of our race and mistreated our fathers so that they would l30expose their infants and they would not survive.
"It was at thistime that 31Moses was born; and he was lovelymin the sight of God, and he was nurturedthreemonths in his father'shome.
"And after he had been setoutside, 32Pharaoh'sdaughterntook him away and nurtured him as her ownson.