Acts 7:1-21 (New American Standard)

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Stephen's Defense

1 The high priest said, "Are these things so?" 2 And he said, "Hear me, 1brethren and fathers! 2The God of glory 3appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in aHaran, 3 and said to him, '4LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR RELATIVES, AND COME INTO THE LAND THAT I WILL SHOW YOU.' 4 "5Then he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in bHaran. 6From there, after his father died, God had him move to this country in which you are now living. 5 "But He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot of ground, and yet, even when he had no child, 7He promised that HE WOULD GIVE IT TO HIM AS A POSSESSION, AND TO HIS DESCENDANTS AFTER HIM. 6 "But 8God spoke to this effect, that his DESCENDANTS WOULD BE ALIENS IN A FOREIGN LAND, AND THAT THEY WOULD cBE ENSLAVED AND MISTREATED FOR FOUR HUNDRED YEARS. 7 " 'AND WHATEVER NATION TO WHICH THEY WILL BE IN BONDAGE I MYSELF WILL JUDGE,' said God, 'AND 9AFTER THAT THEY WILL COME OUT AND dSERVE ME IN THIS PLACE.' 8 "And He 10gave him ethe covenant of circumcision; and so 11Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and 12Isaac became the father of Jacob, and 13Jacob of the twelve 14patriarchs. 9 "The patriarchs 15became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. Yet God was with him, 10 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 governor over Egypt and all his household. 11 "Now 17a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction with it, and our fathers fcould find no food. 12 "But 18when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time. 13 "On the second visit 19Joseph gmade himself known to his brothers, and 20Joseph's family was disclosed to Pharaoh. 14 "Then 21Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, 22seventy-five h23persons in all. 15 "And 24Jacob went down to Egypt and there he and our fathers died. 16 "From there they were removed to i25Shechem and laid in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of jHamor in kShechem. 17 "But as the 26time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, 27the people increased and multiplied in Egypt, 18 until 28THERE AROSE ANOTHER KING OVER EGYPT WHO KNEW NOTHING ABOUT JOSEPH. 19 "It was he who took 29shrewd advantage of our race and mistreated our fathers so that they would l30expose their infants and they would not survive. 20 "It was at this time that 31Moses was born; and he was lovely min the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father's home. 21 "And after he had been set outside, 32Pharaoh's daughter ntook him away and nurtured him as her own son.
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