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,