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Acts 7:22-43 (New American Standard)

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22 "Moses was educated in all 1the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. 23 "But when he was approaching the age of forty, 2it entered his amind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel. 24 "And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian. 25 "And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them bdeliverance cthrough him, but they did not understand. 26 "3On the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, 'Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?' 27 "But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, '4WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND JUDGE OVER US? 28 '5YOU DO NOT MEAN TO KILL ME AS YOU KILLED THE EGYPTIAN YESTERDAY, DO YOU?' 29 "At this remark, 6MOSES FLED AND BECAME AN ALIEN IN THE LAND OF dMIDIAN, where he 7became the father of two sons. 30 "After forty years had passed, 8AN ANGEL APPEARED TO HIM IN THE WILDERNESS OF MOUNT Sinai, IN THE FLAME OF A BURNING THORN BUSH. 31 "When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord: 32 '9I AM THE GOD OF YOUR FATHERS, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB.' Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look. 33 "10BUT THE LORD SAID TO HIM, '11TAKE OFF THE SANDALS FROM YOUR FEET, FOR THE PLACE ON WHICH YOU ARE STANDING IS HOLY GROUND. 34 '12I HAVE CERTAINLY SEEN THE OPPRESSION OF MY PEOPLE IN EGYPT AND HAVE HEARD THEIR GROANS, AND I HAVE COME DOWN TO RESCUE THEM; e13COME NOW, AND I WILL SEND YOU TO EGYPT.' 35 "This Moses whom they 14disowned, saying, 'WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND A JUDGE?' is the one whom God fsent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the ghelp of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush. 36 "15This man led them out, performing 16wonders and hsigns in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the 17wilderness for forty years. 37 "This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, '18GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET iLIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN.' 38 "This is the one who was in 19the jcongregation in the wilderness together with 20the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received 21living 22oracles to pass on to you. 39 "Our fathers were unwilling to be obedient to him, but 23repudiated him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt, 40 24SAYING TO AARON, 'MAKE FOR US GODS WHO WILL GO BEFORE US; FOR THIS MOSES WHO LED US OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT -WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM'. 41 "kAt that time 25they made a lcalf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in 26the works of their hands. 42 "But God 27turned away and delivered them up to mserve the nhost of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, '28IT WAS NOT TO ME THAT YOU OFFERED VICTIMS AND SACRIFICES 29FORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS, WAS IT, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL? 43 '30YOU ALSO TOOK ALONG THE TABERNACLE OF MOLOCH AND THE STAR OF THE GOD oROMPHA, THE IMAGES WHICH YOU MADE TO WORSHIP. I ALSO WILL REMOVE YOU BEYOND BABYLON.'
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