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1 And the high priest said, Are these things so? 1 Then the high priest asked him, "Are these charges true?"
2 And he said, Brethren and fathers, hearken: The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, 2 To this he replied: "Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran.
3 and said unto him, Get thee out of thy land, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall show thee. 3 'Leave your country and your people,' God said, 'and go to the land I will show you.'
4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Haran: and from thence, when his father was dead, [God] removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell: 4 "So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living.
5 and he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: and he promised that he would give it to him in possession, and to his seed after him, when [as yet] he had no child. 5 He gave him no inheritance here, not even a foot of ground. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child.
6 And God spake on this wise, that his seed should sojourn in a strange land, and that they should bring them into bondage, and treat them ill, four hundred years. 6 God spoke to him in this way: 'Your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years.
7 And the nation to which they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place. 7 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,' God said, 'and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.'
8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so [Abraham] begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac [begat] Jacob, and Jacob the twelve patriarchs. 8 Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs.
9 And the patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt: and God was with him, 9 "Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him
10 and delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. 10 and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt; so he made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.
11 Now there came a famine over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance. 11 "Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our fathers could not find food.
12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent forth our fathers the first time. 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers on their first visit.
13 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph's race became manifest unto Pharaoh. 13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph's family.
14 And Joseph sent, and called to him Jacob his father, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all.
15 And Jacob went down into Egypt; and he died, himself and our fathers; 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our fathers died.
16 and they were carried over unto Shechem, and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a price in silver of the sons of Hamor in Shechem. 16 Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money.
17 But as the time of the promise drew nigh which God vouchsafed unto Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, 17 "As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt greatly increased.
18 till there arose another king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph. 18 Then another king, who knew nothing about Joseph, became ruler of Egypt.
19 The same dealt craftily with our race, and ill-treated our fathers, that they should cast out their babes to the end they might not live. 19 He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our forefathers by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die.
20 At which season Moses was born, and was exceeding fair; and he was nourished three months in his father's house. 20 "At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for in his father's house.
21 and when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. 21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh's daughter took him and brought him up as her own son.
22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians; and he was mighty in his words and works. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.
23 But when he was well-nigh forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. 23 "When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his fellow Israelites.
24 And seeing one [of them] suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, smiting the Egyptian: 24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian.
25 and he supposed that his brethren understood that God by his hand was giving them deliverance; but they understood not. 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not.
26 And the day following he appeared unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? 26 The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, 'Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?'
27 But he that did his neighbor wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? 27 "But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, 'Who made you ruler and judge over us?
28 Wouldest thou kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian yesterday? 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'
29 And Moses fled at this saying, and became a sojourner in the land of Midian, where he begat two sons. 29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.
30 And when forty years were fulfilled, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 30 "After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.
31 And when Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold, there came a voice of the Lord, 31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to look more closely, he heard the Lord's voice:
32 I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob. And Moses trembled, and durst not behold. 32 'I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.' Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.
33 And the Lord said unto him, Loose the shoes from thy feet: for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 33 "Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off your sandals; the place where you are standing is holy ground.
34 I have surely seen the affliction of my people that is in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I am come down to deliver them: and now come, I will send thee into Egypt. 34 I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.'
35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? him hath God sent [to be] both a ruler and a deliverer with the hand of the angel that appeared to him in the bush. 35 "This is the same Moses whom they had rejected with the words, 'Who made you ruler and judge?' He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush.
36 This man led them forth, having wrought wonders and signs in Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years. 36 He led them out of Egypt and did wonders and miraculous signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the desert.
37 This is that Moses, who said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall God raise up unto you from among your brethren, like unto me. 37 "This is that Moses who told the Israelites, 'God will send you a prophet like me from your own people.'
38 This is he that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel that spake to him in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received living oracles to give unto us: 38 He was in the assembly in the desert, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living words to pass on to us.
39 to whom our fathers would not be obedient, but thrust him from them, and turned back in their hearts unto Egypt, 39 "But our fathers refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.
40 saying unto Aaron, Make us gods that shall go before us: for as for this Moses, who led us forth out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him. 40 They told Aaron, 'Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt--we don't know what has happened to him!'
41 And they made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands. 41 That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and held a celebration in honor of what their hands had made.
42 But God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, Did ye offer unto me slain beasts and sacrifices Forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? 42 But God turned away and gave them over to the worship of the heavenly bodies. This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets: " 'Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the desert, O house of Israel?
43 And ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, And the star of the god Rephan, The figures which ye made to worship them: And I will carry you away beyond Babylon. 43 You have lifted up the shrine of Molech and the star of your god Rephan, the idols you made to worship. Therefore I will send you into exile' beyond Babylon.
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of the testimony in the wilderness, even as he appointed who spake unto Moses, that he should make it according to the figure that he had seen. 44 "Our forefathers had the tabernacle of the Testimony with them in the desert. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen.
45 Which also our fathers, in their turn, brought in with Joshua when they entered on the possession of the nations, that God thrust out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David; 45 Having received the tabernacle, our fathers under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David,
46 who found favor in the sight of God, and asked to find a habitation for the God of Jacob. 46 who enjoyed God's favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built him a house. 47 But it was Solomon who built the house for him.
48 Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in [houses] made with hands; as saith the prophet, 48 "However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says:
49 The heaven is my throne, And the earth the footstool of my feet: What manner of house will ye build Me? saith the Lord: Or what is the place of My rest? 49 " 'Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be?
50 Did not my hand make all these things? 50 Has not my hand made all these things?'
51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye. 51 "You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!
52 Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? and they killed them that showed before of the coming of the Righteous One; of whom ye have now become betrayers and murderers; 52 Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him--
53 ye who received the law as it was ordained by angels, and kept it not. 53 you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it."
54 Now when they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 54 When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
56 and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God. 56 "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."
57 But they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and rushed upon him with one accord; 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,
58 and they cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon [the Lord], and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep.