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1 Then the high priest said, Are these things true? 1 Then the high priest asked him, "Are these charges true?"
2 And he said, My brothers and fathers, give hearing. The God of glory came to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he was living 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 to him, Go out of your land, and away from your family, and come into the land to which I will be your guide. 3 'Leave your country and your people,' God said, 'and go to the land I will show you.'
4 Then he came out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and went into Haran; and from there, when his father was dead, he was guided by God into this land, where you are living now: 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 God gave him no heritage in it, not even enough to put his foot on: but he gave him an undertaking that he would give it to him and to his children after him, though he had no child at that time. 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 said that his seed would be living in a strange land, and that they would make them servants, and be cruel to them for 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 I will be the judge, said God, of that nation which made them servants: and after that, they will come out and give me worship 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 made with him the agreement of which circumcision was the sign. And so Abraham had a son, Isaac, and gave him circumcision on the eighth day; and Isaac had a son, Jacob, and Jacob was the father of the twelve heads of the families of Israel. 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 brothers, moved with envy against Joseph, gave him to the Egyptians for money: but 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 made him free from all his troubles, and gave him wisdom and the approval of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler 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 was no food to be had in all Egypt and Canaan, and there was great trouble: and our fathers were not able to get food. 11 "Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our fathers could not find food.
12 But Jacob, hearing that there was grain in Egypt, sent out 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 the second time his brothers had a meeting with Joseph, and Pharaoh had knowledge of Joseph's family. 13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph's family.
14 Then Joseph sent for Jacob his father and all his family, seventy-five persons. 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all.
15 And Jacob went down to Egypt, and came to his end there, and so did our fathers; 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our fathers died.
16 And they were taken over to Shechem, and put to rest in the place which Abraham got for a price in silver from 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 when the time was near for putting into effect the undertaking which God had given to Abraham, the people were increasing 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 another king came to power, who had no knowledge of Joseph. 18 Then another king, who knew nothing about Joseph, became ruler of Egypt.
19 He, having evil designs against our nation, was cruel to our fathers, and they were forced to put out their young children, so that they might not go on living. 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 time Moses came to birth, and he was very beautiful; and he was kept for 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 put out, Pharaoh's daughter took him and kept him as her son. 21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh's daughter took him and brought him up as her own son.
22 And Moses was trained in all the wisdom of Egypt, and was great 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 almost forty years old, it came into his heart to go and see his brothers, the children of Israel. 23 "When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his fellow Israelites.
24 And seeing one of them being attacked, he went to his help and gave the Egyptian a death-blow: 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 was hoping that his brothers would see that God had sent him to be their saviour; but they did not see. 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 after, he came to them, while they were having a fight, and would have made peace between them, saying, Sirs, you are brothers; why do you do wrong to one 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 the man who was doing wrong to his neighbour, pushing him away, said, Who made you 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 Will you put me to death as you did the Egyptian yesterday? 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'
29 And at these words, Moses went in flight to the land of Midian, and was living there for a time, and had two sons. 29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.
30 At the end of forty years, an angel came to him in the waste land of Sinai, in the flame of a burning thorn-tree. 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 Moses, seeing it, was full of wonder, and when he came up to have a nearer view of it, the voice of the Lord came to him, saying, 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 your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob. And Moses, shaking with fear, kept his eyes from looking at it. 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, Take off the shoes from your feet, for the place where you are is holy. 33 "Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off your sandals; the place where you are standing is holy ground.
34 Truly, I have seen the sorrows of my people in Egypt, and their cries have come to my ears, and I have come down to make them free: and now, come, I will send you to 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 would not have, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge? him God sent to be a ruler and a saviour, by the hand of the angel whom he saw in the thorn-tree. 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 took them out, having done wonders and signs in Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the waste land, for 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 the same Moses, who said to the children of Israel, God will give you a prophet from among your brothers, like 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 the man who was in the church in the waste land with the angel who was talking to him in Sinai, and with our fathers; and to him were given the living words of God, so that he might give them to you. 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 By whom our fathers would not be controlled; but they put him on one side, turning back in their hearts to Egypt, 39 "But our fathers refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.
40 And saying to Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: as for this Moses, who took us out of the land of Egypt, we have no idea what has 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 the image of a young ox in those days, and made an offering to it, and had joy in the work 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 was turned from them and let them give worship to the stars of heaven, as it says in the book of the prophets, Did you make offerings to me of sheep and oxen for forty years in the waste land, 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 you took up the tent of Moloch and the star of the god Rephan, images which you made to give worship to them: and I will take you away, farther than 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 Tent of witness in the waste land, as God gave orders to Moses to make it after the design which 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 our fathers, in their turn, took with them when, with Joshua, they came into the heritage of the nations whom God was driving out before the face of our fathers, till the time 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 was pleasing to God; and he had a desire to make a holy tent 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 was the builder of his house. 47 But it was Solomon who built the house for him.
48 But still, the Most High has not his resting-place in houses made with hands, as the prophet says, 48 "However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says:
49 Heaven is the seat of my power, and earth is a resting-place for my feet: what sort of house will you make for me, says the Lord, or what is my place of 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 You whose hearts are hard and whose ears are shut to me; you are ever working against the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. 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 was not cruelly attacked by your fathers? and they put to death those who gave them the news of the coming of the Upright One; whom you have now given up and put to death; 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 You, to whom the law was given as it was ordered by angels, and who have not kept it. 53 you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it."
54 Hearing these things, they were cut to the heart and moved with wrath against him. 54 When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But he was full of the Holy Spirit, and looking up to heaven, he saw the glory of God and Jesus at 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 he said, Now I see heaven open, and the Son of man at 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 with loud cries, and stopping their ears, they made an attack on him all together, 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,
58 Driving him out of the town and stoning him: and the witnesses put their clothing 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 Stephen, while he was being stoned, made prayer to God, saying, Lord Jesus, take my spirit. 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
60 And going down on his knees, he said in a loud voice, Lord, do not make them responsible for this sin. And when he had said this, he went to his rest. 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.