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1 The High Priest asked Stephen, "Is this true?" 1 Then the high priest asked him, "Are these charges true?"
2 Stephen answered, "Brothers and fathers, listen to me! Before our ancestor Abraham had gone to live in Haran, the God of glory appeared to him in Mesopotamia 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, "Leave your family and country and go to the land that I will show you.' 3 'Leave your country and your people,' God said, 'and go to the land I will show you.'
4 And so he left his country and went to live in Haran. After Abraham's father died, God made him move to this land where you now live. 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 God did not then give Abraham any part of it as his own, not even a square foot of ground, but God promised to give it to him, and that it would belong to him and to his descendants. At the time God made this promise, Abraham had no children. 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 This is what God said to him: "Your descendants will live in a foreign country, where they will be slaves and will be badly treated 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 But I will pass judgment on the people that they will serve, and afterward your descendants will come out of that country and will worship 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 Then God gave to Abraham the ceremony of circumcision as a sign of the covenant. So Abraham circumcised Isaac a week after he was born; Isaac circumcised his son Jacob, and Jacob circumcised his twelve sons, the famous ancestors of our race. 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 "Jacob's sons became jealous of their brother Joseph and sold him to be a slave in Egypt. 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 brought him safely through all his troubles. When Joseph appeared before the king of Egypt, God gave him a pleasing manner and wisdom, and the king made Joseph governor over the country and the royal household. 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 Then there was a famine all over Egypt and Canaan, which caused much suffering. Our ancestors could not find any food, 11 "Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our fathers could not find food.
12 and when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent his sons, our ancestors, on their first visit there. 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers on their first visit.
13 On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and the king of Egypt came to know about Joseph's family. 13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph's family.
14 So Joseph sent a message to his father Jacob, telling him and the whole family, seventy-five people in all, to come to Egypt. 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all.
15 Then Jacob went to Egypt, where he and his sons died. 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our fathers died.
16 Their bodies were taken to Shechem, where they were buried in the grave which Abraham had bought from the clan of Hamor for a sum of money. 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 "When the time drew near for God to keep the promise he had made to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt had grown much larger. 17 "As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt greatly increased.
18 At last a king who did not know about Joseph began to rule in Egypt. 18 Then another king, who knew nothing about Joseph, became ruler of Egypt.
19 He tricked our ancestors and was cruel to them, forcing them to put their babies out of their homes, so that they would die. 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 It was at this time that Moses was born, a very beautiful child. He was cared for at home for three months, 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 of his home, the king's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. 21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh's daughter took him and brought him up as her own son.
22 He was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians and became a great man in words and deeds. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.
23 "When Moses was forty years old, he decided to find out how his fellow Israelites were being treated. 23 "When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his fellow Israelites.
24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his help and took revenge on the Egyptian by killing him 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 (He thought that his own people would understand that God was going to use him to set them free, but they did not understand.) 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not.
26 The next day he saw two Israelites fighting, and he tried to make peace between them. "Listen, men,' he said, "you are fellow Israelites; why are you fighting like this?' 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 one who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside. "Who made you ruler and judge over us?' he asked. 27 "But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, 'Who made you ruler and judge over us?
28 "Do you want to kill me, just as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?' 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'
29 When Moses heard this, he fled from Egypt and went to live in the land of Midian. There he had two sons. 29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.
30 "After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 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 Moses was amazed by what he saw, and went near the bush to get a better look. But he heard the Lord's voice: 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 ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Moses trembled with fear and dared not look. 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 The Lord said to him, "Take your sandals off, for the place where you are standing 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 seen the cruel suffering of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groans, and I have come down to set them free. Come now; 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 "Moses is the one who was rejected by the people of Israel. "Who made you ruler and judge over us?' they asked. He is the one whom God sent to rule the people and set them free with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the burning 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 He led the people out of Egypt, performing miracles and wonders in Egypt and at the Red Sea and for forty years in the desert. 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 Moses is the one who said to the people of Israel, "God will send you a prophet, just as he sent me, and he will be one of your own people.' 37 "This is that Moses who told the Israelites, 'God will send you a prophet like me from your own people.'
38 He is the one who was with the people of Israel assembled in the desert; he was there with our ancestors and with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and he received God's living messages to pass on to 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 "But our ancestors refused to obey him; they pushed him aside and wished that they could go back to Egypt. 39 "But our fathers refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.
40 So they said to Aaron, "Make us some gods who will lead us. We do not know what has happened to that man Moses, who brought us out of Egypt.' 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 It was then that they made an idol in the shape of a bull, offered sacrifice to it, and had a feast in honor of what they themselves had made. 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 So God turned away from them and gave them over to worship the stars of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: "People of Israel! It was not to me that you slaughtered and sacrificed animals for forty years in the desert. 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 It was the tent of the god Molech that you carried, and the image of Rephan, your star god; they were idols that you had made to worship. And so I will send you into exile 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 ancestors had the Tent of God's presence with them in the desert. It had been made as God had told Moses to make it, according to the pattern that Moses had been shown. 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 Later on, our ancestors who received the tent from their fathers carried it with them when they went with Joshua and took over the land from the nations that God drove out as they advanced. And it stayed there until 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 He won God's favor and asked God to allow him to provide a dwelling place 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 it was Solomon who built him a house. 47 But it was Solomon who built the house for him.
48 "But the Most High God does not live in houses built by human 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 my throne, says the Lord, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house would you build for me? Where is the place for me to live in? 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 I myself make all these things?' 50 Has not my hand made all these things?'
51 "How stubborn you are!" Stephen went on to say. "How heathen your hearts, how deaf you are to God's message! You are just like your ancestors: you too have always resisted the Holy Spirit! 51 "You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!
52 Was there any prophet that your ancestors did not persecute? They killed God's messengers, who long ago announced the coming of his righteous Servant. And now you have betrayed and murdered him. 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 are the ones who received God's law, that was handed down by angels - yet you have not obeyed it!" 53 you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it."
54 As the members of the Council listened to Stephen, they became furious and ground their teeth at him in anger. 54 When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw God's glory and Jesus standing at the right side 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 "Look!" he said. "I see heaven opened and the Son of Man standing at the right side of God!" 56 "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."
57 With a loud cry the Council members covered their ears with their hands. Then they all rushed at him at once, 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,
58 threw him out of the city, and stoned him. The witnesses left their cloaks in the care 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 They kept on stoning Stephen as he called out to the Lord, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
60 He knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, "Lord! Do not remember this sin against them!" He said this and died. 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.