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1 Then the chief 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. The God who reveals his glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham in Mesopotamia. This happened before Abraham lived 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 God told him, 'Leave your land and your relatives. 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 "Then Abraham left the country of Chaldea and lived in the city of Haran. After his father died, God made him move from there to this land where we 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 "Yet, God didn't give Abraham anything in this land to call his own, not even a place to rest his feet. But God promised to give this land to him and to his descendants, even though Abraham didn't have a 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 God told Abraham that his descendants would be foreigners living in another country and that the people there would make them slaves and mistreat them for 400 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 God also told him, 'I will punish the people whom they will serve. After that, they will leave that country and worship me here.' 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 "God gave Abraham circumcision to confirm his promise. So when Abraham's son Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him on the eighth day. Isaac did the same to his son Jacob, and Jacob did the same to his twelve sons (the ancestors of our tribes). 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 were jealous of their brother Joseph. They sold him into slavery, and he was taken to Egypt. But God was with Joseph 9 "Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him
10 and rescued him from all his suffering. When Joseph stood in the presence of Pharaoh (the king of Egypt), God gave Joseph divine favor and wisdom so that he became ruler of Egypt and of Pharaoh's whole palace. 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 a famine throughout Egypt and Canaan brought a lot of suffering. Our ancestors couldn't find any food. 11 "Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our fathers could not find food.
12 When Jacob heard that Egypt had food, he sent our ancestors there. That was their first trip. 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers on their first visit.
13 On the second trip, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph's family. 13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph's family.
14 Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his relatives, 75 people in all. 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all.
15 So Jacob went to Egypt, and he and our ancestors died there. 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our fathers died.
16 They were taken to Shechem for burial in the tomb that Abraham purchased in Shechem from Hamor's sons. 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 that God had promised to Abraham had almost come, the number of our people in Egypt had grown very large. 17 "As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt greatly increased.
18 Then a different king, who knew nothing about Joseph, began to rule in Egypt. 18 Then another king, who knew nothing about Joseph, became ruler of Egypt.
19 This king was shrewd in the way he took advantage of our people. He mistreated our ancestors. He made them abandon their newborn babies outdoors, where 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 "At that time Moses was born, and he was a very beautiful child. His parents took care of him 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 When Moses was abandoned outdoors, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and raised him as her son. 21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh's daughter took him and brought him up as her own son.
22 So Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and became a great man in what he said and did. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.
23 When he was 40 years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 23 "When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his fellow Israelites.
24 When he saw an Israelite man being treated unfairly by an Egyptian, he defended the Israelite. He took revenge by killing 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 Moses thought his own people would understand that God was going to use him to give them freedom. But they didn't 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 Moses saw two Israelites fighting, and he tried to make peace between them. He said to them, 'Men, you are brothers. Why are you treating each other unfairly?' 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 one of the men pushed Moses aside. He asked Moses, 'Who made you our ruler and judge? 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 as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?' 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'
29 After he said that, Moses quickly left Egypt and lived in Midian as a foreigner. In Midian he fathered two sons. 29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.
30 "Forty years later, a messenger appeared to him in the flames of a burning bush in the desert of 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 surprised when he saw this. As he went closer to look at the bush, the voice of the Lord said to him, 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 began to tremble and didn't dare to look at the bush. 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 told him, 'Take off your sandals. The place where you're 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've seen how my people are mistreated in Egypt. I've heard their groaning and have come to rescue them. So now I'm sending 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 is the Moses whom the Israelites rejected by saying, 'Who made you our ruler and judge?' This is the one God sent to free them and to rule them with the help of the messenger who 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 is the man who led our ancestors out of Egypt. He is the person who did amazing things and worked miracles in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the desert for 40 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 told the Israelites, 'God will send you a prophet, an Israelite 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 Moses who was in the assembly in the desert. Our ancestors and the messenger who spoke to him on Mount Sinai were there with him. Moses received life-giving messages to give 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 were not willing to obey him. Instead, they pushed him aside, and in their hearts they turned back to Egypt. 39 "But our fathers refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.
40 They told Aaron, 'We don't know what has happened to this Moses, who led us out of Egypt. So make gods who will lead us.' 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 That was the time they made a calf. They offered a sacrifice to that false god and delighted in what they 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 let them worship the sun, moon, and stars. This is written in the book of the prophets: 'Did you bring me sacrifices and grain offerings in the desert for 40 years, nation 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 You carried along the shrine of Moloch, the star of the god Rephan, and the statues you made for yourselves to worship. I will send you into exile beyond the city of 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 "In the desert our ancestors had the tent of God's promise. Moses built this tent exactly as God had told him. He used the model 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 After our ancestors received the tent, they brought it into this land. They did this with Joshua's help when they took possession of the land from the nations that God forced out of our ancestors' way. This tent remained here 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 who won God's favor. David asked that he might provide a permanent place for the family 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 one who built a house for God. 47 But it was Solomon who built the house for him.
48 "However, the Most High doesn't live in a house built by humans, as the prophet says: 48 "However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says:
49 'The Lord says, "Heaven is my throne. The earth is my footstool. What kind of house are you going to build for me? Where will I 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 Didn't I make all these things?"' 50 Has not my hand made all these things?'
51 "How stubborn can you be? How can you be so heartless and disobedient? You're just like your ancestors. They always opposed the Holy Spirit, and 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 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors didn't persecute? They killed those who predicted that a man with God's approval would come. You have now become the people who betrayed and murdered that man. 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 people who received Moses' Teachings, which were put into effect by angels. But you haven't obeyed those teachings." 53 you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it."
54 As council members listened to Stephen, they became noticeably furious. 54 When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit. He looked into heaven, saw God's glory, and Jesus in the position of authority that God gives. 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 So Stephen said, "Look, I see heaven opened and the Son of Man in the position of authority that God has given him!" 56 "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."
57 But the council members shouted and refused to listen. Then they rushed at Stephen with one purpose in mind, 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,
58 and after they had thrown him out of the city, they began to stone him to death. The witnesses left their coats with 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 While council members were executing Stephen, he called out, "Lord Jesus, welcome my spirit." 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
60 Then he knelt down and shouted, "Lord, don't hold this sin against them." After he had said this, he 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.