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1 Then the high priest asked Stephen, "Are these accusations true?" 1 Then the high priest asked him, "Are these charges true?"
2 This was Stephen's reply: "Brothers and honorable fathers, listen to me. Our glorious God appeared to our ancestor Abraham in Mesopotamia before he moved to 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 native land and your relatives, and come 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 So Abraham left the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran until his father died. Then God brought him here to the 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 But God gave him no inheritance here, not even one square foot of land. God did promise, however, that eventually the whole country would belong to Abraham and his descendants -- though he had no children yet. 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 But God also told him that his descendants would live in a foreign country where they would be mistreated as slaves 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 punish the nation that enslaves them,' God told him, 'and in the end they will come out and 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 God also gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision at that time. And so Isaac, Abraham's son, was circumcised when he was eight days old. Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob was the father of the twelve patriarchs of the Jewish nation." 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 "These sons of Jacob were very jealous of their brother Joseph, and they 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 delivered him from his anguish. And God gave him favor before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. God also gave Joseph unusual wisdom, so that Pharaoh appointed him governor over all of Egypt and put him in charge of all the affairs of the 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 "But a famine came upon Egypt and Canaan. There was great misery for our ancestors, as they ran out of food. 11 "Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our fathers could not find food.
12 Jacob heard that there was still grain in Egypt, so he sent his sons to buy some. 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers on their first visit.
13 The second time they went, Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, and they were introduced to Pharaoh. 13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph's family.
14 Then Joseph sent for his father, Jacob, and all his relatives to come to Egypt, seventy-five persons 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. He died there, as did all his sons. 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our fathers died.
16 All of them were taken to Shechem and buried in the tomb Abraham had bought 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 "As the time drew near when God would fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt greatly increased. 17 "As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt greatly increased.
18 But then a new king came to the throne of Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph. 18 Then another king, who knew nothing about Joseph, became ruler of Egypt.
19 This king plotted against our people and forced parents to abandon their newborn babies so 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 -- a beautiful child in God's eyes. His parents cared for him 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 When at last they had to abandon him, Pharaoh's daughter found him and raised him as her own son. 21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh's daughter took him and brought him up as her own son.
22 Moses was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he became mighty in both speech and action." 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.
23 "One day when he was forty years old, he decided to visit his relatives, the people of Israel. 23 "When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his fellow Israelites.
24 During this visit, he saw an Egyptian mistreating a man of Israel. So Moses came to his defense and avenged him, 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 assumed his brothers would realize that God had sent him to rescue them, but they didn't." 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 visited them again and saw two men of Israel fighting. He tried to be a peacemaker. 'Men,' he said, 'you are brothers. Why are you hurting each other?'" 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 in the wrong pushed Moses aside and told him to mind his own business. 'Who made you a 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 'Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?' 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'
29 When Moses heard that, he fled the country and lived as a foreigner in the land of Midian, where his two sons were born." 29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.
30 "Forty years later, in the desert near Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning 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 Moses saw it and wondered what it was. As he went to see, the voice of the Lord called out 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 shook with terror 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 "And the Lord said to him, 'Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. 33 "Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off your sandals; the place where you are standing is holy ground.
34 You can be sure that I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries. So I have come to rescue them. Now go, for 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 And so God sent back the same man his people had previously rejected by demanding, 'Who made you a ruler and judge over us?' Through the angel who appeared to him in the burning bush, Moses was sent to be their ruler and savior. 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 And by means of many miraculous signs and wonders, he led them out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, and back and forth through the wilderness 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 "Moses himself told the people of Israel, 'God will raise up a Prophet like me from among 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 Moses was with the assembly of God's people in the wilderness. He was the mediator between the people of Israel and the angel who gave him life-giving words on Mount Sinai 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 rejected Moses and wanted to return 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, 'Make us some gods who can lead us, for we don't know what has become of this 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 So they made an idol shaped like a calf, and they sacrificed to it and rejoiced in this thing 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 Then God turned away from them and gave them up to serve the sun, moon, and stars as their gods! In the book of the prophets it is written, 'Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices during those forty years in the wilderness, 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 No, your real interest was in your pagan gods -- the shrine of Molech, the star god Rephan, and the images you made to worship them. So I will send you into captivity far away in 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 carried the Tabernacle with them through the wilderness. It was constructed in exact accordance with the plan shown to Moses by God. 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 Years later, when Joshua led the battles against the Gentile nations that God drove out of this land, the Tabernacle was taken with them into their new territory. And it was used there until the time of King 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 "David found favor with God and asked for the privilege of building a permanent Temple 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 actually built it. 47 But it was Solomon who built the house for him.
48 However, the Most High doesn't live in temples made 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, and the earth is my footstool. Could you ever build me a temple as good as that?' asks the Lord. 'Could you build a dwelling place for me? 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 everything in heaven and earth?' " 50 Has not my hand made all these things?'
51 "You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? But your ancestors did, 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 Name one prophet your ancestors didn't persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One -- the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. 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 deliberately disobeyed God's law, though you received it from the hands of angels." 53 you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it."
54 The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen's accusation, and they shook their fists in rage. 54 When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily upward into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God's right hand. 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 told them, "Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God's right hand!" 56 "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."
57 Then they put their hands over their ears, and drowning out his voice with their shouts, they rushed at him. 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,
58 They dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. The official witnesses took off their coats and laid them 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 as they stoned him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
60 And he fell to his knees, shouting, "Lord, don't charge them with this sin!" And with that, 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.