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1 Then the high priest asked him, "Are these things so?" 1 Then the high priest asked him, "Are these charges true?"
2 And Stephen replied: "Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he 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 and said to him, "Leave your country and your relatives 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 Then he left the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After his father died, God had him move from there to this country in which you are now living. 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 He did not give him any of it as a heritage, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him as his possession and to his descendants after him, even though 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 spoke in these terms, that his descendants would be resident aliens in a country belonging to others, who would enslave them and mistreat them during 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 judge the nation that they serve,' said God, "and after that they shall 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 Then he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of 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 "The patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into 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 rescued him from all his afflictions, and enabled him to win favor and to show wisdom when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him ruler over Egypt and over all his 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 Now there came a famine throughout Egypt and Canaan, and great suffering, and our ancestors could find no food. 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 our ancestors there on their first visit. 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 Joseph's family became known 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 and invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five in all; 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all.
15 so Jacob went down to Egypt. He himself died there as well as our ancestors, 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our fathers died.
16 and their bodies were brought back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of 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 as the time drew near for the fulfillment of the promise that God had made to Abraham, our people in Egypt increased and multiplied 17 "As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt greatly increased.
18 until another king who had not known Joseph ruled over Egypt. 18 Then another king, who knew nothing about Joseph, became ruler of Egypt.
19 He dealt craftily with our race and forced our ancestors to abandon their infants 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 At this time Moses was born, and he was beautiful before God. For three months he was brought up 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 abandoned, Pharaoh'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 So Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in his words and deeds. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.
23 "When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his relatives, the Israelites. 23 "When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his fellow Israelites.
24 When he saw one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down 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 He supposed that his kinsfolk would understand that God through him was rescuing them, 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 came to some of them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, "Men, you are brothers; why do you wrong 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 who was wronging his neighbor pushed Moses aside, saying, "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 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 When he heard this, Moses fled and became a resident alien in the land of Midian. There he became the father of two sons. 29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.
30 "Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, 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 When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to look, there came the 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 your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Moses began to tremble and did not dare to 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 Then the Lord said to him, "Take off the sandals from your feet, 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 surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. 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 "It was this Moses whom they rejected when they said, "Who made you a ruler and a judge?' and whom God now sent as both ruler and liberator through the angel 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 He led them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in 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 This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, "God will raise up a prophet for you from your own people as he raised me up.' 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 in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living oracles 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 Our ancestors were unwilling 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 saying to Aaron, "Make gods for us who will lead the way for us; as for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to 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 At that time they made a calf, offered a sacrifice to the idol, and reveled 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 away from them and handed them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: "Did you offer to me slain victims 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 No; you took along the tent of Moloch, and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship; so I will remove you 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 testimony in the wilderness, as God directed when he spoke to Moses, ordering him to make it according to the pattern 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 Our ancestors in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our ancestors. And it was 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 who found favor with God and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the house 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 a house for him. 47 But it was Solomon who built the house for him.
48 Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with 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. What kind of house will you build for me, says 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 "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are forever opposing the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do. 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 your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, and now you have become his 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 You are the ones that received the law as ordained by angels, and yet you have not kept it." 53 you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it."
54 When they heard these things, they became enraged and ground their teeth at Stephen. 54 When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing 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 "Look," he said, "I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing 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 they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,
58 Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats 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 While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
60 Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When 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.