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1 Then the High Priest asked him, "Are these statements true?" 1 Then the high priest asked him, "Are these charges true?"
2 The reply of Stephen was, "Sirs--brethren and fathers--listen to me. God Most Glorious appeared to our forefather Abraham when he was living in Mesopotamia, before he settled 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 into whatever land I point out to you.' 3 'Leave your country and your people,' God said, 'and go to the land I will show you.'
4 "Thereupon he left Chaldaea and settled in Haran till after the death of his father, when God caused him to remove into this country 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 he gave him no inheritance in it, no, not a single square yard of ground. And yet He promised to bestow the land as a permanent possession on him and his posterity after him--and promised this at a time when Abraham was childless. 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 declared that Abraham's posterity should for four hundred years make their home in a country not their own, and be reduced to slavery and be oppressed. 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 the nation, whichever it is, that enslaves them, I will judge,' said God; `and afterwards they shall come out, and they shall 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 under this Covenant he became the father of Isaac--whom he circumcised on the eighth day. Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father 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 were jealous of Joseph and sold him into slavery 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 all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him governor over Egypt and all 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 But there came a famine throughout the whole of Egypt and Canaan--and great distress--so that our forefathers could find no food. 11 "Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our fathers could not find food.
12 When, however, Jacob heard that there was wheat to be had, he sent our forefathers into Egypt; that was the first time. 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers on their first visit.
13 On their second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Pharaoh was informed of Joseph's parentage. 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 family, numbering seventy-five persons, to come to him, 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all.
15 and Jacob went down into Egypt. There he died, and so did our forefathers, 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our fathers died.
16 and they were taken to Shechem and were laid in the tomb which Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a sum of money paid in silver. 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 fulfilment of the promise which God had made to Abraham, the people became many times more numerous 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 until there arose a foreign king over Egypt who knew nothing of Joseph. 18 Then another king, who knew nothing about Joseph, became ruler of Egypt.
19 He adopted a crafty policy towards our race, and oppressed our forefathers, making them cast out their infants so that they might not be permitted to live. 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--a wonderfully beautiful child; and for three months he was cared for 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 At length he was cast out, but 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 educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and possessed great influence through his eloquence and his achievements. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.
23 "And when he was just forty years old, it occurred to him to visit his brethren the descendants of Israel. 23 "When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his fellow Israelites.
24 Seeing one of them wrongfully treated he took his part, and secured justice for the ill-treated man 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 his brethren to be aware that by him God was sending them deliverance; this, however, 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, also, he came and found two of them fighting, and he endeavoured to make peace between them. "`Sirs,' he said, `you are brothers. Why are you wronging 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 the wrong resented his interference, and asked, "`Who appointed you magistrate and 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 mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?' 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'
29 "Alarmed at this question, Moses fled from the country and went to live 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 "But at the end of forty years there appeared to him in the Desert of Mount Sinai an angel in the middle of a flame of fire in a 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 this he wondered at the sight; but on his going up to look further, the voice of the Lord was heard, 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 forefathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob.' "Quaking with fear Moses did not dare gaze. 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 "`Take off your shoes,' said the Lord, `for the spot on which 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, yes, I have seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt and have heard their groans, and I have come down to deliver them. And 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 "The Moses whom they rejected, asking him, `Who appointed you magistrate and judge?' --that same Moses we find God sending as a magistrate and a deliverer by the help of 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 This was he who brought them out, after performing marvels and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea, and in the Desert 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 descendants of Israel, "`God will raise up a Prophet for you, from among your brethren, just 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 `This is he who was among the Congregation in the Desert, together with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai and with our forefathers, who received ever-living utterances to hand 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 "Our forefathers, however, would not submit to him, but spurned his authority and in their hearts 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 said to Aaron, "`Make gods for us, to march in front of us; for as for this Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know 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 "Moreover they made a calf at that time, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and kept rejoicing in the gods which their own hands 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 from them and gave them up to the worship of the Host of Heaven, as it is written in the Book of the Prophets, "'Were they victims and sacrifices which you offered Me, forty years in the Desert, 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 Yes, you lifted up Moloch's tent and the Star of the God Rephan--the images which you made in order to worship them; and 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 forefathers had the Tent of the Testimony in the Desert, built as He who spoke to Moses had instructed him to make it in imitation of the model 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 That Tent was bequeathed to the next generation of our forefathers. Under Joshua they brought it with them when they were taking possession of the land of the Gentile nations, whom God drove out before them. So it continued till David's time. 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 obtained favour with God, and asked leave 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 a house for Him. 47 But it was Solomon who built the house for him.
48 Yet the Most High does not dwell in buildings erected by men's hands. But, as the Prophet declares, 48 "However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says:
49 "`The sky is My throne, and earth is the footstool for My feet. What kind of house will you build for Me, says the Lord, or what resting place shall I have? 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 form this universe.' 50 Has not my hand made all these things?'
51 "O stiff-necked men, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you also are continually at strife with the Holy Spirit--just as your forefathers were. 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 not your forefathers persecute? Yes, they killed those who announced beforehand the advent of the righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become-- 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 who received the Law given through angels, and yet 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 they listened to these words, they became infuriated and gnashed their teeth at him. 54 When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But, full of the Holy Spirit and looking up to Heaven, Stephen saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing 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 "I can see Heaven wide open," he said, "and the Son of Man standing 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 Upon this, with a loud outcry they stopped their ears, rushed upon Stephen in a body, 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,
58 dragged him out of the city, and stoned him, the witnesses throwing off their outer garments and giving them into the care of a young man called 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 So they stoned Stephen, while he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
60 Then, rising on his knees, he cried aloud, "Lord, do not reckon this sin against them." And with these words he fell asleep. 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.