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1 And the high priest said, "Is this so?" 1 Then the high priest asked him, "Are these charges true?"
2 And Stephen said: "Brethren and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopota'mia, 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, 'Depart from your land and from your kindred and go into the land which 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 departed from the land of the Chalde'ans, and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God removed him from there into this land 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 yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him in possession and to his posterity after him, 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 to this effect, that his posterity would be aliens in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and ill-treat them 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 which 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 And 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 "And 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 out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him governor 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 all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers 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 forth our fathers the first time. 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers on their first visit.
13 And at 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 And Joseph sent and called to him Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five souls; 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all.
15 and Jacob went down into Egypt. And he died, himself and our fathers, 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our fathers died.
16 and they were carried 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 of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied 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 till there arose over Egypt another king who had not known Joseph. 18 Then another king, who knew nothing about Joseph, became ruler of Egypt.
19 He dealt craftily with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, that they might not be kept alive. 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 was beautiful before God. And he was brought up for three months 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 exposed, 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 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty 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 brethren, the sons of Israel. 23 "When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his fellow Israelites.
24 And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking 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 brethren understood that God was giving them deliverance by his hand, 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 And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and would have reconciled them, saying, 'Men, you are brethren, 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 thrust him 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 At this retort Moses fled, and became an exile in the land of Mid'ian, where 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 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 it he wondered at the sight; and as he drew near to look, the voice of the Lord came, 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 fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.' And Moses trembled 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 And the Lord said to him, 'Take off the shoes 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 ill-treatment of my people that are in Egypt and heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, 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 "This Moses whom they refused, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' God sent as both ruler and deliverer by the hand of the angel that 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 and 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 for you a prophet from your brethren 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 in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; 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 fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned 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 for us gods to go before us; as for this Moses who led us out from 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 And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and rejoiced 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 and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: 'Did you offer to me slain beasts 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 And you took up the tent of Moloch, and the star of the god Rephan, the figures which you made to worship; 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 fathers had the tent of witness in the wilderness, even as he who spoke to Moses directed him to make it, according to the pattern that 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 fathers in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations which God thrust out before our fathers. So it was until the days 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 in the sight of God and asked leave to find a habitation 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 houses made with 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 earth my footstool. What 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 always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, 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 Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now 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 who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it." 53 you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it."
54 Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth against him. 54 When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.
55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, 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 and he said, "Behold, 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 cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together upon him. 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him,
58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their garments 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 were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
60 And he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, 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.