Acts 7:1-21

Stephen’s Speech to the Sanhedrin

1 Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these charges true?”
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 Harran.
3 ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’[a]
4 “So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Harran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living.
5 He gave him no inheritance here, not even enough ground to set his foot on. 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 spoke to him in this way: ‘For four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated.
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.’[b]
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 “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 troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.
11 “Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our ancestors could not find food.
12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our forefathers on their first visit.
13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph’s family.
14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all.
15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our ancestors died.
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 for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt had greatly increased.
18 Then ‘a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.’[c]
19 He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our ancestors by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die.
20 “At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child.[d] For three months he was cared for by his family.
21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son.

Cross References 30

  • 1. Acts 22:1
  • 2. Psalms 29:3
  • 3. Genesis 11:31; Genesis 15:7
  • 4. Genesis 12:1
  • 5. Genesis 12:5
  • 6. Hebrews 11:13
  • 7. Genesis 12:7; Genesis 17:8; Genesis 26:3
  • 8. Exodus 1:8-11; Exodus 12:40
  • 9. Genesis 15:13,14; Exodus 3:12
  • 10. Genesis 17:9-14
  • 11. Genesis 21:2-4
  • 12. Genesis 25:26
  • 13. Genesis 29:31-35; Genesis 30:5-13,17-24; Genesis 35:16-18,22-26
  • 14. Genesis 37:4,11
  • 15. Genesis 37:28; Psalms 105:17
  • 16. Ge 39:2,21,23; Haggai 2:4
  • 17. Genesis 41:37-43; Psalms 105:20-22
  • 18. Genesis 41:54
  • 19. Genesis 42:1,2
  • 20. Genesis 45:1-4
  • 21. Genesis 45:16
  • 22. Genesis 45:9,10
  • 23. Genesis 46:26,27; Exodus 1:5; Deuteronomy 10:22
  • 24. Genesis 46:5-7; Genesis 49:33; Exodus 1:6
  • 25. Genesis 23:16-20; Genesis 33:18,19; Genesis 50:13; Joshua 24:32
  • 26. Exodus 1:7; Psalms 105:24
  • 27. Exodus 1:8
  • 28. Exodus 1:10-22
  • 29. Exodus 2:2; Hebrews 11:23
  • 30. Exodus 2:3-10

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