And Stephen said: 1
"Brothers and fathers, hear me. 2
The God 3
of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, 4
before he lived in Haran,
and said to him, 5
'Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.'
Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And 7
after his father died, 8
God removed him from there into this land in which you are now living.
Yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot's length, but promised 9
to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, 10
though he had no child.
And God spoke to this effect--that 11
his offspring would 12
be sojourners in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and afflict them 13
four hundred years.
I will judge the nation that they serve,' said God, 'and after that they shall come out 15
and worship me in this place.'
he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And 17
so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and 18
circumcised him on the eighth day, and 19
Isaac became the father of Jacob, and 20
Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.
"And the patriarchs, 21
jealous of Joseph, 22
sold him into Egypt; but 23
God was with him
and rescued him out of all his afflictions and 24
gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, 25
who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household.
there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food.
But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit.
on the second visit 29
Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and 30
Joseph's family became known to Pharaoh.
Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, 32
seventy-five persons in all.
Jacob went down into Egypt, and 34
he died, he 35
and our fathers,
they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that 37
Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.
as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham, 39
the people increased and multiplied in Egypt
until there arose over Egypt another king 40
who did not know Joseph.
He dealt shrewdly with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, 42
so that they would not be kept alive.
At this time Moses was born; and he was beautiful in God's sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father's house,
when he was exposed, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.
And Moses 45
was instructed in 46
all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was 47
mighty in his words and deeds.
"When he was forty years old, it came into his heart 48
to visit his brothers, the children of Israel.
And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian.
He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand.
And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, 'Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?'
But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, 50
'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?
Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'
At this retort 51
Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, 52
where he became the father of two sons.
"Now when forty years had passed, 53
an angel appeared to him 54
in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush.
When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord:
'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.
Then the Lord said to him, 56
'Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.
I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and 58
have heard their groaning, and 59
I have come down to deliver them. 60
And now come, I will send you to Egypt.'
"This Moses, whom they rejected, 61
saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?'--this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer 62
by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.
This man led them out, performing 64
wonders and signs 65
in Egypt and 66
at the Red Sea and 67
in the wilderness for 68
This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, 'God will raise up for you 69
a prophet like me from your brothers.'
This is the one 70
who was in the congregation in the wilderness with 71
the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. 72
He received 73
oracles to give to us.
Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and 75
in their hearts they turned to Egypt,
saying to Aaron, 76
'Make for us gods who will 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.'
they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and 78
were rejoicing in 79
the works of their hands.
God turned away and 81
gave them over to worship 82
the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: 83
"'Did you bring to me slain beasts and sacrifices, 84
during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
You took up the tent of 85
Moloch and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship; and I will send you into exile beyond Babylon.'
"Our fathers had 86
the tent of witness in the wilderness, just as he who spoke to Moses 87
directed him to make it, according to the pattern that he had seen.
Our fathers in turn 88
brought it in with Joshua when they 89
dispossessed the nations 90
that God drove out before our fathers. So it was 91
until the days of David,
who found favor in the sight of God and 93
asked to find a dwelling place for 94
the God of Jacob.
But it was 95
Solomon who built a house for him.
Yet the Most High does not dwell 97
in houses made by hands, as the prophet says,
"'Heaven is my throne, 99
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?
Did not my hand make all these things?'
"You stiff-necked people, 101
uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. 102
As your fathers did, so do you.
Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of 104
the Righteous One, 105
whom you have now betrayed and murdered,