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Acts 7:1-53

ESV 1 And the high priest said, "Are these things so?" MSG 1 Then the Chief Priest said, "What do you have to say for yourself?" ESV 2 And Stephen said: "Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, MSG 2 Stephen replied, "Friends, fathers, and brothers, the God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was still in Mesopotamia, before the move to Haran, ESV 3 and said to him, 'Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.' MSG 3 and told him, 'Leave your country and family and go to the land I'll show you.' ESV 4 Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God removed him from there into this land in which you are now living. MSG 4 "So he left the country of the Chaldees and moved to Haran. After the death of his father, he immigrated to this country where you now live, ESV 5 Yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child. MSG 5 but God gave him nothing, not so much as a foothold. He did promise to give the country to him and his son later on, even though Abraham had no son at the time. ESV 6 And God spoke to this effect--that his offspring would be sojourners in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and afflict them four hundred years. MSG 6 God let him know that his offspring would move to an alien country where they would be enslaved and brutalized for four hundred years. ESV 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.' MSG 7 'But,' God said, 'I will step in and take care of those slaveholders and bring my people out so they can worship me in this place.' ESV 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. MSG 8 "Then he made a covenant with him and signed it in Abraham's flesh by circumcision. When Abraham had his son Isaac, within eight days he reproduced the sign of circumcision in him. Isaac became father of Jacob, and Jacob father of twelve 'fathers,' each faithfully passing on the covenant sign. ESV 9 "And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him MSG 9 "But then those 'fathers,' burning up with jealousy, sent Joseph off to Egypt as a slave. God was right there with him, though - ESV 10 and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. MSG 10 he not only rescued him from all his troubles but brought him to the attention of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. He was so impressed with Joseph that he put him in charge of the whole country, including his own personal affairs. ESV 11 Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. MSG 11 "Later a famine descended on that entire region, stretching from Egypt to Canaan, bringing terrific hardship. Our hungry fathers looked high and low for food, but the cupboard was bare. ESV 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit. MSG 12 Jacob heard there was food in Egypt and sent our fathers to scout it out. ESV 13 And on the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family became known to Pharaoh. MSG 13 Having confirmed the report, they went back to Egypt a second time to get food. On that visit, Joseph revealed his true identity to his brothers and introduced the Jacob family to Pharaoh. ESV 14 And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all. MSG 14 Then Joseph sent for his father, Jacob, and everyone else in the family, seventy-five in all. ESV 15 And Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, he and our fathers, MSG 15 That's how the Jacob family got to Egypt. ESV 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. MSG 16 They were taken to Shechem and buried in the tomb for which Abraham paid a good price to the sons of Hamor. ESV 17 "But as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt MSG 17 "When the four hundred years were nearly up, the time God promised Abraham for deliverance, the population of our people in Egypt had become very large. ESV 18 until there arose over Egypt another king who did not know Joseph. MSG 18 And there was now a king over Egypt who had never heard of Joseph. ESV 19 He dealt shrewdly with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, so that they would not be kept alive. MSG 19 He exploited our race mercilessly. He went so far as forcing us to abandon our newborn infants, exposing them to the elements to die a cruel death. ESV 20 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, MSG 20 "In just such a time Moses was born, a most beautiful baby. He was hidden at home for three months. ESV 21 and when he was exposed, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. MSG 21 When he could be hidden no longer, he was put outside - and immediately rescued by Pharaoh's daughter, who mothered him as her own son. ESV 22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds. MSG 22 Moses was educated in the best schools in Egypt. He was equally impressive as a thinker and an athlete. ESV 23 "When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. MSG 23 "When he was forty years old, he wondered how everything was going with his Hebrew kin and went out to look things over. ESV 24 And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian. MSG 24 He saw an Egyptian abusing one of them and stepped in, avenging his underdog brother by knocking the Egyptian flat. ESV 25 He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand. MSG 25 He thought his brothers would be glad that he was on their side, and even see him as an instrument of God to deliver them. But they didn't see it that way. ESV 26 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?' MSG 26 The next day two of them were fighting and he tried to break it up, told them to shake hands and get along with each other: 'Friends, you are brothers, why are you beating up on each other?' ESV 27 But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? MSG 27 "The one who had started the fight said, 'Who put you in charge of us? ESV 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?' MSG 28 Are you going to kill me like you killed that Egyptian yesterday?' ESV 29 At this retort Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons. MSG 29 When Moses heard that, realizing that the word was out, he ran for his life and lived in exile over in Midian. During the years of exile, two sons were born to him. ESV 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. MSG 30 "Forty years later, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to him in the guise of flames of a burning bush. ESV 31 When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord: MSG 31 Moses, not believing his eyes, went up to take a closer look. He heard God's voice: ESV 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. MSG 32 'I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Frightened nearly out of his skin, Moses shut his eyes and turned away. ESV 33 Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. MSG 33 "God said, 'Kneel and pray. You are in a holy place, on holy ground. ESV 34 I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.' MSG 34 I've seen the agony of my people in Egypt. I've heard their groans. I've come to help them. So get yourself ready; I'm sending you back to Egypt.' ESV 35 "This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?'--this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. MSG 35 "This is the same Moses whom they earlier rejected, saying, 'Who put you in charge of us?' This is the Moses that God, using the angel flaming in the burning bush, sent back as ruler and redeemer. ESV 36 This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. MSG 36 He led them out of their slavery. He did wonderful things, setting up God-signs all through Egypt, down at the Red Sea, and out in the wilderness for forty years. ESV 37 This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, 'God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.' MSG 37 This is the Moses who said to his congregation, 'God will raise up a prophet just like me from your descendants.' ESV 38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us. MSG 38 This is the Moses who stood between the angel speaking at Sinai and your fathers assembled in the wilderness and took the life-giving words given to him and handed them over to us, ESV 39 Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt, MSG 39 words our fathers would have nothing to do with. ESV 40 saying to Aaron, '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.' MSG 40 whining to Aaron, 'Make us gods we can see and follow. This Moses who got us out here miles from nowhere - who knows what's happened to him!' ESV 41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands. MSG 41 That was the time when they made a calf-idol, brought sacrifices to it, and congratulated each other on the wonderful religious program they had put together. ESV 42 But God turned away and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: "'Did you bring to me slain beasts and sacrifices, during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? MSG 42 "God wasn't at all pleased; but he let them do it their way, worship every new god that came down the pike - and live with the consequences, consequences described by the prophet Amos: Did you bring me offerings of animals and grains those forty wilderness years, O Israel? ESV 43 You took up the tent of Moloch and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship; and I will send you into exile beyond Babylon.' MSG 43 Hardly. You were too busy building shrines to war gods, to sex goddesses, Worshiping them with all your might. That's why I put you in exile in Babylon. ESV 44 "Our fathers had the tent of witness in the wilderness, just as he who spoke to Moses directed him to make it, according to the pattern that he had seen. MSG 44 "And all this time our ancestors had a tent shrine for true worship, made to the exact specifications God provided Moses. ESV 45 Our fathers in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our fathers. So it was until the days of David, MSG 45 They had it with them as they followed Joshua, when God cleared the land of pagans, and still had it right down to the time of David. ESV 46 who found favor in the sight of God and asked to find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. MSG 46 David asked God for a permanent place for worship. ESV 47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him. MSG 47 But Solomon built it. ESV 48 Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says, MSG 48 "Yet that doesn't mean that Most High God lives in a building made by carpenters and masons. The prophet Isaiah put it well when he wrote, ESV 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? MSG 49 "Heaven is my throne room; I rest my feet on earth. So what kind of house will you build me?" says God. "Where I can get away and relax? ESV 50 Did not my hand make all these things?' MSG 50 It's already built, and I built it." ESV 51 "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. MSG 51 "And you continue, so bullheaded! Calluses on your hearts, flaps on your ears! Deliberately ignoring the Holy Spirit, you're just like your ancestors. ESV 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, MSG 52 Was there ever a prophet who didn't get the same treatment? Your ancestors killed anyone who dared talk about the coming of the Just One. And you've kept up the family tradition - traitors and murderers, all of you. ESV 53 you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it." MSG 53 You had God's Law handed to you by angels - gift-wrapped! - and you squandered it!"

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