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Acts 7

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Stephen's Speech
7
1 The high priest asked Stephen, “Are they telling the truth about you?”
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1 Then said the high priest, Are these things so?
2 Stephen answered:
7.2,3 Gn 12.1.
Friends, listen to me. Our glorious God appeared to our ancestor Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he had moved to Haran.
2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,
3 God told him, “Leave your country and your relatives and go to a land that I will show you.” 3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.
4 Then Abraham left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran.
7.4 a Gn 11.31; b Gn 12.4
After his father died, Abraham came and settled in this land where you now live.
4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.
5 God didn't give him any part of it, not even a square foot. But God did promise to give it to him and his family forever, even though Abraham didn't have any children.
7.5 Gn 12.7; 13.15; 15.18; 17.8.
5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.
6 God said that Abraham's descendants would live for a while in a foreign land. There they would be slaves and would be mistreated four hundred years.
7.6,7 Gn 15.13-15.
6 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years.
7 But he also said, “I will punish the nation that makes them slaves. Then later they will come and worship me in this place.”
7.7 Ex 3.12.
7 And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.
8 God said to Abraham, “Every son in each family must be circumcised to show that you have kept your agreement with me.” So when Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him. Later, Isaac circumcised his son Jacob, and Jacob circumcised his twelve sons.
7.8 a Gn 17.10
8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.
9 These men were our ancestors.
7.9 a Gn 37.11; b Gn 37.28; c Gn 39.2
Joseph was also one of our famous ancestors. His brothers were jealous of him and sold him as a slave to be taken to Egypt. But God was with him
9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,
10 and rescued him from all his troubles. God made him so wise that the Egyptian king Pharaoh
t 7.10 Pharaoh: A Hebrew word sometimes used for the title of the King of Egypt.
thought highly of him. The king even made Joseph governor over Egypt and put him in charge of everything he owned.
7.10 Gn 41.39
10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
11 Everywhere in Egypt and Canaan the grain crops failed. There was terrible suffering, and our ancestors could not find enough to eat.
7.11 Gn 42.1
11 Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance.
12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our ancestors there for the first time. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.
13 It was on their second trip that Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph's family.
7.13 a Gn 45.1; b Gn 45.16.
13 And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.
14 Joseph sent for his father and his relatives. In all, there were seventy-five of them.
7.14 a Gn 45.9
14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.
15 His father went to Egypt and died there, just as our ancestors did.
7.15 a Gn 46.1
15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,
16 Later their bodies were taken back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor.
7.16 Gn 23.3
16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.
17 Finally, the time came for God to do what he had promised Abraham. By then the number of our people in Egypt had greatly increased.
7.17,18 Ex 1.7,8.
17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,
18 Another king was ruling Egypt, and he didn't know anything about Joseph. 18 Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph.
19 He tricked our ancestors and was cruel to them. He even made them leave their babies outside, so they would die.
7.19 a Ex 1.10
19 The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live.
20 During this time Moses was born. He was a very beautiful child, and for three months his parents took care of him in their home.
7.20 Ex 2.2.
20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months:
exceeding fair: or, fair to God
21 Then when they were forced to leave him outside, the king's daughter found him and raised him as her own son.
7.21 Ex 2.3
21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.
22 Moses was given the best education in Egypt. He was a strong man and a powerful speaker. 22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
23 When Moses was forty years old, he wanted to help the Israelites because they were his own people.
7.23-29 Ex 2.11-15.
23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.
24 One day he saw an Egyptian mistreating one of them. So he rescued the man and killed the Egyptian. 24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:
25 Moses thought the rest of his people would realize that God was going to use him to set them free. But they didn't understand. 25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.
For: or, Now
26 The next day Moses saw two of his own people fighting, and he tried to make them stop. He said, “Men, you are both Israelites. Why are you so cruel to each other?”
26 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?
27 But the man who had started the fight pushed Moses aside and asked, “Who made you our ruler and judge?
27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?
28 Are you going to kill me, just as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?” 28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?
29 When Moses heard this, he ran away to live in the country of Midian. His two sons were born there.
7.29 Ex 18.2
29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.
30 Forty years later, an angel appeared to Moses from a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.
7.30-34 Ex 3.1-10.
30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.
31 Moses was surprised by what he saw. He went closer to get a better look, and the Lord said, 31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him,
32 “I am the God who was worshiped by your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Moses started shaking all over and didn't dare to look at the bush. 32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.
33 The Lord said to him, “Take off your sandals. The place where you are standing is holy.
33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.
34 With my own eyes I have seen the suffering of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groans and have come down to rescue them. Now I am sending you back to Egypt.” 34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.
35 This was the same Moses that the people rejected by saying, “Who made you our leader and judge?” God's angel had spoken to Moses from the bush. And God had even sent the angel to help Moses rescue the people and be their leader.
7.35 Ex 2.14.
35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.
36 In Egypt and at the Red Sea
u 7.36 Red Sea: This name comes from the Bible of the early Christians, a translation made into Greek about 200 B.C. It refers to the body of water that the Israelites crossed and was one of the marshes or fresh water lakes near the eastern part of the Nile Delta, where they lived and where the towns of Exodus 13.17—14.9 were located.
and in the desert, Moses rescued the people by working miracles and wonders for forty years.
7.36 a Ex 7.3
36 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
37 Moses is the one who told the people of Israel, “God will choose one of your people to be a prophet, just as he chose me.”
7.37 Dt 18.15
37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
like...: or, as myself
38 Moses brought our people together in the desert, and the angel spoke to him on Mount Sinai. There he was given these life-giving words to pass on to us.
7.38 Ex 19.1—20.17; Dt 5.1
38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
39 But our ancestors refused to obey Moses. They rejected him and wanted to go back to Egypt. 39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
40 The people said to Aaron, “Make some gods to lead us! Moses led us out of Egypt, but we don't know what's happened to him now.”
7.40 Ex 32.1.
40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
41 Then they made an idol in the shape of a calf. They offered sacrifices to the idol and were pleased with what they had done.
7.41 Ex 32.2
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42 God turned his back on his people and left them. Then they worshiped the stars in the sky, just as it says in the Book of the Prophets, “People of Israel, you didn't offer sacrifices and offerings to me during those forty years in the desert.
7.42,43 Am 5.25-27 (LXX).
42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
43 Instead, you carried the tent where the god Molech is worshiped, and you took along the star of your god Rephan. You made those idols and worshiped them. So now I will have you carried off beyond Babylonia.” 43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
44 The tent where our ancestors worshiped God was with them in the desert. This was the same tent that God had commanded Moses to make. And it was made like the model that Moses had seen.
7.44 Ex 25.9
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
speaking: or, who spake
45 Later it was given to our ancestors, and they took it with them when they went with Joshua. They carried the tent along as they took over the land from those people that God had chased out for them. Our ancestors used this tent until the time of King David.
7.45 Js 3.14
45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;
that...: or, having received
46 He pleased God and asked him if he could build a house of worship for the people
v 7.46 the people: Some manuscripts have “God.”
of Israel.
7.46 2S 7.1
46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
47 And it was finally King Solomon who built a house for God.
w 7.47 God: Or “the people.”
7.47 1K 6.1
47 But Solomon built him an house.
48 But the Most High God doesn't live in houses made by humans. It is just as the prophet said, when he spoke for the Lord,
48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

49 “Heaven is my throne,
7.49,50 Is 66.1,2.
and the earth
is my footstool.
What kind of house
will you build for me?
In what place will I rest?
49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
50 I have made everything.”
50 Hath not my hand made all these things?

51 You stubborn and hardheaded people! You are always fighting against the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors did.
7.51 Is 63.10.
51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
52 Is there one prophet that your ancestors didn't mistreat? They killed the prophets who told about the coming of the One Who Obeys God.
x 7.52 One Who Obeys God: That is, Jesus.
And now you have turned against him and killed him.
52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
53 Angels gave you God's Law, but you still don't obey it. 53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
Stephen Is Stoned to Death
54 When the council members heard Stephen's speech, they were angry and furious.
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
55 But Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit. He looked toward heaven, where he saw our glorious God and Jesus standing at his right side.
y 7.55 standing at his right side: The “right side” is the place of honor and power. “Standing” may mean that Jesus is welcoming Stephen (see verse 59).
55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
56 Then Stephen said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right side of God!” 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
57 The council members shouted and covered their ears. At once they all attacked Stephen
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
58 and dragged him out of the city. Then they started throwing stones at him. The men who had brought charges against him put their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
z 7.58 Saul: Better known as Paul, who became a famous follower of Jesus.
58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.
59 As Stephen was being stoned to death, he called out, “Lord Jesus, please welcome me!”
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 He knelt down and shouted, “Lord, don't blame them for what they have done.” Then he died. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

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