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Acts 7 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:1 - And the high priest said, "Is this so?"

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:2 - 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,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:3 - and said to him, 'Depart from your land and from your kindred and go into the land which I will show you.'

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:4 - 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;

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:5 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:6 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:7 - 'But I will judge the nation which they serve,' said God, 'and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.'

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:8 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:9 - "And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:10 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:11 - Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:12 - But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent forth our fathers the first time.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:13 - And at the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family became known to Pharaoh.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:14 - And Joseph sent and called to him Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five souls;

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:15 - and Jacob went down into Egypt. And he died, himself and our fathers,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:16 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:17 - "But as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:18 - till there arose over Egypt another king who had not known Joseph.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:19 - He dealt craftily with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, that they might not be kept alive.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:20 - At this time Moses was born, and was beautiful before God. And he was brought up for three months in his father's house;

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:21 - and when he was exposed, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:22 - And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:23 - "When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:24 - And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking the Egyptian.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:25 - He supposed that his brethren understood that God was giving them deliverance by his hand, but they did not understand.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:26 - 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?'

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:27 - But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:28 - Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:29 - At this retort Moses fled, and became an exile in the land of Mid'ian, where he became the father of two sons.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:30 - "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.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:31 - When Moses saw it he wondered at the sight; and as he drew near to look, the voice of the Lord came,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:32 - '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.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:33 - And the Lord said to him, 'Take off the shoes from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:34 - 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.'

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:35 - "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.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:36 - He led them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:37 - 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.'

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:38 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:39 - Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:40 - 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.'

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:41 - And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and rejoiced in the works of their hands.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:42 - 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?

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:43 - 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.'

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:44 - "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.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:45 - 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,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:46 - who found favor in the sight of God and asked leave to find a habitation for the God of Jacob.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:47 - But it was Solomon who built a house for him.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:48 - Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with hands; as the prophet says,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:49 - '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?

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:50 - Did not my hand make all these things?'

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:51 - "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:52 - 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,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:53 - you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it."

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:54 - Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth against him.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:55 - 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;

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:56 - and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God."

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:57 - But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together upon him.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:58 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:59 - And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 7:60 - 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.

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