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Chapter 7

Acts 7:1 Then said the high priest, Are these things so?

Acts 7:2 He said, Men, brothers, and fathers, listen; The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelled in Haran,

Acts 7:3 and said to him, Get out of your country, and from your relatives, and come into the land which I will show you.

Acts 7:4 Then he came out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelled in Haran: and from there, when his father was dead, He moved him to this land, in which you now dwell.

Acts 7:5 And He gave him no 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.

Acts 7:6 But God spoke in this way, that his seed should dwell in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage and oppress them four hundred years.

Acts 7:7 And the nation to who they will be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that will they come out, and serve Me in this place.

Acts 7:8 And He gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham fathered Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac fathered Jacob; and Jacob fathered the twelve patriarchs.

Acts 7:9 But the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

Acts 7:10 and delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, ruler of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.

Acts 7:11 Now there came a famine over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance.

Acts 7:12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.

Acts 7:13 At the second time Joseph was made known to his brothers; and Joseph’s family was made known to Pharaoh.

Acts 7:14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his family, seventy-five souls.

Acts 7:15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,

Acts 7:16 and was carried back into Shechem, and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a sum of money from the sons of Emmor the father of Shechem.

Acts 7:17 But when the time of the promise came close, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,

Acts 7:18 until another Pharaoh arose, who did not know Joseph.

Acts 7:19 The same dealt deceptively with our people, and badly treated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live.

Acts 7:20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceedingly fair, and nourished up in his father’s house three months:

Acts 7:21 when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter held him, and nourished him as her own son.

Acts 7:22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

Acts 7:23 When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel.

Acts 7:24 So seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian:

Acts 7:25 for he supposed his brothers would have understood that God by his hand would deliver them: but they did not understand.

Acts 7:26 Then the next day he showed himself to them as they argued, and would have reconciled them, and said, Sirs, you are brothers; why do you wrong one another?

Acts 7:27 But he that did his neighbor wrong thrust him away, and said, who made you a ruler and a judge over us?

Acts 7:28 Do you want to kill me, as you did the Egyptian yesterday?

Acts 7:29 Then Moses fled at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Midian, where he fathered two sons.

Acts 7:30 When forty years had passed, there appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.

Acts 7:31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the LORD came to him,

Acts 7:32 saying, I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and dared not look.

Acts 7:33 Then said the Lord to him, put off your sandals from your feet: for the place where you stand is holy ground.

Acts 7:34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of My people whom are in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you into Egypt.

Acts 7:35 This Moses who they refused, saying, who made you a ruler and a judge? The same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.

Acts 7:36 He brought them out, after he had showed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years.

Acts 7:37 This is that Moses, who said to the children of Israel, a prophet will the Lord your God raise up to you of your brothers, like me; Him you will hear.

Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the assembly in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him on the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the living oracles for us:

Acts 7:39 to whom our fathers would not obey, but rejected, and in their hearts turned back into Egypt,

Acts 7:40 saying to Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what has become of him.

Acts 7:41 Then they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifices to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

Acts 7:42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O you house of Israel, have you offered to Me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?

Acts 7:43 Yes, you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which you made to worship them: and I will take you away beyond Babylon.

Acts 7:44 Our fathers had the Tabernacle of the Testimony in the wilderness, as He had appointed, speaking to Moses, that he should make it according to the pattern that he had seen.

Acts 7:45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the nations, who God drove out before the face of our fathers, to the days of David;

Acts 7:46 Who found favor before God, and wanted to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.

Acts 7:47 But Solomon built Him a house.

Acts 7:48 However the most High dwells not in temples made with hands; as says the prophet,

Acts 7:49 Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool: what house will you build Me? Says the Lord: or what is the place of My rest?

Acts 7:50 Has not My hand made all these things?

Acts 7:51 You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears. You always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do you!

Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain those who foretold the coming of the Just One; of who you now have become the betrayers and murderers:

Acts 7:53 who have received the Law by the direction of angels, and have not kept it.

Acts 7:54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth.

Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,

Acts 7:56 and said, behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.

Acts 7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

Acts 7:58 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.

Acts 7:59 So they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

Acts 7:60 Then he knelt down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, do not charge them with this sin. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.