Acts 7

ALT(i) 1 Then the high priest said, "Do you so hold these [things]?" 2 But he said, "Men, brothers and fathers, pay attention! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, being in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, 3 and said to him, 'Go out from your [native] land and from your relatives, and come into a land which I shall show to you.' [Gen 12:1] 4 "Then having come out from the land of [the] Chaldeans, he settled in Haran; and from there, after the death of his father, He relocated him to this land in which youp now live. 5 "And He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a stride of a foot [worth of land], and [yet] He promised to give it to him for a possession and to his seed [fig., offspring] after him, no child being to him [fig., though he had no child]. 6 "And God spoke in this way: that his seed [fig., offspring] will be a stranger in a foreign land, and they will enslave it [i.e., his seed] and will oppress [it] four hundred years. [Gen 15:12] 7 'And the nation to which they shall serve as slaves I will judge,' said God; 'and after these [things] they will come out and will sacredly serve Me in this place.' [Gen 15:14; Exod 3:12] 8 "And He gave to him a covenant of circumcision, and in this way he fathered Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac [fathered] Jacob, and Jacob the twelve patriarchs. 9 "And the patriarchs having become jealous, sold Joseph into Egypt; and [yet] God was with him, 10 and delivered him out of all his afflictions and gave to him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he appointed him [as] a ruler over Egypt and all his house. 11 "Then a famine came on the whole land of Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers were not finding food. 12 "But Jacob having heard grain being in Egypt, sent our fathers out first. 13 "And on the second [visit] Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's race [or, family] became known to Pharaoh. 14 "Then having sent [word], Joseph summoned his father Jacob and all {his} relatives, seventy five souls [fig., persons] in [all]. 15 "So Jacob went down into Egypt and came to the end [of his life], he and our fathers. 16 "And they were transferred into Shechem and were laid in the tomb which Abraham bought for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor, the [father] of Shechem. 17 "Now as the time of the promise was drawing near, [about] which God made an oath to Abraham, the people increased and were multiplied in Egypt, 18 until which [time] 'a different king arose, who had not known Joseph.' [Exod 1:8] 19 "This [king] having cunningly taken advantage of our race, oppressed our fathers to be making their infants exposed, for [them] not to be staying alive, 20 in which time Moses was born, and he was beautiful to God, who was brought up three months in the house of his father. 21 "But being placed outside, the daughter of Pharaoh took him up and brought him up as a son for herself. 22 "And Moses was educated in all [the] wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in words and deeds. 23 "Now when forty years were fulfilled to him [fig., When he was forty years old], it entered his heart [fig., mind] to visit his brothers [and sisters], the sons [and daughters] of Israel. 24 "And having seen someone being treated unjustly, he defended [him] and did justice to [fig., avenged] the one being oppressed by striking the Egyptian. 25 "Now he was assuming his brothers [and sisters] to be understanding that God [was] giving deliverance to them through his hand, but they did not understand. 26 "And the next day he appeared to them as they [were] fighting, and he [tried to] reconcile them to peace, saying, 'Men, youp are brothers! Why are youp injuring one another?' 27 "But the one injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, 'Who appointed you a ruler and a judge over us? 28 'You do not want to kill me [in the] manner which you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?' [Exod 2:14] 29 "Then Moses fled at this word, and he became a stranger in [the] land of Midian, where he fathered two sons. 30 "And forty years having been fulfilled [fig., after another forty years had passed], [the] Angel of the Lord appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 31 Then Moses having seen, began marveling at the sight. Now as he [was] approaching to look [more] closely, [the] voice of [the] Lord came to him: 32 'I [am] the God of your fathers; the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.' "Then Moses having become trembling [fig., terrified] did not dare to look closely. [Exod 3:6,15] 33 "Then the LORD said to him, 'Untie the sandal[s] from your feet, for the place on which you have stood is holy ground. 34 'Having seen I saw [fig., I have certainly seen] the oppression of My people, the [ones] in Egypt, and I heard their groaning, and I came down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.' [Exod 3:5,7,8,10] 35 "This Moses, whom they refused, saying, 'Who appointed you a ruler and a judge?'— this [man] God sent [as] a ruler and a liberator by [the] hand of [the] Angel, the One having appeared to him in the bush. 36 "This [man] led them out, having performed wonders and signs in [the] land of Egypt and in [the] Red Sea and in the wilderness [for] forty years. 37 "This is the Moses, the one having said to the sons [and daughters] of Israel, '[The] LORD our God will raise up for youp a Prophet like to me from yourp brothers. [Deut 18:15] 38 "This is the one having been in the assembly in the wilderness with the Angel, the One speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and [with] our fathers, who received a living word to give to us; 39 to whom our fathers did not want to become obedient, but they pushed [him] aside and in their heart turned back to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, 'Make for us gods who will go before us, for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.' [Exod 32:1] 41 "And in those days they made a calf and brought a sacrifice to the idol and began celebrating in the works of their hands. 42 "So God turned away and gave them over to be sacredly serving the host [fig., stars] of heaven, just as it has been written in a scroll of the prophets, 'Youp did not offer slaughtered animals and sacrifices to Me [for] forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel, did youp? 43 'Youp also took along the tabernacle of Moloch [i.e. the Canaanite-Phoenician sun god] and the star of your god Remphan [i.e. the Egyptian name for the Roman god Saturn], the images which youp made to be prostrating yourselves in worship before them. And I will relocate youp beyond Babylon.' [Amos 5:25-27] 44 "The tabernacle of the testimony was with our fathers in the wilderness, just as the One speaking to Moses gave instructions [to him] to make it according to the pattern which he had seen, 45 which also our fathers having received in turn, brought [it] in with Joshua while [taking] possession of the [land of the] nations which God drove out from [the] face [fig., presence] of our fathers, until the days of David, 46 who found favor before God and requested to find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. 47 "But Solomon built a house for Him. 48 "But the Most High does not dwell in temples made with human hands, just as the prophet says, 49 'Heaven [is] My throne, but the earth [is] a footstool for My feet. What kind of house will youp build for Me?' says the LORD, 'Or what [is] My place of rest?' 50 'My hand made all these [things], did it not?' [Isaiah 66:1,2] 51 "O stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and in ears [fig., O stubborn and obstinate people]! Youp are always resisting the Holy Spirit— like yourp fathers also youp! 52 "Which of the prophets did yourp fathers not persecute? And they killed the ones having announced beforehand about the coming of the Righteous One, of whom now youp have become betrayers and murderers, 53 who received the Law as [the] ordinances of angels and [yet] did not keep [it]." 54 Now hearing these [things], they were cut through to their hearts [fig., they were infuriated], and they began gnashing their teeth at him. 55 But being full of [the] Holy Spirit, having looked intently into heaven, he saw [the] glory of God, and Jesus having stood at [the] right hand of God. 56 And he said, "Look! I see the heavens having been opened and the Son of Humanity having stood at [the] right hand of God!" 57 But they, having cried out with a loud voice, covered their ears and rushed on him with one mind. 58 And having driven [him] outside of the city, they began stoning [him]. And the witnesses laid their cloaks down at the feet of a young man being called Saul. 59 And they kept on stoning Stephen as he [was] calling on [the Lord] and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" 60 Then having placed the knees [fig., having knelt down], he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them!" And having said this, he fell asleep [fig., died].