Whiston(i) 1 Then said the high priest, to Stephen, Is then this thing so? 2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers hear, The God of glory appeared unto out father Abraam, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charan, 3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. 4 Then Abraam came out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in Charan: and he was there; and when his father was dead, he removed him into this land wherein ye also do now dwell; and our fathers who were before us. 5 And he gave him no inheritance in it, no not to set his foot on: But he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when he had no child. 6 And God spake thus to him, 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 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 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so he begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day: and Isaac Jacob, and Jacob the twelve patriarchs. 9 And the patriarchs moved with envy, sold Joseph, into Egypt: but God was with him, 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 Now there came a famine over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction; and our fathers found no sustenance. 12 When therefore Jacob heard that there were provisions in Egypt, he sent out our fathers the first time, 13 And at the second Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. 14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, seventy five: 15 And Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, both he and our fathers. 16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraam bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor of Sychem. 17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had promised to Abraam, the people grew and multiplied, in Egypt, 18 Till another king arose, which did not remember Joseph. 19 The same dealt also deceitfully with our kindred, and evil entreated [our] fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live. 20 In which time Moses was born, and was fair to God, and nourished up in his fathers house three months: 21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up and nourished [him] for [her] son. 23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart lo visit his brethren the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one [of them] suffer wrong by one of that country, he defended [him,] and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. 25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood, how that God by his hand would deliver them; but they understood not. 26 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they fought, and saw them injured, and [would have] made peace between them, saying, what do ye, Men and brethren; why do ye injure one another? 27 But he that injured his neighbour, thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Wilt thou kill me as thou didst the Egyptian yesterday? 29 And Moses fled at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where be begat two sons. 30 And afterwards when his forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina, anangel of the Lord, in a flame of fire of a bush. 31 When Moses saw [it,] he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold, the Lord spake unto him, saying, 32 And Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in his words and in deeds. 32 I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraam, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold. 33 And there came a voice to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place on which thou standest is holy ground. 34 For I have seen also, I have seen the affliction of the people who 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 Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? the same did God send both a ruler and a deliverer, with the hand of an angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 He brought them out, having done wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. 37 This is that Moses who said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me. 38 This is he that was in the church, in the wilderness, with the angel who spake to him in the mount Sina, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us. 39 Because our fathers would not obey, but rejected [him,] and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, 40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him. 41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. 41 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 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of the god Rempham, figures which ye made, to worship them: and I will carry you away into the Parts of Babylon. 44 Your 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. 45 Which also our fathers that came after, brought in with Joshua into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of your fathers, unto the days of David. 46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the house of Jacob. 47 But Solomon built him an house. 48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in places made with hands as saith the prophet, 49 Heaven is my throne, and earth my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or of what kind is the place of my rest? 50 Hath not my hand made all these things? 51 Ye stiff necked, and uncircumcised in hearts and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as did also your fathers, so [do] ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not they persecuted? and they have slain those who shewed before of the coming of the just one, of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept [it.] 54 When they had heard him, they were cut to the hearts, and they gnashed [their] teeth at him. 55 But Stephen being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus the Lord standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 And cast [him] out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a certain young mans feet, called Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen, invocating and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, saying, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. And Saul was consenting unto his death.