Acts 7:1-21 Bible in Basic English

Stephen's Defense

7 1  Then the high priest said, Are these things true? 2  And he said, My brothers and fathers, give hearing. The God of glory came to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he was living in Haran, 3  And said to him, Go out of your land, and away from your family, and come into the land to which I will be your guide. 4  Then he came out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and went into Haran; and from there, when his father was dead, he was guided by God into this land, where you are living now: 5  And God gave him no heritage in it, not even enough to put his foot on: but he gave him an undertaking that he would give it to him and to his children after him, though he had no child at that time. 6  And God said that his seed would be living in a strange land, and that they would make them servants, and be cruel to them for four hundred years. 7  And I will be the judge, said God, of that nation which made them servants: and after that, they will come out and give me worship in this place. 8  And he made with him the agreement of which circumcision was the sign. And so Abraham had a son, Isaac, and gave him circumcision on the eighth day; and Isaac had a son, Jacob, and Jacob was the father of the twelve heads of the families of Israel. 9  And the brothers, moved with envy against Joseph, gave him to the Egyptians for money: but God was with him, 10  And made him free from all his troubles, and gave him wisdom and the approval of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and all his house. 11  Now there was no food to be had in all Egypt and Canaan, and there was great trouble: and our fathers were not able to get food. 12  But Jacob, hearing that there was grain in Egypt, sent out our fathers the first time. 13  And the second time his brothers had a meeting with Joseph, and Pharaoh had knowledge of Joseph's family. 14  Then Joseph sent for Jacob his father and all his family, seventy-five persons. 15  And Jacob went down to Egypt, and came to his end there, and so did our fathers; 16  And they were taken over to Shechem, and put to rest in the place which Abraham got for a price in silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

17  But when the time was near for putting into effect the undertaking which God had given to Abraham, the people were increasing in Egypt, 18  Till another king came to power, who had no knowledge of Joseph. 19  He, having evil designs against our nation, was cruel to our fathers, and they were forced to put out their young children, so that they might not go on living. 20  At which time Moses came to birth, and he was very beautiful; and he was kept for three months in his father's house: 21  And when he was put out, Pharaoh's daughter took him and kept him as her son.

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