Acts 7-8 American Standard Version

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Stephen's Defense

7 1  And the high priest said, Are these things so? 2  And he said, Brethren and fathers, hearken: The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, 3  and said unto him, Get thee out of thy land, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall show thee. 4  Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Haran: and from thence, when his father was dead, [God] removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell: 5  and he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: and he promised that he would give it to him in possession, and to his seed after him, when [as yet] he had no child. 6  And God spake on this wise, that his seed should sojourn in a strange land, and that they should bring them into bondage, and treat them ill, four hundred years. 7  And the nation to which 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 [Abraham] begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac [begat] Jacob, and Jacob the twelve patriarchs. 9  And the patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt: and God was with him, 10  and delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. 11  Now there came a famine over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance. 12  But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent forth our fathers the first time. 13  And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph's race became manifest unto Pharaoh. 14  And Joseph sent, and called to him Jacob his father, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. 15  And Jacob went down into Egypt; and he died, himself and our fathers; 16  and they were carried over unto Shechem, and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a price in silver of the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

17  But as the time of the promise drew nigh which God vouchsafed unto Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, 18  till there arose another king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph. 19  The same dealt craftily with our race, and ill-treated our fathers, that they should cast out their babes to the end they might not live. 20  At which season Moses was born, and was exceeding fair; and he was nourished three months in his father's house. 21  and when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. 22  And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians; and he was mighty in his words and works. 23  But when he was well-nigh forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. 24  And seeing one [of them] suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, smiting the Egyptian: 25  and he supposed that his brethren understood that God by his hand was giving them deliverance; but they understood not. 26  And the day following he appeared unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? 27  But he that did his neighbor wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? 28  Wouldest thou kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian yesterday? 29  And Moses fled at this saying, and became a sojourner in the land of Midian, where he begat two sons.

30  And when forty years were fulfilled, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 31  And when Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold, there came a voice of the Lord, 32  I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob. And Moses trembled, and durst not behold. 33  And the Lord said unto him, Loose the shoes from thy feet: for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 34  I have surely seen the affliction of my people that is in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I 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? him hath God sent [to be] both a ruler and a deliverer with the hand of the angel that appeared to him in the bush. 36  This man led them forth, having wrought wonders and signs in 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 from among your brethren, like unto me. 38  This is he that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel that spake to him in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received living oracles to give unto us: 39  to whom our fathers would not be obedient, but thrust him from them, and turned back in their hearts unto Egypt, 40  saying unto Aaron, Make us gods that shall go before us: for as for this Moses, who led us forth out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him. 41  And they made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands.

42  But God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, Did ye offer unto me slain beasts and sacrifices Forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? 43  And ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, And the star of the god Rephan, The figures which ye made to worship them: And I will carry you away beyond Babylon. 44  Our fathers had the tabernacle of the testimony in the wilderness, even as he appointed who spake unto Moses, that he should make it according to the figure that he had seen. 45  Which also our fathers, in their turn, brought in with Joshua when they entered on the possession of the nations, that God thrust out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David; 46  who found favor in the sight of God, and asked to find a habitation for the God of Jacob. 47  But Solomon built him a house. 48  Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in [houses] made with hands; as saith the prophet, 49  The heaven is my throne, And the earth the footstool of my feet: What manner of house will ye build Me? saith the Lord: Or what is the place of My rest? 50  Did not my hand make all these things?

51  Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye. 52  Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? and they killed them that showed before of the coming of the Righteous One; of whom ye have now become betrayers and murderers; 53  ye who received the law as it was ordained by angels, and kept it not.

The Stoning of Stephen

54  Now when they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55  But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus 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  But they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and rushed upon him with one accord; 58  and 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. 59  And they stoned Stephen, calling upon [the Lord], and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60  And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Saul Persecutes the Church

8 1  And Saul was consenting unto his death. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church which was in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2  And devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him. 3  But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every house, and dragging men and women committed them to prison.

The Gospel Preached in Samaria

4  They therefore that were scattered abroad, went about preaching the word. 5  And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ. 6  And the multitudes gave heed with one accord unto the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard, and saw the signs which he did. 7  For [from] many of those that had unclean spirits, they came out, crying with a loud voice: and many that were palsied, and that were lame, were healed. 8  And there was much joy in that city. 9  But there was a certain man, Simon by name, who beforetime in the city used sorcery, and amazed the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 10  to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is that power of God which is called Great. 11  And they gave heed to him, because that of long time he had amazed them with his sorceries. 12  But when they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13  And Simon also himself believed: and being baptized, he continued with Philip; and beholding signs and great miracles wrought, he was amazed.

14  Now when the apostles that were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15  who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit: 16  for as yet it was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 17  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18  Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19  saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit. 20  But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of God with money. 21  Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right before God. 22  Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray the Lord, if perhaps the thought of thy heart shall be forgiven thee. 23  For I see that thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity. 24  And Simon answered and said, Pray ye for me to the Lord, that none of the things which ye have spoken come upon me. 25  They therefore, when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

26  But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert. 27  And he arose and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship; 28  and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29  And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30  And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31  And he said, How can I, except some one shall guide me? And he besought Philip to come up and sit with him. 32  Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb, So he openeth not his mouth: 33  In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: His generation who shall declare? For his life is taken from the earth. 34  And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other? 35  And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached unto him Jesus. 36  And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, [here is] water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37  [And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.] 38  And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39  And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing. 40  But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

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