Acts 7:22-43 Bible in Basic English

22  And Moses was trained in all the wisdom of Egypt, and was great in his words and works. 23  But when he was almost forty years old, it came into his heart to go and see his brothers, the children of Israel. 24  And seeing one of them being attacked, he went to his help and gave the Egyptian a death-blow: 25  And he was hoping that his brothers would see that God had sent him to be their saviour; but they did not see. 26  And the day after, he came to them, while they were having a fight, and would have made peace between them, saying, Sirs, you are brothers; why do you do wrong to one another? 27  But the man who was doing wrong to his neighbour, pushing him away, said, Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28  Will you put me to death as you did the Egyptian yesterday? 29  And at these words, Moses went in flight to the land of Midian, and was living there for a time, and had two sons.

30  At the end of forty years, an angel came to him in the waste land of Sinai, in the flame of a burning thorn-tree. 31  And Moses, seeing it, was full of wonder, and when he came up to have a nearer view of it, the voice of the Lord came to him, saying, 32  I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob. And Moses, shaking with fear, kept his eyes from looking at it. 33  And the Lord said, Take off the shoes from your feet, for the place where you are is holy. 34  Truly, I have seen the sorrows of my people in Egypt, and their cries have come to my ears, and I have come down to make them free: and now, come, I will send you to Egypt. 35  This Moses, whom they would not have, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge? him God sent to be a ruler and a saviour, by the hand of the angel whom he saw in the thorn-tree. 36  This man took them out, having done wonders and signs in Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the waste land, for forty years. 37  This is the same Moses, who said to the children of Israel, God will give you a prophet from among your brothers, like me. 38  This is the man who was in the church in the waste land with the angel who was talking to him in Sinai, and with our fathers; and to him were given the living words of God, so that he might give them to you. 39  By whom our fathers would not be controlled; but they put him on one side, turning back in their hearts to Egypt, 40  And saying to Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: as for this Moses, who took us out of the land of Egypt, we have no idea what has become of him. 41  And they made the image of a young ox in those days, and made an offering to it, and had joy in the work of their hands.

42  But God was turned from them and let them give worship to the stars of heaven, as it says in the book of the prophets, Did you make offerings to me of sheep and oxen for forty years in the waste land, O house of Israel? 43  And you took up the tent of Moloch and the star of the god Rephan, images which you made to give worship to them: and I will take you away, farther than Babylon.


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