Acts 7:1-21 Darby’s Translation

Stephen's Defense

7 1  And the high priest said, Are these things then so? 2  And he said, Brethren and fathers, hearken. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, 3  and said to him, Go out of thy land and out of thy kindred, and come into the land which I will shew thee. 4  Then going out of the land of the Chaldeans he dwelt in Charran, and thence, after his father died, he removed him into this land in which ye now dwell. 5  And he did not give him an inheritance in it, not even what his foot could stand on; and promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when he had no child. 6  And God spoke thus: His seed shall be a sojourner in a strange land, and they shall enslave them and evil entreat [them] four hundred years; 7  and the nation to which they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God; and after these things they shall come forth and serve me in this place. 8  And he gave to him [the] covenant of circumcision; and thus he begat Isaac and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac Jacob, and Jacob the twelve patriarchs. 9  And the patriarchs, envying Joseph, sold him away into Egypt. And God was with him, 10  and delivered him out of all his tribulations, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he appointed him chief over Egypt and all his house. 11  But a famine came upon all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and great distress, and our fathers found no food. 12  But Jacob, having heard of there being corn in Egypt, sent out our fathers first; 13  and the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren, and the family of Joseph became known to Pharaoh. 14  And Joseph sent and called down to him his father Jacob and all [his] kindred, seventy-five souls. 15  And Jacob went down into Egypt and died, he and our fathers, 16  and were carried over to Sychem and placed in the sepulchre which Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the [father] of Sychem.

17  But as the time of promise drew near which God had promised to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt, 18  until another king over Egypt arose who did not know Joseph. 19  He dealt subtilly with our race, and evil entreated the fathers, casting out their infants that they might not live. 20  In which time Moses was born, and was exceedingly lovely, who was nourished three months in the house of his father. 21  And when he was cast out, the daughter of Pharaoh took him up, and brought him up for herself [to be] for a son.


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