Acts 7:1-21 New American Standard Bible

Stephen's Defense

7 The high priest said , "Are these things so ?" 2  And he said , "Hear me, brethren e and fathers ! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia , before he lived in Haran , 3  and said to him, ' LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR RELATIVES , AND COME INTO THE LAND THAT I WILL SHOW YOU.' 4  " Then he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran . From there , after his father died , God had him move to this country in which you are now living . 5  "But He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot of ground , and yet, even when he had no child , He promised that HE WOULD GIVE IT TO HIM AS A POSSESSION , AND TO HIS DESCENDANTS AFTER HIM. 6  "But God spoke to this effect , that his DESCENDANTS WOULD BE ALIENS IN A FOREIGN LAND , AND THAT THEY WOULD BE ENSLAVED AND MISTREATED FOR FOUR HUNDRED YEARS . 7  " 'AND WHATEVER e NATION TO WHICH THEY WILL BE IN BONDAGE I MYSELF WILL JUDGE ,' said God , 'AND AFTER THAT THEY WILL COME OUT AND SERVE ME IN THIS PLACE .' 8  "And He gave him the covenant of circumcision ; and so Abraham became the father of Isaac , and circumcised him on the eighth day ; and Isaac became the father of Jacob , and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs . 9  "The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt . Yet God was with him, 10  and rescued him from all his afflictions , and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh , king of Egypt , and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household . 11  "Now a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan , and great affliction with it, and our fathers could find no food . 12  "But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt , he sent our fathers there the first time . 13  "On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers , and Joseph's family was disclosed to Pharaoh . 14  "Then Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five e persons in all. 15  "And Jacob went down to Egypt and there he and our fathers died . 16  "From there they were removed to Shechem and laid in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor in Shechem .

17  "But as the time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham , the people increased and multiplied in Egypt , 18  until THERE AROSE ANOTHER KING OVER EGYPT WHO KNEW NOTHING ABOUT JOSEPH . 19  "It was he who took shrewd advantage of our race and mistreated our fathers so that they would expose e their infants and they would not survive . 20  "It was at this time that Moses was born ; and he was lovely in the sight of God , and he was nurtured three months in his father's home . 21  "And after he had been set outside , Pharaoh's daughter took him away and nurtured him as her own son .

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