7:1 And the high priest said, "Is this so?"
7:1 Then the high priest asked him, "Are these things so?"

7:2 And Stephen said: "Brethren and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopota'mia, before he lived in Haran,
7:2 And Stephen replied: "Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,

7:3 and said to him, `Depart from your land and from your kindred and go into the land which I will show you.'
7:3 and said to him, 'Leave your country and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you.'

7:4 Then he departed from the land of the Chalde'ans, and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God removed him from there into this land in which you are now living;
7:4 Then he left the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After his father died, God had him move from there to this country in which you are now living.

7:5 yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him in possession and to his posterity after him, though he had no child.
7:5 He did not give him any of it as a heritage, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him as his possession and to his descendants after him, even though he had no child.

7:6 And God spoke to this effect, that his posterity would be aliens in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and ill-treat them four hundred years.
7:6 And God spoke in these terms, that his descendants would be resident aliens in a country belonging to others, who would enslave them and mistreat them during four hundred years.

7:7 `But I will judge the nation which they serve,' said God, `and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.'
7:7 'But I will judge the nation that they serve,' said God, 'and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.'

7:8 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.
7:8 Then 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.

7:9 "And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him,
7:9 "The patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him,

7:10 and rescued him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him governor over Egypt and over all his household.
7:10 and rescued him from all his afflictions, and enabled him to win favor and to show wisdom when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him ruler over Egypt and over all his household.

7:11 Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food.
7:11 Now there came a famine throughout Egypt and Canaan, and great suffering, and our ancestors could find no food.

7:12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent forth our fathers the first time.
7:12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our ancestors there on their first visit.

7:13 And at the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family became known to Pharaoh.
7:13 On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family became known to Pharaoh.

7:14 And Joseph sent and called to him Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five souls;
7:14 Then Joseph sent and invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five in all;

7:15 and Jacob went down into Egypt. And he died, himself and our fathers,
7:15 so Jacob went down to Egypt. He himself died there as well as our ancestors,

7:16 and they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.
7:16 and their bodies were brought back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

7:17 "But as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt
7:17 "But as the time drew near for the fulfillment of the promise that God had made to Abraham, our people in Egypt increased and multiplied

7:18 till there arose over Egypt another king who had not known Joseph.
7:18 until another king who had not known Joseph ruled over Egypt.

7:19 He dealt craftily with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, that they might not be kept alive.
7:19 He dealt craftily with our race and forced our ancestors to abandon their infants so that they would die.

7:20 At this time Moses was born, and was beautiful before God. And he was brought up for three months in his father's house;
7:20 At this time Moses was born, and he was beautiful before God. For three months he was brought up in his father's house;

7:21 and when he was exposed, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.
7:21 and when he was abandoned, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.

7:22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.
7:22 So Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in his words and deeds.

7:23 "When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel.
7:23 "When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his relatives, the Israelites.

7:24 And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking the Egyptian.
7:24 When he saw one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian.

7:25 He supposed that his brethren understood that God was giving them deliverance by his hand, but they did not understand.
7:25 He supposed that his kinsfolk would understand that God through him was rescuing them, but they did not understand.

7:26 And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and would have reconciled them, saying, `Men, you are brethren, why do you wrong each other?'
7:26 The next day he came to some of them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, 'Men, you are brothers; why do you wrong each other?'

7:27 But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, `Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?
7:27 But the man who was wronging his neighbor pushed Moses aside, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?

7:28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'
7:28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'

7:29 At this retort Moses fled, and became an exile in the land of Mid'ian, where he became the father of two sons.
7:29 When he heard this, Moses fled and became a resident alien in the land of Midian. There he became the father of two sons.

7:30 "Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush.
7:30 "Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush.

7:31 When Moses saw it he wondered at the sight; and as he drew near to look, the voice of the Lord came,
7:31 When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to look, there came the voice of the Lord:

7:32 `I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.' And Moses trembled and did not dare to look.
7:32 'I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look.

7:33 And the Lord said to him, `Take off the shoes from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.
7:33 Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.

7:34 I have surely seen the ill-treatment of my people that are in Egypt and heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.'
7:34 I have surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. Come now, I will send you to Egypt.'

7:35 "This Moses whom they refused, saying, `Who made you a ruler and a judge?' God sent as both ruler and deliverer by the hand of the angel that appeared to him in the bush.
7:35 "It was this Moses whom they rejected when they said, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' and whom God now sent as both ruler and liberator through the angel who appeared to him in the bush.

7:36 He led them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.
7:36 He led them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.

7:37 This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, `God will raise up for you a prophet from your brethren as he raised me up.'
7:37 This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, 'God will raise up a prophet for you from your own people as he raised me up.'

7:38 This is he who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living oracles to give to us.
7:38 He is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living oracles to give to us.

7:39 Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt,
7:39 Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him; instead, they pushed him aside, and in their hearts they turned back to Egypt,

7:40 saying to Aaron, `Make for us gods to go before us; as for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.'
7:40 saying to Aaron, 'Make gods for us who will lead the way for us; as for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.'

7:41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and rejoiced in the works of their hands.
7:41 At that time they made a calf, offered a sacrifice to the idol, and reveled in the works of their hands.

7:42 But God turned and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: `Did you offer to me slain beasts and sacrifices, forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
7:42 But God turned away from them and handed them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: 'Did you offer to me slain victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?

7:43 And you took up the tent of Moloch, and the star of the god Rephan, the figures which you made to worship; and I will remove you beyond Babylon.'
7:43 No; you took along the tent of Moloch, and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship; so I will remove you beyond Babylon.'

7:44 "Our fathers had the tent of witness in the wilderness, even as he who spoke to Moses directed him to make it, according to the pattern that he had seen.
7:44 "Our ancestors had the tent of testimony in the wilderness, as God directed when he spoke to Moses, ordering him to make it according to the pattern he had seen.

7:45 Our fathers in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations which God thrust out before our fathers. So it was until the days of David,
7:45 Our ancestors in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our ancestors. And it was there until the time of David,

7:46 who found favor in the sight of God and asked leave to find a habitation for the God of Jacob.
7:46 who found favor with God and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the house of Jacob.

7:47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him.
7:47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him.

7:48 Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with hands; as the prophet says,
7:48 Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands; as the prophet says,

7:49 `Heaven is my throne, and earth my footstool. What house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?
7:49 'Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?

7:50 Did not my hand make all these things?'
7:50 Did not my hand make all these things?'

7:51 "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.
7:51 "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are forever opposing the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do.

7:52 Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered,
7:52 Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, and now you have become his betrayers and murderers.

7:53 you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it."
7:53 You are the ones that received the law as ordained by angels, and yet you have not kept it."

7:54 Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth against him.
7:54 When they heard these things, they became enraged and ground their teeth at Stephen.

7:55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God;
7:55 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

7:56 and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God."
7:56 "Look," he said, "I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!"

7:57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together upon him.
7:57 But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him.

7:58 Then 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.
7:58 Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

7:59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
7:59 While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

7:60 And he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
7:60 Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he died.