THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
Stephen recounts the history of Israel and names Moses as a prototype of Christ—He testifies of the apostasy in Israel—He sees Jesus on the right hand of God—Stephen’s testimony is rejected and he is stoned to death.
Then said the high priest, Are these things so?
And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father aAbraham
, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in bCharran
And said unto him, Get thee out of thy acountry
, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.
Then came he out of the land of the aChaldaeans
, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.
And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as
to set his foot on: yet he apromised
that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet
he had no child.
And God spake on this wise, That his seed should asojourn
in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bbondage
, and entreat them
evil four hundred years.
And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.
And he gave him the covenant of acircumcision
: and so Abraham
begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat
Jacob; and Jacob begat
the twelve bpatriarchs
And the patriarchs, moved with aenvy
, sold bJoseph
into Egypt: but God was with him,
him out of all his bafflictions
, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
Now there came a adearth
over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance.
But when Jacob heard that there was acorn
in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first.
And at the second time aJoseph
was made known to his brethren; and Joseph’s kindred was made known unto bPharaoh
Then sent aJoseph
, and called his bfather cJacob
and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.
So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,
And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham abought
for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father
But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,
Till another aking
arose, which knew not Joseph.
The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live.
In which time Moses was born, and was aexceeding
fair, and nourished up in his father’s house bthree
And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own ason
And Moses was alearned
in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
And when he was full aforty
years old, it came into his heart to visit his bbrethren
the children of Israel.
And seeing one of them
suffer wrong, he defended him,
and avenged him that was aoppressed
, and bsmote
For he supposed his brethren would have aunderstood
how that God by his hand would bdeliver
them: but they understood not.
And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye awrong
one to another?
But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a aruler
and a judge over us?
Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?
Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two bsons
And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an aangel
of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.
When Moses saw it,
he wondered at the asight
: and as he drew near to behold it,
of the Lord came unto him,
of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.
Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.
I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.
This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be
a ruler and a adeliverer
by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.
them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
¶ This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A aprophet
shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with
our fathers: who received the lively aoracles
to give unto us:
To whom our fathers would not aobey
, but thrust him
from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
Saying unto Aaron, Make us agods
to go before us: for as for
this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
And they made a acalf
in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
Then God turned, and agave
them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of
forty years in the wilderness?
Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the afashion
that he had seen.
Which also our fathers that came after brought in with aJesus
into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;
Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
But Solomon built him an house.
Howbeit the most High adwelleth
not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
, and earth is
my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is
the place of my rest?
Hath not my hand amade
all these things?
Which of the prophets have not your fathers apersecuted
? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
Who have received the law by the disposition of aangels
, and have not bkept it.
¶ When they heard these things, they were acut
to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their
But he, being full of the aHoly
Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the bglory
, and dJesus estanding
on the fright
hand of God,
And said, Behold, I asee
the heavens bopened
, and the cSon
of man standing on the right dhand
Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
And cast him
out of the city, and stoned him:
and the witnesses laid down their aclothes
at a byoung
man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
And he kneeled down, and acried
with a loud voice, bLord
, lay not this sin to their ccharge
. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.