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Stephen’s Defense

1 The high priest said, “Are these things so?”

2 ¶ And he said, “Hear me, abrethren and fathers! bThe God of glory cappeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in IHaran, 3 and said to him, ‘aLEAVE YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR RELATIVES, AND COME INTO THE LAND THAT I WILL SHOW YOU.’ 4 aThen he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in IHaran. bFrom 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, aHe promised that HE WOULD GIVE IT TO HIM AS A POSSESSION, AND TO HIS DESCENDANTS AFTER HIM. 6 But aGod spoke to this effect, that his DESCENDANTS WOULD BE ALIENS IN A FOREIGN LAND, AND THAT THEY WOULD IBE ENSLAVED AND MISTREATED FOR FOUR HUNDRED YEARS. 7 ‘AND WHATEVER NATION TO WHICH THEY WILL BE IN BONDAGE I MYSELF WILL JUDGE,’ said God, ‘AND aAFTER THAT THEY WILL COME OUT AND ISERVE ME IN THIS PLACE.’ 8 And He agave him Ithe covenant of circumcision; and so b[Abraham] became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and cIsaac [became the father of] Jacob, and dJacob [of] the twelve epatriarchs.

[2] IGr Charran aAc 22:1 bPs 29:3; 1Co 2:8 cGn 11:31; 15:7
[3] aGn 12:1
[4] IGr Charran aGn 11:31; 15:7 bGn 12:4, 5
[5] aGn 12:7; 13:15; 15:18; 17:8
[6] ILit enslave them and mistreat them aGn 15:13f
[7] IOr worship aEx 3:12
[8] IOr a aGn 17:10ff bGn 21:2-4 cGn 25:26 dGn 29:31ff; 30:5ff; 35:23ff eAc 2:29

9 ¶ “The patriarchs abecame jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. [Yet] God was with him, 10 and rescued him from all his afflictions, and agranted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household.

[9] aGn 37:11, 28; 39:2, 21f; 45:4
[10] aGn 39:21; 41:40-46; Ps 105:21

11 ¶ “Now aa famine came over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction [with it], and our fathers Icould find no food. 12 But awhen Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers [there] the first time. 13 On the second [visit] aJoseph Imade himself known to his brothers, and bJoseph’s family was disclosed to Pharaoh. 14 Then aJoseph sent [word] and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, bseventy-five Icpersons [in all]. 15 And aJacob went down to Egypt and [there] he and our fathers died. 16 [From there] they were removed to IaShechem and laid in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of IIHamor in IShechem.

[11] ILit were not finding aGn 41:54f; 42:5
[12] aGn 42:2
[13] IOr was made known aGn 45:1-4 bGn 45:16
[14] ILit souls aGn 45:9, 10, 17, 18 bGn 46:26f; Ex 1:5; Dt 10:22 cAc 2:41
[15] aGn 46:1-7; 49:33; Ex 1:6
[16] IGr Sychem IIGr Emmor aGn 23:16; 33:19; 50:13; Jsh 24:32

17 ¶ “But as the atime of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, bthe people increased and multiplied in Egypt, 18 until aTHERE AROSE ANOTHER KING OVER EGYPT WHO KNEW NOTHING ABOUT JOSEPH. 19 It was he who took ashrewd advantage of our race and mistreated our fathers so that they would Ibexpose their infants and they would not survive. 20 It was at this time that aMoses was born; and he was lovely Iin the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father’s home. 21 And after he had been set outside, aPharaoh’s daughter Itook him away and nurtured him as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in all athe learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. 23 But when he was approaching the age of forty, ait entered his Imind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel. 24 And when he saw one [of them] being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian. 25 And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them Ideliverance IIthrough him, but they did not understand. 26 aOn the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?’ 27 But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘aWHO MADE YOU A RULER AND JUDGE OVER US? 28 aYOU DO NOT MEAN TO KILL ME AS YOU KILLED THE EGYPTIAN YESTERDAY, DO YOU?’ 29 At this remark, aMOSES FLED AND BECAME AN ALIEN IN THE LAND OF IMIDIAN, where he bbecame the father of two sons.

[17] aGn 15:13 bEx 1:7f
[18] aEx 1:8
[19] IOr put out to die aEx 1:10f, 16ff bEx 1:22
[20] ILit to God aEx 2:2; He 11:23
[21] IOr adopted him aEx 2:5f, 10
[22] a1K 4:30; Is 19:11
[23] ILit heart aEx 2:11f; He 11:24-26
[25] IOr salvation IILit through his hand
[26] aEx 2:13f
[27] aEx 2:14; Ac 7:35
[28] aEx 2:14
[29] IGr Madiam aEx 2:15, 22 bEx 18:3, 4

30 ¶ “After forty years had passed, aAN ANGEL APPEARED TO HIM IN THE WILDERNESS OF MOUNT Sinai, IN THE FLAME OF A BURNING THORN BUSH. 31 When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he approached to look [more] closely, there came the voice of the Lord: 32aI AM THE GOD OF YOUR FATHERS, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB.’ Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look. 33 aBUT THE LORD SAID TO HIM, ‘bTAKE OFF THE SANDALS FROM YOUR FEET, FOR THE PLACE ON WHICH YOU ARE STANDING IS HOLY GROUND. 34 aI HAVE CERTAINLY SEEN THE OPPRESSION OF MY PEOPLE IN EGYPT AND HAVE HEARD THEIR GROANS, AND I HAVE COME DOWN TO RESCUE THEM; IbCOME NOW, AND I WILL SEND YOU TO EGYPT.’

[30] aEx 3:1f; Is 63:9
[32] aEx 3:6; Mt 22:32
[33] aEx 3:5 bJsh 5:15
[34] ILit and now come! aEx 3:7f bEx 3:10

35 ¶ “This Moses whom they adisowned, saying, ‘WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND A JUDGE?’ is the one whom God Isent [to be] both a ruler and a deliverer with the IIhelp of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush. 36 aThis man led them out, performing bwonders and Isigns in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the cwilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘aGOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET ILIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN.’ 38 This is the one who was in athe Icongregation in the wilderness together with bthe angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and [who was] with our fathers; and he received cliving doracles to pass on to you. 39 Our fathers were unwilling to be obedient to him, but arepudiated him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt, 40 aSAYING TO AARON, ‘MAKE FOR US GODS WHO WILL GO BEFORE US; FOR THIS MOSES WHO LED US OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPTWE DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM.’ 41 IAt that time athey made a IIcalf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in bthe works of their hands. 42 But God aturned away and delivered them up to Iserve the IIhost of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘bIT WAS NOT TO ME THAT YOU OFFERED VICTIMS AND SACRIFICES cFORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS, WAS IT, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL? 43 aYOU ALSO TOOK ALONG THE TABERNACLE OF MOLOCH AND THE STAR OF THE GOD IROMPHA, THE IMAGES WHICH YOU MADE TO WORSHIP. I ALSO WILL REMOVE YOU BEYOND BABYLON.’

[35] ILit has sent IILit hand aEx 2:14; Ac 7:27
[36] IOr attesting miracles aEx 12:41; 33:1; He 8:9 bEx 7:3; 14:21; Jn 4:48 cEx 16:35; Nu 14:33; Ps 95:8-10; Ac 7:42; 13:18; He 3:8f
[37] IOr as He raised up me aDt 18:15, 18; Ac 3:22
[38] IGr ekklesia aEx 19:17 bAc 7:53 cDt 32:47; He 4:12 dRo 3:2; He 5:12; 1P 4:11
[39] aNu 14:3f
[40] aEx 32:1, 23
[41] ILit in those days IIOr young bull aEx 32:4, 6 bRv 9:20
[42] IOr worship III.e. heavenly bodies aJsh 24:20; Is 63:10; Jr 19:13; Ezk 20:39 bAm 5:25 cAc 7:36
[43] IOther mss spell it: Romphan, or Rempham, or Raiphan, or Rephan aAm 5:26, 27

44 ¶ “Our fathers had athe tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed [him] to make it baccording to the pattern which he had seen. 45 And having received it in their turn, our fathers abrought it in with IJoshua upon dispossessing the IInations whom God drove out before our fathers, until the time of David. 46 a[David] found favor in God’s sight, and basked that he might find a dwelling place for the IGod of Jacob. 47 But it was aSolomon who built a house for Him. 48 However, athe Most High does not dwell in [houses] made by [human] hands; as the prophet says:
  49aHEAVEN IS MY THRONE,
  AND EARTH IS THE FOOTSTOOL OF MY FEET;
  WHAT KIND OF HOUSE WILL YOU BUILD FOR ME?’ says the Lord,
  ‘OR WHAT PLACE IS THERE FOR MY REPOSE?
  50aWAS IT NOT MY HAND WHICH MADE ALL THESE THINGS?’

[44] aEx 25:8, 9; 38:21 bEx 25:40
[45] IGr Jesus IIOr Gentiles aDt 32:49; Jsh 3:14ff; 18:1; 23:9; 24:18; Ps 44:2f
[46] IThe earliest mss read house instead of God; the Septuagint reads God a2S 7:8ff; Ps 132:1-5; Ac 13:22 b2S 7:1-16; 1Ch 17:1-14
[47] a1K 6:1-38; 8:20; 2Ch 3:1-17
[48] aLk 1:32
[49] aIs 66:1; Mt 5:34f
[50] aIs 66:2

51 ¶ “You men who are astiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did. 52 aWhich one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of bthe Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers cyou have now become; 53 you who received the law as aordained by angels, and [yet] did not keep it.”

[51] aEx 32:9; 33:3, 5; Lv 26:41; Nu 27:14; Is 63:10; Jr 6:10; 9:26
[52] a2Ch 36:15f; Mt 5:12; 23:31, 37 bAc 3:14; 22:14; 1 Jn 2:1 cAc 3:14; 5:28
[53] aDt 33:2; Ac 7:38; Ga 3:19; He 2:2

Stephen Put to Death

54 ¶ Now when they heard this, they were acut to the quick, and they [began] gnashing their teeth at him. 55 But being afull of the Holy Spirit, he bgazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing cat the right hand of God; 56 and he said, “Behold, I see the aheavens opened up and bthe Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. 58 When they had adriven him out of the city, they [began] stoning [him]; and bthe witnesses claid aside their robes at the feet of da young man named Saul. 59 They went on stoning Stephen as he acalled on [the Lord] and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” 60 Then afalling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, bdo not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he Icfell asleep.

[54] aAc 5:33
[55] aAc 2:4 bJn 11:41 cMk 16:19
[56] aJn 1:51 bMt 8:20
[58] aLv 24:14, 16; Lk 4:29 bDt 13:9f; 17:7; Ac 6:13 cAc 22:20 dAc 8:1; 22:20; 26:10
[59] aAc 9:14, 21; 22:16; Ro 10:12-14; 1Co 1:2; 2Ti 2:22
[60] II.e. died aLk 22:41 bMt 5:44; Lk 23:34 cDn 12:2; Mt 27:52; Jn 11:11f; Ac 13:36; 1Co 15:6, 18, 20; 1Th 4:13ff; 2P 3:4


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Stephen, permitted to answer to the accusation of blasphemy,

1 ¶ Then said the high priest, Are these things so?

[1] Mt 26:61; Mk 14:58; Jn 18:19, 33; Ac 6:13.

sheweth that Abraham worshipped God rightly, and how God chose the fathers

2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, 3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. 4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell. 5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not [so much as] to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when [as yet] he had no child. 6 And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat [them] evil four hundred years. 7 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. 8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so [Abraham] begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac [begat] Jacob; and Jacob [begat] the twelve patriarchs. 9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, 10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, 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. 11 Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. 13 And at the second [time] Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. 14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to [him], and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. 15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers, 16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor [the father] of Sychem. 17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, 18 Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph. 19 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.

[2] Gn 11:31; 12:1, 5; 29:4; Jsh 24:2; Ne 9:7; Ps 24:7, 10; 29:3; Is 6:3; 51:2; Mt 6:13; Lk 2:14; Jn 1:14; 12:41; Ac 22:1; 23:7; 2Co 4:4; Tit 2:13; He 1:3; Rv 4:11; 5:12.
[3] Gn 12:1; 13:14; 15:7; Jsh 24:3; Ne 9:8; Mt 10:37; Lk 14:33; 2Co 6:17; He 11:8.
[4] Gn 11:31; 12:4; Is 41:2, 9.
[5] Gn 12:7; 13:15; 15:2, 3, 18; 16:2; 17:8, 16; 23:4; 26:3; 28:13; Ex 6:7; Dt 2:5; 6:10; Ne 9:8; Ps 105:8, 11; Ac 9:5; 10:11; 11:9; He 11:9, 13.
[6] Gn 15:13, 16; Ex 12:40; Ga 3:17.
[7] Gn 15:14; Ex 3:12; 7:1; Ne 9:9; Ps 74:12; 78:43; 105:27; 135:8; 136:10; Is 51:9.
[8] Gn 17:9, 12; 21:1; 25:21; 29:31; 30:1; 35:16, 23; Ex 1:1; 1Ch 1:34; 2:1; Mt 1:2; Jn 7:22; Ac 2:29; Ro 4:10; 9:9; Ga 3:15, 17; He 7:4.
[9] Gn 37:4, 18; 39:2, 5, 21; 45:4; 49:23, 24; 50:15; Ps 105:17; Is 41:10; 43:2; Mt 27:18.
[10] Gn 41:12; 42:6; 44:18; 45:8; 48:16; Ps 22:24; 34:17; 37:40; 40:1; 105:19; Pv 2:6; 3:4; 16:7; 2Ti 4:18; Jm 5:11; Rv 7:14.
[11] Gn 41:54; 43:1; 45:5, 11; 47:13; Ps 105:16.
[12] Gn 42:1; 43:2.
[13] Gn 45:1; 46:31; 47:1.
[14] Gn 45:9; 46:12, 26; Dt 10:22; 1Ch 2:5; Ps 105:23.
[15] Gn 46:3; 49:33; Ex 1:6; Nu 20:15; Dt 10:22; 26:5; Jsh 24:4; He 11:21.
[16] Gn 23:16; 33:9, 19; 34:2; 35:19; 49:29; Ex 13:19; Jsh 24:32.
[17] Gn 15:13; Ex 1:7, 20; Ps 105:24; Ac 7:6; 13:17; 2P 3:8.
[18] Ex 1:8.
[19] Ex 1:9; Ps 83:4; 105:25; 129:1; Rv 12:4.

before Moses was born, and before the Tabernacle and Temple were built:

20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months: 21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. 22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. 23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one [of them] suffer wrong, he defended [him], and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: 25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. 26 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 wrong one to another? 27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? 29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons. 30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. 31 When Moses saw [it], he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold [it], the voice of the Lord came unto him, 32 [Saying], I [am] the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold. 33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground. 34 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. 35 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 deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. 36 He brought 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.

[20] Ex 2:2; 1S 16:12; He 11:23.
[21] Ex 2:2; Dt 32:26; He 11:24.
[22] 1K 4:29; 2Ch 9:22; Is 19:11; Dn 1:4, 17; Lk 24:19.
[23] Ex 2:11; 4:18; 35:21, 29; 1Ch 29:17; 2Ch 30:12; Ezr 1:1, 5; 7:27; Pv 21:1; Ac 15:36; 2Co 8:16; Php 2:12; He 11:24; Jm 1:17; Rv 17:17.
[24] Jn 18:10, 25; Ac 7:28.
[25] 1S 14:45; 19:5; 2K 5:1; Ps 106:7; Mk 9:32; Lk 9:45; 18:34; Ac 14:27; 15:4, 7; 21:19; Ro 15:18; 1Co 3:9; 15:10; 2Co 6:1; Col 1:29.
[26] Gn 13:8; 45:24; Ex 2:13; Ps 133:1; Pv 18:19; Jn 15:17; 1Co 6:6; Php 2:1, 3; 1Jn 3:11.
[27] Gn 19:19; 1S 25:14; Pv 9:7; Mt 21:23; Lk 12:14; Jn 18:36; 19:12; Ac 3:13; 4:7, 11; 5:33; 7:35, 39, 54.
[29] Ex 2:14; 4:19; 18:2.
[30] Gn 16:7; 22:15; 32:24; 48:15; Ex 3:1, 2, 6; 7:7; 19:1; Dt 4:20; 33:16; 1K 19:8; Ps 66:12; Is 43:2; 63:9; Dn 3:27; Ho 12:3; Mal 3:1; Mk 12:26; Lk 20:37; Ac 7:17, 32, 35; Ga 4:25.
[31] Ex 3:3.
[32] Gn 28:13; 50:24; Ex 3:6, 15; 4:5; 33:20; 1K 19:13; Jb 4:14; 37:1; 42:5; Ps 89:7; Is 6:1; Dn 10:7; Mt 17:6; 22:32; Lk 5:8; Ac 3:13; 9:4; He 11:16; Rv 1:17.
[33] Ex 3:5; Jsh 5:15; Ec 5:1; 2P 1:18.
[34] Gn 11:5, 7; 18:21; Ex 2:23; 3:7, 8, 9, 10, 14; 4:31; 6:5; Nu 11:17; Jg 2:18; 10:15; Ne 9:9; Ps 105:26; 106:44; 144:5; Is 63:8; 64:1; Ho 12:13; Mi 6:4; Jn 3:13; 6:38.
[35] Ex 14:19, 24; 23:20; 32:34; 33:2, 12; Nu 20:16; 1S 8:7; 10:27; 12:8; Ne 9:10; Ps 75:7; 77:20; 113:7; 118:22; Is 63:9, 11; Lk 19:14; Jn 18:40; 19:15; Ac 2:36; 3:22; 5:31; 7:9, 27, 30, 51; Col 1:15; He 2:2; Rv 15:3.
[36] Ex 7:1; 12:41; 14:21, 27; 15:23; 16:1; 19:1; 33:1; Nu 9:15; 11:1; 14:1; 16:1; 20:1; Dt 2:25; 4:33; 6:21; 8:4; Ne 9:10, 12, 18; Ps 78:12, 14, 42; 105:27, 39; 106:8, 17; 135:8, 10; 136:9, 16.

that Moses himself witnessed of Christ,

37 ¶ This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. 38 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 oracles to give unto us: 39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust [him] from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, 40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods 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. 41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. 42 Then God turned, and gave 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? 43 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.

[37] Dt 18:15; 2Ch 28:22; Dn 6:13; Mt 17:3; Mk 9:7; Lk 9:30, 35; Jn 8:46; 18:37; Ac 3:22, 23; 7:38.
[38] Ex 19:3; 20:19; 21:1; Nu 16:3, 41; Dt 5:27; 6:1; 30:19; 32:46; 33:4; Ne 9:13; Ps 78:5; Is 63:9; Jn 1:17; 6:63; Ac 7:30, 35, 53; Ro 3:2; 9:4; 10:6; Ga 3:19; He 2:2; 5:12; 1P 4:11.
[39] Ex 14:11; 16:3; 17:3; Nu 11:5; 14:3; 21:5; Jg 11:2; 1K 2:27; Ne 9:16, 17; Ps 106:16, 32; Ezk 20:6; Ac 7:27, 51.
[40] Ex 32:1.
[41] Ex 32:2, 17; Dt 9:12; Ne 9:18; Ps 106:19; Is 2:8; 44:9; Ho 9:1, 10; Hab 2:18.
[42] Dt 4:19; 17:3; 2K 17:16; 21:3; Jb 31:26; Ps 81:11; 95:10; Is 43:23; 66:4; Jr 19:13; Ezk 8:16; 14:7; 20:25, 39; Ho 4:17; Am 5:25; Ro 1:24; 2Th 2:10; He 3:9, 15.
[43] Ex 20:4; Lv 18:21; 20:2; Dt 4:16; 5:8; 2K 17:6, 16; 18:11; 21:6; Am 5:27.

and that all outward ceremonies were ordained according to the heavenly pattern, to last but for a time:

44 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 fashion that he had seen. 45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David; 46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. 47 But Solomon built him an house. 48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, 49 Heaven [is] my throne, and earth [is] my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what [is] the place of my rest? 50 Hath not my hand made all these things?

[44] Ex 25:40; 26:30; 38:21; Nu 1:50; 9:15; 10:11; 17:7; 18:2; Jsh 18:1; 1Ch 28:11, 19; 2Ch 24:6; He 8:2, 5.
[45] Jsh 3:6, 11; 18:1; Jg 18:31; 1S 4:4; 2S 6:1; 1K 8:4; 1Ch 15:1; 16:39; 21:29; Ne 9:24; Ps 44:2; 78:55; Ac 13:19; He 4:8.
[46] 1S 15:28; 16:1, 11; 2S 6:21; 7:1, 8, 18; 1K 8:17; 1Ch 17:1; 22:7; 28:2, 4; 29:2; Ps 78:68; 89:19; 132:1, 11; Ac 13:22.
[47] 2S 7:13; 1K 5:1; 6:1, 37; 7:13; 8:20; 1Ch 17:1; 2Ch 2:1; Zc 6:12.
[48] Dt 32:8; 1K 8:27; 2Ch 2:5; 6:18; Ps 7:17; 46:4; 91:1, 9; 92:8; Is 66:1; Dn 4:17, 24, 34; Ho 7:16; Ac 17:24.
[49] 1K 22:19; Ps 11:4; Jr 7:4; 23:24; Mal 1:11; Mt 5:34; 23:22; 24:2; Jn 4:21; Rv 3:21.
[50] Ex 20:11; Ps 33:6; 50:9; 146:5; Is 40:28; 44:24; 45:7, 12; Jr 10:11; 32:17; Ac 14:15.

reprehending their rebellion, and murdering of Christ, the Just One, whom the prophets foretold should come into the world.

51 ¶ Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers [did], so [do] ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? 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: 53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept [it].

[51] Ex 32:9; 33:3, 5; 34:9; Lv 26:41; Dt 9:6, 13; 10:16; 30:6; 31:27; 2Ch 30:8; Ne 9:16, 30; Ps 75:5; 78:8; Is 48:4; 63:10; Jr 4:4; 6:10; 9:25; 17:23; Ezk 2:4; 44:7, 9; Zc 7:11; Mt 23:31; Ac 6:10; 7:9, 27, 35, 39; Ro 2:25, 28; Ep 4:30; Php 3:3; Col 2:11.
[52] 1S 8:7; 1K 19:10, 14; 2Ch 24:19; 36:16; Ne 9:26; Jr 2:30; 20:2; 26:15, 23; Zc 9:9; Mt 5:12; 21:35; 23:31; Lk 11:47; 13:33; Ac 2:23; 3:14, 15, 18, 24; 4:10; 5:28; 22:14; 1Th 2:15; 1P 1:11; 1Jn 2:1; Rv 3:7; 19:10.
[53] Ex 19:1; Dt 33:2; Ps 68:17; Ezk 20:18; Jn 7:19; Ro 2:23; Ga 3:19; 6:13; He 2:2.

Whereupon they stone him to death, who commendeth his soul to Jesus, and humbly prayeth for them.

54 ¶ When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with [their] teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 And cast [him] out of the city, and stoned [him]: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon [God], and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

[54] Jb 16:9; Ps 35:16; 112:10; Lm 2:16; Mt 8:12; 13:42, 50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Lk 13:28; Ac 5:33; 22:22.
[55] Ps 109:31; 110:1; Is 6:1; Ezk 1:26; 10:4, 18; 11:23; Mi 3:8; Jn 12:41; 14:3; Ac 1:10; 2:4; 4:8; 6:3, 5, 8, 10; 13:9; 2Co 4:6; 12:2; He 1:3; 8:1; 2P 1:17; Rv 4:1; 21:11.
[56] Ezk 1:1; Dn 7:13; Mt 3:16; 16:27; 25:31; 26:64; Mk 1:10; Lk 3:21; Jn 5:22; Ac 10:11, 16; Rv 4:1; 11:19; 19:11.
[57] Ps 58:4; Pv 21:13; Zc 7:11; Ac 7:54; 21:27; 23:27.
[58] Lv 24:14; Nu 15:35; Dt 13:9; 17:7; 1K 21:13; Lk 4:29; Jn 10:23; Ac 6:11, 13; 8:1; 9:1; 22:4, 20; He 13:12.
[59] Ps 31:5; Jol 2:32; Lk 23:46; Ac 2:21; 9:14, 21; 22:16; Ro 10:12; 1Co 1:2.
[60] Ezr 9:5; Dn 6:10; Mt 5:44; Lk 6:28; 22:41; 23:34; Ac 9:40; 13:36; 20:36; 21:5; Ro 12:14; 1Co 11:30; 15:6, 18, 20, 51; 1Th 4:13; 5:10.


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