Saint Stephen - Acts 7

Acts 7:1 Then said the high priest, Are these things so? 

Acts 7:2  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, 

Acts 7:3 And said  unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred,  and come into the land which I shall shew thee. 

Acts 7:4 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. 

Acts 7:5  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. 

Acts 7:6 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. 

Acts 7:7 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. 

Acts 7:8 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. 

Acts 7:9 And  the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt:  but God was with him, 

Acts 7:10 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. 


Acts 7:11 Now there came a dearth  over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction:  and our fathers found no sustenance. 

Acts 7:12 But when  Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our  fathers first. 

Acts 7:13 And at the second time Joseph was  made known to his brethren; and Joseph’s kindred was  made known unto Pharaoh. 

Acts 7:14 Then sent Joseph, and  called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred,  threescore and fifteen souls. 

Acts 7:15 So Jacob went down  into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers, 

Acts 7:16 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. 

Acts 7:17 But when the time of the  promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the  people grew and multiplied in Egypt, 

Acts 7:18 Till another  king arose, which knew not Joseph. 

Acts 7:19 The same dealt  subtly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so  that they cast out their young children, to the end they might  not live. 

Acts 7:20 In which time Moses was born, and was  exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father’s house three  months: 

Acts 7:21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s  daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.  

Acts 7:22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the  Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. 

Acts 7:23  And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart  to visit his brethren the children of Israel. 

Acts 7:24 And  seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and  avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:  

Acts 7:25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood  how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they  understood not. 

Acts 7:26 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? 

Acts 7:27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust  him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over  us? 

Acts 7:28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian  yesterday? 

Acts 7:29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a  stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.  

Acts 7:30 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. 

Acts 7:31 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, 

Acts 7:32 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. 

Acts 7:33 Then said the Lord to him, Put  off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou  standest is holy ground. 

Acts 7:34 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. 

Acts 7:35 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.   

Acts 7:36 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.  

Acts 7:37 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. 

Acts 7:38  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:  

Acts 7:39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust  him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into  Egypt, 

Acts 7:40 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.  

Acts 7:41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered  sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their  own hands. 

Acts 7:42 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? 

Acts 7:43 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. 

Acts 7:44 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. 

Acts 7:45 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; 

Acts 7:46 Who found favour before God, and  desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. 

Acts 7:47  But Solomon built him an house. 

Acts 7:48 Howbeit the most  High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the  prophet, 

Acts 7:49 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? 

Acts 7:50 Hath not my hand  made all these things?  

Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and  ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers  did, so do ye. 

Acts 7:52 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: 

Acts 7:53 Who  have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have  not kept it.  

Acts 7:54 When they heard these things, they were cut to  the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 

Acts 7:55  But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly  into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing  on the right hand of God, 

Acts 7:56 And said, Behold, I see the  heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right  hand of God. 

Acts 7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice,   and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,   

Acts 7:58 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. 

Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen,  calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my  spirit. 

Acts 7:60 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.  KJV