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1 The high priest said, “Are these things so?”
3 and said to him, ‘aLeave your country and your relatives, and come into the land that I will show you.’
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.
8 “And He agave him 1the covenant of circumcision; and so bAbraham 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.
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.
12 “But awhen Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time.
15 “And aJacob went down to Egypt and there he and our fathers died.
18 until athere arose another king over Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph.
22 “Moses was educated in all athe learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds.
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?’
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.
32 ‘aI am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look.
35 “This Moses whom they adisowned, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one whom God 1sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the 2help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush.
38 “This is the one who was in athe 1congregation 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 Egypt—we do not know what happened to him.’
42 “But God aturned away and delivered them up to 1serve the 2host 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?
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:
49 ‘aHeaven 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?
50 ‘aWas it not My hand which made all these things?’
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.
53 you who received the law as aordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.”
54 Now when they heard this, they were acut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him.
59 They went on stoning Stephen as he acalled on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”
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