Acts 7 New English Translation (NET Bible)
Stephen’s Defense Before the Council
7 Then the high priest said, “Are these things true?”[a] 2 So he replied,[b] “Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our forefather[c] Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he settled in Haran, 3 and said to him, ‘Go out from your country and from your relatives, and come to the land I will show you.’[d] 4 Then he went out from the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After his father died, God[e] made him move[f] to this country where you now live. 5 He[g] did not give any of it to him for an inheritance,[h] not even a foot of ground,[i] yet God[j] promised to give it to him as his possession, and to his descendants after him,[k] even though Abraham[l] as yet had no child. 6 But God spoke as follows: ‘Your[m] descendants will be foreigners[n] in a foreign country, whose citizens will enslave them and mistreat them for 400 years.[o] 7 But I will punish[p] the nation they serve as slaves,’ said God, ‘and after these things they will come out of there[q] and worship[r] me in this place.’[s] 8 Then God[t] gave Abraham[u] the covenant[v] of circumcision, and so he became the father of Isaac and circumcised him when he was eight days old,[w] and Isaac became the father of[x] Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.[y] 9 The[z] patriarchs, because they were jealous of Joseph, sold[aa] him into Egypt. But[ab] God was with him, 10 and rescued him from all his troubles, and granted him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made[ac] him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. 11 Then a famine occurred throughout[ad] Egypt and Canaan, causing[ae] great suffering, and our[af] ancestors[ag] could not find food. 12 So when Jacob heard that there was grain[ah] in Egypt, he sent our ancestors[ai] there[aj] the first time. 13 On their second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers again, and Joseph’s family[ak] became known to Pharaoh. 14 So Joseph sent a message[al] and invited[am] his father Jacob and all his relatives to come, seventy-five people[an] in all. 15 So Jacob went down to Egypt and died there,[ao] along with our ancestors,[ap] 16 and their bones[aq] were later moved to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a certain sum of money[ar] from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.
17 “But as the time drew near for God to fulfill the promise he had declared to Abraham,[as] the people increased greatly in number[at] in Egypt, 18 until another king who did not know about[au] Joseph ruled[av] over Egypt.[aw] 19 This was the one who exploited[ax] our people[ay] and was cruel to our ancestors,[az] forcing them to abandon[ba] their infants so they would die.[bb] 20 At that time Moses was born, and he was beautiful[bc] to God. For[bd] three months he was brought up in his father’s house, 21 and when he had been abandoned,[be] Pharaoh’s daughter adopted[bf] him and brought him up[bg] as her own son. 22 So Moses was trained[bh] in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful[bi] in his words and deeds. 23 But when he was about forty years old, it entered his mind[bj] to visit his fellow countrymen[bk] the Israelites.[bl] 24 When[bm] he saw one of them being hurt unfairly,[bn] Moses[bo] came to his defense[bp] and avenged the person who was mistreated by striking down the Egyptian. 25 He thought his own people[bq] would understand that God was delivering them[br] through him,[bs] but they did not understand.[bt] 26 The next day Moses[bu] saw two men[bv] fighting, and tried to make peace between[bw] them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why are you hurting one another?’ 27 But the man who was unfairly hurting his neighbor pushed[bx] Moses[by] aside, saying, ‘Who made[bz] you a ruler and judge over us? 28 You don’t want to kill me the way you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’[ca] 29 When the man said this,[cb] Moses fled and became a foreigner[cc] in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.
30 “After[cd] forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the desert[ce] of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush.[cf] 31 When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and when he approached to investigate, there came the voice of the Lord, 32 ‘I am the God of your forefathers,[cg] the God of Abraham, Isaac,[ch] and Jacob.’[ci] Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look more closely.[cj] 33 But the Lord said to him, ‘Take the sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.[ck] 34 I have certainly seen the suffering[cl] of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them.[cm] Now[cn] come, I will send you to Egypt.’[co] 35 This same[cp] Moses they had rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge?’[cq] God sent as both ruler and deliverer[cr] through the hand of the angel[cs] who appeared to him in the bush. 36 This man led them out, performing wonders and miraculous signs[ct] in the land of Egypt,[cu] at[cv] the Red Sea, and in the wilderness[cw] for forty years. 37 This is the Moses who said to the Israelites,[cx] ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers.’[cy] 38 This is the man who was in the congregation[cz] in the wilderness[da] with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors,[db] and he[dc] received living oracles[dd] to give to you.[de] 39 Our[df] ancestors[dg] were unwilling to obey[dh] him, but pushed him aside[di] and turned back to Egypt in their hearts, 40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go in front of us, for this Moses, who led us out of the land of Egypt[dj] —we do not know what has happened to him!’[dk] 41 At[dl] that time[dm] they made an idol in the form of a calf,[dn] brought[do] a sacrifice to the idol, and began rejoicing[dp] in the works of their hands.[dq] 42 But God turned away from them and gave them over[dr] to worship the host[ds] of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: ‘It was not to me that you offered slain animals and sacrifices[dt] forty years in the wilderness, was it,[du] house of Israel? 43 But you took along the tabernacle[dv] of Moloch[dw] and the star of the[dx] god Rephan,[dy] the images you made to worship, but I will deport[dz] you beyond Babylon.’[ea] 44 Our ancestors[eb] had the tabernacle[ec] of testimony in the wilderness,[ed] just as God[ee] who spoke to Moses ordered him[ef] to make it according to the design he had seen. 45 Our[eg] ancestors[eh] received possession of it and brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our ancestors,[ei] until the time[ej] of David. 46 He[ek] found favor[el] with[em] God and asked that he could[en] find a dwelling place[eo] for the house[ep] of Jacob. 47 But Solomon built a house[eq] for him. 48 Yet the Most High[er] does not live in houses made by human hands,[es] as the prophet says,
49 ‘Heaven is my throne,
51 “You stubborn[ew] people, with uncircumcised[ex] hearts and ears![ey] You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, like your ancestors[ez] did! 52 Which of the prophets did your ancestors[fa] not persecute?[fb] They[fc] killed those who foretold long ago the coming of the Righteous One,[fd] whose betrayers and murderers you have now become![fe] 53 You[ff] received the law by decrees given by angels,[fg] but you did not obey[fh] it.”
Stephen is Killed
54 When they heard these things, they became furious[fi] and ground their teeth[fj] at him. 55 But Stephen,[fk] full[fl] of the Holy Spirit, looked intently[fm] toward heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing[fn] at the right hand of God. 56 “Look!” he said.[fo] “I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57 But they covered their ears,[fp] shouting out with a loud voice, and rushed at him with one intent. 58 When[fq] they had driven him out of the city, they began to stone him,[fr] and the witnesses laid their cloaks[fs] at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 They[ft] continued to stone Stephen while he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” 60 Then he fell[fu] to his knees and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!”[fv] When[fw] he had said this, he died.[fx]