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8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs(A) among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene(B) and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia(C) and Asia(D)—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.(E)
12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin.(H) 13 They produced false witnesses,(I) who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place(J) and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place(K) and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”(L)
15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin(M) looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
Stephen’s Speech to the Sanhedrin
7 Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these charges true?”
2 To this he replied: “Brothers and fathers,(N) listen to me! The God of glory(O) appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran.(P) 3 ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’[a](Q)
4 “So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Harran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living.(R) 5 He gave him no inheritance here,(S) not even enough ground to set his foot on. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land,(T) even though at that time Abraham had no child. 6 God spoke to him in this way: ‘For four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated.(U) 7 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,’ God said, ‘and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.’[b](V) 8 Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision.(W) And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth.(X) Later Isaac became the father of Jacob,(Y) and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs.(Z)