1 And the chief priest said, Are these things then so?
2 And he said, Men, brothers, and fathers, hear. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, 3 and said to him, Go out from your country and your kindred, and come to a land which I will show you.
4 Then going out from the land of the Chaldeans, he lived in Haran. And thence, after the death of his father, he removed into this land in which you now live. 5 And [God] gave him no inheritance in it, not the breadth of a foot, and promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his posterity after him, when as yet he had no son. 6 And God said thus; that his posterity should be a stranger in a foreign land, and they shall enslave it and treat it injuriously four hundred years; 7 and the nation which they shall serve will I judge, said God, and after that they shall come forth and serve me in this place.
8 And he gave him the ordinance of circumcision; and so he begat Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day, and Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob the twelve patriarchs.
9 And the patriarchs envying Joseph sold him into Egypt; and God was with him 10 and delivered him from all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and [he] made him governor over Egypt and all his house. 11 And there came a famine on all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers found no provisions. 12 But Jacob hearing that there was grain in Egypt, sent our fathers the first time; 13 and the second time Joseph was made known to his brothers, and Joseph's family was made known to Pharaoh. 14 And Joseph sent and called for his father Jacob, and all the family of seventy-five souls. 15 And Jacob went down to Egypt, and died, he and our fathers; 16 and they carried him back to Shechem and buried him in the tomb which Abraham bought for money of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem.
17 But when the time of the promise which God made with an oath to Abraham was at hand, the people increased and became numerous in Egypt, 18 till another king arose who knew not Joseph. 19 This [king] dealt deceitfully with our race, and treated injuriously our fathers, causing their infants to be exposed that they might not be preserved alive. 20 At that time Moses was born, and was beautiful in the sight of God, and was nourished three months in his father's house; 21 but being exposed, the daughter of Pharaoh took him up and nourished him as her own son. 22 And Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in his words and works.
23 And when he was forty years old, it came into his mind to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one injured he defended him, and executed judgment for the oppressed, smiting the Egyptian. 25 And he thought his brothers would understand that God would give them salvation by his hand; but they understood not. 26 On the following day also he showed himself to them as they contended, and urged them to peace, saying, Men, you are brothers; why do you injure one another?
27 But he that injured his neighbor repelled him, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Will you kill me as you did the Egyptian, yesterday?
29 And Moses fled at that saying, and lived a stranger in the land of Midian, where he begat two sons. 30 And forty years being completed there appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, an angel in a flame of fire, in a bush. 31 And Moses seeing it, wondered at the sight; and coming near to look at it, there was a voice of the Lord, 32 I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob. And Moses being afraid dared not look at it.
33 And the Lord said to him, Put off your shoes from your feet; for the place on which you stand is holy ground. 34 I have seen the affliction of my people in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and have come down to deliver them; and now come, I will send you to Egypt.
35 This is the Moses whom they denied, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge? Him did God send to be a ruler and a redeemer by the hand of the angel that appeared to him in the bush. 36 This man brought them out, having performed prodigies and miracles in Egypt, and at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
37 This is the Moses who said to the children of Israel, A prophet shall God raise up for you, of your brothers, like me. 38 This is he that was with the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, who received the living oracles to give us, 39 whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him away and turned back in their hearts to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, Make us gods to go before us; for this Moses who led us up out of Egypt, we know not what has happened to him.
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands. 42 And God turned and gave them up to serve the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets; Did you offer victims and sacrifices to me forty years in the wilderness, house of Israel, 43 and take up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of the god Rephan, figures which you made to worship? I will even remove you beyond Babylon.
44 Our fathers in the wilderness received the tabernacle of the testimony, as he that spoke to Moses charged him to make it according to the pattern which he had seen; 45 which also our fathers receiving it in succession brought with Joshua into the possession of the nations, whom God expelled before the face of our fathers till the days of David; 46 who found favor with God and desired to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob. 47 And Solomon built him a house. 48 But the Most High dwells not in [temples] made with hands, as the prophet says;
49 Heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool; what house will you build me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest? 50 has not my hand made all these things?
51 Stiff necked, and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always fight against the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, you also do. 52 Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, of whom you now have become betrayers and murderers, 53 who have received the law by orders of angels and have not kept it.
54 And when they heard these things they were enraged in their minds and gnashed their teeth upon him. 55 But he being full of the Holy Spirit, looking steadily to heaven 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 And crying with a loud voice they stopped their ears and rushed upon him with one accord, 58 and casting him out of the city, stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man called Saul, 59 and they stoned Stephen, calling and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 And kneeling down he cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And having said this he fell asleep.