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Acts 7

Stephen, permitted to answer to the accusation of blasphemy,

Acts 7:1 Then sayde the hye prest: Is it eue so?

sheweth that Abraham worshipped God rightly, and how God chose the fathers

Acts 7:2 He sayde: Deare brethren and fathers, herken to, The God of glorye appeared vnto or father Abraha, whyle he was yet in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, Acts 7:3 and sayde vnto him: Get ye out of thy coutre, and fro thy kynred, and come into a londe which I wil shewe ye. Acts 7:4 The wente he out of the lande of the Caldees, and dwelt in Haran. And from thece, whan his father was deed, he brought him ouer in to this londe (where ye dwell now) Acts 7:5 and gaue him no enheritauce therin, no not ye bredth of a fote: and promysed him, that he wolde geue it him to possesse, and to his sede after him, whan as yet he had no childe. Acts 7:6 But thus sayde God vnto him: Thy sede shalbe a straunger in a straunge londe, and they shal make bonde men of them, and intreate the euell foure hundreth yeares: Acts 7:7 and ye people whom they shal serue, wil I iudge, sayde God. And after that shal they go forth, and serue me in this place. Acts 7:8 And he gaue him the couenaut of circucision. And he begat Isaac, and circucised him the eight daye. And Isaac begat Iacob and Iacob begat the twolue Patriarkes. Acts 7:9 And the Patriarkes had indignacion at Ioseph, and solde hi in to Egipte. And God was with him, Acts 7:10 and delyuered him out of all his troubles, and gaue him fauoure ad wyssdome i the sight of Pharao kynge of Egipte which made him prynce ouer Egipte and ouer all his house. Acts 7:11 But there came a derth ouer all the londe of Egipte and Canaan, and a greate trouble, and oure fathers founde no sustenaunce. Acts 7:12 But Iacob herde that there was corne in Egipte, and sent oure fathers out the first tyme. Acts 7:13 And at the seconde tyme was Ioseph knowne of his brethren, and Iosephs kynred was made knowne vnto Pharao. Acts 7:14 But Ioseph sent out, and caused his father and all his kynred to be broughte, eue thre score and fyftene soules. Acts 7:15 And Iacob wente downe in to Egipte, and dyed, both he and oure fathers Acts 7:16 and were brought ouer vnto Siche, and layed in the sepulcre, that Abraham boughte for money of the children of Hemor at Sichem. Acts 7:17 Now wha the tyme of the promes drue nye (which God had sworne vnto Abraha) the people grewe and multiplied in Egipte, Acts 7:18 tyll there rose another kynge, which knewe not of Ioseph. Acts 7:19 The same dealte suttely wt oure kynred, and intreated oure fathers euell and made them to cast out the yonge children, that they shulde not remayne alyue.

before Moses was born, and before the Tabernacle and Temple were built:

Acts 7:20 At the same tyme was Moses borne, and was a proper childe before God, and was norished thre monethes in his fathers house. Acts 7:21 But whan he was cast out, Pharaos doughter toke him vp, and norished him vp for hir awne sonne. Acts 7:22 And Moses was learned in all maner wyssdome of the Egipcians, and was mightie in dedes & wordes. Acts 7:23 But whan he was fourtye yeare olde, it came in to his mynde to vyset his brethren the children of Israel. Acts 7:24 And whan he sawe one of them suffre wroge, he helped him, and delyuered him, that had the harme done vnto him, and slewe the Egipcian. Acts 7:25 But he thoughte that his brethren shulde haue vnderstonde, how that God by his hande shulde saue the, howbeit they vnderstode it not. Acts 7:26 And on the nexte daye he shewed himself vnto them as they stroue together, and wolde haue set them at one agayne, and sayde: Syrs, ye are brethren, why hurte ye one another? Acts 7:27 But he that dyd his neghboure wronge, thrust him awaye, and sayde: Who made the a ruler and iudge ouer vs? Acts 7:28 Wilt thou slaye me also, as thou slewest the Egipcian yesterdaye? Acts 7:29 But Moses fled at that sayenge, and was a straunger in the lande of Madian, where he begat two sonnes. Acts 7:30 And after fourtye yeares, the angell of ye LORDE appeared vnto him vpon mount Sina, in a flamme of fyre in a busshe. Acts 7:31 Wha Moses sawe it, he wondred at the sighte. But as he drue nye to beholde, ye voyce of ye LORDE came vnto him: Acts 7:32 I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Iacob. Howbeit Moses trebled, and durst not beholde. Acts 7:33 But ye LORDE sayde vnto hi: Put of thy shues from thy fete, for ye place where thou stondest, is an holy grounde. Acts 7:34 I haue well sene the trouble of my people in Egipte, and haue herde their gronynge, and am come downe to delyuer them. And now come, I wil sende the in to Egipte. Acts 7:35 This Moses, whom they refused, and sayde: Who made ye a ruler and iudge ouer vs? him had God sent to be a ruler & delyuerer by the hande of the angell, that appeared vnto him in the busshe. Acts 7:36 The same broughte them out, and dyd wonders and tokens in Egipte, and in the reed see, and in ye wyldernesse fourtye yeares.

that Moses himself witnessed of Christ,

Acts 7:37 This is that Moses, which sayde vnto the children of Israel: A prophet shal the LORDE youre God rayse vp vnto you euen from amonge youre brethren, like vnto me. Him shal ye heare. Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the congregacion in the wyldernesse with the angell, which talked with him, vpo mount Sina, and with oure fathers. This man receaued the worde of life to geue vnto vs, Acts 7:39 vnto whom oure fathers wolde not be obediet, but thrust him fro the, and in their hertes turned backe agayne in to Egipte, Acts 7:40 and sayde vnto Aaron: Make vs goddes to go before vs, for we can not tell what is become of this Moses, yt broughte vs out of the lande of Egipte. Acts 7:41 And they made a calfe at the same tyme, and offred sacrifice vnto the ymage, and reioysed in the workes of their awne handes. Acts 7:42 But God turned himselfe, & gaue them vp, so that they worshipped the hooste of heaue, as it is wrytten in the boke of the prophetes: O ye house of Israel, gaue ye me sacrifices and catel those fortye yeares in the wyldernesse? Acts 7:43 And ye toke vnto you ye tabernacle of Moloch, and the starre of youre god Remphan, ymages which ye youre selues made to worshippe the. And I wil cast you out beyonde Babilon.

and that all outward ceremonies were ordained according to the heavenly pattern, to last but for a time:

Acts 7:44 Oure fathers had the tabernacle of witnesse in ye wyldernesse, like as he appoynted them, whan he spake vnto Moses, that he shulde make it (acordinge to the patrone, yt he had sene.) Acts 7:45 which oure fathers also receaued, and brought it with Iosue into the londe that the Heythe had in possession, whom God droue out before the face of oure fathers, vntyll the tyme of Dauid, Acts 7:46 which founde fauoure with God, and desyred that he might fynde a tabernacle for the God of Iacob. Acts 7:47 But Salomon buylte hi an house. Acts 7:48 Howbeit ye Hyest of all dwelleth not in temples that are made with handes: As he sayeth by the prophete: Acts 7:49 Heaue is my seate, and the earth is my fote stole. What house then wil ye buylde vnto me? sayeth the LORDE: Or which is the place of my rest? Acts 7:50 Hath not my hande made all these thinges?

reprehending their rebellion, and murdering of Christ, the Just One, whom the prophets foretold should come into the world.

Acts 7:51 Ye styffnecked & of vncircumcysed hertes and eares, ye allwaye resiste the holy goost: Eue as yor fathers dyd, so do ye also. Acts 7:52 Which of the prophetes haue not yor fathers persecuted? And they slewe the, which tolde before of the comynge of ye righteous, whose traytours and murthurers ye are now become. Acts 7:53 Ye receaued the lawe by the mynistracion of angels, and haue not kepte it.

Whereupon they stone him to death, who commendeth his soul to Jesus, and humbly prayeth for them.

Acts 7:54 Whan they herde this, it wente thorow ye hertes of the, and they gnasshed vpo him with their tethe. Acts 7:55 But he beynge full of the holy goost, loked vp towarde heauen, and sawe the glorye of God, and Iesus stodinge on the righte hande of God, Acts 7:56 and sayde: Beholde, I se the heauens open, and the sonne of ma stondinge on ye righte honde of God. Acts 7:57 But they cried out with a loude voyce, & stopped their eares, and rane violently vpon him all at once, Acts 7:58 and thrust him out of the cite, and stoned him. And ye witnesses layed downe their clothes at the fete of a yonge man, which was called Saul. Acts 7:59 And they stoned Steuen, which cryed, & sayde: LORDE Iesu, receaue my sprete. Acts 7:60 And he kneled downe, & cried with a loude voyce: LORDE, laye not this synne to their charge. And wha he had thus spoken, he fell a slepe.

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