1Then said the high priest, Are these things so? 2And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, 3And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. 4Then came he out of the land of the Chaldæans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell. 5And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child. 6And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years. 7And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place. 8And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs. 9And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, 10And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. 11Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance. 12But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. 13And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph’s kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. 14Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. 15So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers, 16And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem. 17But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, 18Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph. 19The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live. 20In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father’s house three months: 21And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. 22And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. 23And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. 24And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: 25For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. 26And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? 27But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? 28Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? 29Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons. 30And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. 31When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, 32Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold. 33Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground. 34I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt. 35This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. 36He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
37¶ This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. 38This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: 39To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, 40Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 41And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. 42Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? 43Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon. 44Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen. 45Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David; 46Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. 47But Solomon built him an house. 48Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, 49Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? 50Hath not my hand made all these things?
51¶ Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. 52Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 53Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
54¶ When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. 57Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. 59And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Stefano Yi Ne Ho Ano
1Ɔsɔfopanyin no bisaa Stefano se, “Nsɛm a wɔaka agu wo so no nyinaa yɛ nokware ana?”
2Stefano buae se, “Anuanom ne agyanom, muntie me! Ansa na yɛn agya Abraham rebefi Mesopotamia akɔtena Haran no, Onyankopɔn daa nʼanuonyam adi kyerɛɛ no, 3ka kyerɛɛ no se, ‘Fi wʼabusuafo nkyɛn ne wʼasase so kɔ baabi a mɛkyerɛ wo no.’
4“Enti ofii Kaldea asase so kɔtenaa Haran. Abraham agya wu akyi no Onyankopɔn ma ɔbɛtenaa asase a mote so mprempren yi so. 5Onyankopɔn amfa asase no fa baabiara ankyɛ Abraham sɛ nʼankasa de. Nanso Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ no bɔ sɛ ɛbɛyɛ ɔne nʼasefo nyinaa dea. Bere a Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ Abraham bɔ yi na onni mma. 6Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Abraham se, ‘Wʼasefo bɛtena ananafo asase so ayɛ nkoa wɔ hɔ na wɔayɛ wɔn ayayade mfe ahannan. 7Na mɛtwe ɔman a wɔbɛsom wɔn no aso; na ɛno akyi wobefi saa ɔman no mu abɛsom me wɔ ha.’ 8Onyankopɔn ne Abraham yɛɛ apam na wɔde twetiatwa yɛɛ apam no ho nsɛnkyerɛnne. Eyi nti wɔwoo Isak nnaawɔtwe akyi na wotwaa no twetia; Isak nso twaa Yakob twetia, saa ara na Yakob twitwaa agyanom mpanyin dumien no nso twetia.
9“Agyanom mpanyin no ani beree Yosef enti wɔtɔn no ma ɔkɔyɛɛ akoa wɔ Misraim. Nanso esiane sɛ na Onyankopɔn wɔ nʼafa nti 10oyii no fii ne haw nyinaa mu. Ɔmaa Yosef nyansa na Misraimhene Farao pɛɛ nʼasɛm. Eyi maa Farao yɛɛ Yosef ɔman no so amrado ne ahemfi hɔ nyinaa sohwɛfo.
11“Saa bere no mu na ɔkɔm kɛse ne ahohia sii Misraim ne Kanaan asase nyinaa so a na yɛn agyanom nnya aduan mpo nni. 12Enti bere a Yakob tee sɛ aduan wɔ Misraim no, ɔsomaa ne mma a wɔyɛ yɛn agyanom ma wɔkɔɔ hɔ nea edi kan. 13Wɔkɔɔ ne mprenu so no, Yosef daa ne ho adi kyerɛɛ ne nuanom, na ɛnam so ma Farao huu Yosef abusuafo. 14Yosef kraa nʼagya Yakob se ɔne nʼabusuafo nyinaa mmra Misraim. Na wɔn nyinaa dodow yɛ aduɔson anum. 15Afei, Yakob kɔtenaa Misraim na ɛhɔ na ɔne yɛn agyanom nyinaa wuwui. 16Wɔde wɔn amu no kɔɔ Sekem kosiee wɔn wɔ Abraham asiei bi a ɔtɔ fii Hamor abusua mu no hɔ.
17“Bɔ a Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ Abraham no bere redu no, na yɛn nkurɔfo a wɔwɔ Misraim no ase atrɛw. 18Akyiri no, ɔhene foforo bi bedii ade wɔ Misraim a na onnim Yosef ho asɛm. 19Saa ɔhene yi de atirimɔden dii yɛn agyanom so, hyɛɛ wɔn ma wɔtotow wɔn mma gui sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wobewuwu.
20“Saa bere yi mu na wɔwoo Mose a na okura Onyankopɔn anuonyam no. Wɔhwɛɛ no wɔ nʼagya fi asram abiɛsa, 21na woyii no fii hɔ no, Farao babea kɔfaa no de no baa ne fi hwɛɛ no sɛ nʼankasa ne ba. 22Wɔtetew no wɔ Misraimfo nimdeɛ mu ma ɔyɛɛ den wɔ ɔkasa ne nneyɛe mu.
23“Mose dii mfe aduanan no, ɔyɛɛ nʼadwene sɛ ɔrekɔsra ne nuanom Israelfo. 24Oduu hɔ no ohuu sɛ Misraimni bi resisi ne nuanom mu baako bi. Mose kɔboaa ne nua no ma Mose kum Misraimni no. 25Mose susuw sɛ nʼankasa nkurɔfo behu sɛ Onyankopɔn nam ne so bɛma wɔade wɔn ho nanso wɔante ase. 26Ade kyee no, ohuu sɛ Israelfo baanu bi reko enti ɔkɔɔ hɔ sɛ ɔrekɔpata. Obisaa wɔn se, ‘Adɛn nti na moatwa mo ho reko? Munnim sɛ moyɛ anuanom ana?’
27“Nea ɔresisi ne yɔnko no sum Mose bisaa no se, ‘Hena na ɔyɛɛ wo yɛn so panyin ne otemmufo? 28Wopɛ sɛ wukum me sɛnea nnɛra wukum Misraimni no ana?’ 29Mose tee saa no, otu fii Misraim kɔtenaa Midian asase so. Ɛhɔ na ɔwoo mmabarima baanu.
30“Mfe aduanan akyi no, ɔbɔfo nam wura bi gyaframa mu yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ Mose wɔ sare bi a ɛbɛn bepɔw Sinai no so. 31Nea Mose huu no maa ne ho dwiriw no enti otwiw bɛn ho pɛɛ sɛ ɔhwɛ no yiye. Ɔtee Awurade nne se, 32‘Mene wo agyanom Abraham, Isak ne Yakob Nyankopɔn.’ Ehu kaa Mose nti wantumi anhwɛ.
33“Awurade ka kyerɛɛ Mose se, ‘Worɔw wo mpaboa, efisɛ faako a wugyina no yɛ asase kronkron. 34Mahwɛ na mahu atirimɔden a wɔde yɛ me manfo a wɔwɔ Misraim no. Mate apini a wɔresi no nyinaa na maba sɛ merebegye wɔn. Yɛ ntɛm na mensoma wo nkɔ Misraim.’
35“Saa Mose yi ne obi a Israelfo poo no bere a wobisaa no se, ‘Hena na ɔyɛɛ wo yɛn so panyin ne otemmufo no?’ Ɔno na Onyankopɔn nam ɔbɔfo a oyii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ no wɔ nwura a ɛrehyew no gyaframa mu no, yɛɛ no ɔpanyin ne ogyefo. 36Ɔno na ɔnam anwonwade ne nsɛnkyerɛnne so yii Israelfo fii Misraim de wɔn twaa Po Kɔkɔɔ no, dii wɔn anim wɔ sare so mfe aduanan no.
37“Mose yi ara na ɔka kyerɛɛ Israelfo se, sɛnea Onyankopɔn somaa me no, saa ara na obeyi odiyifo a ɔte sɛ me afi mo mu aba mo nkyɛn. 38Ɔno ne obi a ɔne Israelfo yɛɛ nhyiamu wɔ sare no so hɔ; ɔne yɛn agyanom ne ɔbɔfo a ɔkasa kyerɛɛ wɔn wɔ Sinai Bepɔw no so no. Ne nsa kaa Onyankopɔn asɛm a nkwa wɔ mu no de brɛɛ yɛn.
39“Nanso yɛn agyanom antie no. Wɔpoo no pɛɛ sɛ wɔsan kɔ Misraim asase so bio. 40Enti wɔka kyerɛɛ Aaron se, ‘Yɛ ahoni bi a wobedi yɛn anim ma yɛn, efisɛ yennim asɛm a ato saa Mose a oyii yɛn fii Misraim asase so no!’ 41Wɔyɛɛ nantwi ba sɛso honi bi bɔɔ afɔre maa no, gyee wɔn ani sɛnea ɛsɛ. 42Onyankopɔn twee ne ho fii wɔn ho ma wɔsom ɔsoro nsoromma sɛnea wɔakyerɛw wɔ adiyifo nhoma mu se,
“ ‘Israelfo, ɛnyɛ me na mode afɔrebɔde ne ayɛyɛde brɛɛ me
mfe aduanan wɔ sare so ana?
43Mode mo ho nyinaa ato Molek nyame,
ne mo honi Rɛfan so;
wɔyɛ ahoni a moayɛ sɛ mobɛsom wɔn.
Saa nti mɛpam mo akogu Babilonia akyi.’
44“Saa bere no na ntamadan a edi adanse sɛ Onyankopɔn ka ne manfo ho no ka yɛn agyanom ho wɔ sare so hɔ. Mose sii ntamadan yi sɛnea Onyankopɔn kyerɛɛ no sɛ onsi no no ara pɛ. 45Akyiri no, yɛn agyanom a Yosua dii wɔn anim no de ntamadan no baa asase a Onyankopɔn pam so nnipa de maa wɔn no so. Esii hɔ ara kosii Dawid bere so. 46Onyankopɔn hyiraa Dawid enti obisaa Onyankopɔn se ɔmma onsi asɔredan mma Yakob Nyankopɔn. 47Nanso Salomo na osii dan no maa Onyankopɔn.
48“Nanso ɔsorosoro Nyankopɔn nte ɔdan a nnipa asi mu, sɛnea odiyifo no ka se,
49“ ‘Ɔsoro yɛ mʼahengua,
Awurade na ose.
Na asase yɛ mʼanan ntiaso.
Ɔdan bɛn na wubesi ama me?
Na mʼahomegyebea wɔ he?
50Ɛnyɛ mʼankasa na meyɛɛ eyinom nyinaa?’
51“Mo asoɔdenfo, mo a mo koma apirim na muntie Onyankopɔn asɛm. Mote sɛ mo agyanom pɛpɛɛpɛ. Mo nso daa musiw Honhom Kronkron no ho kwan. 52Odiyifo bi wɔ hɔ a mo agyanom antaa no ana? Wokum Onyankopɔn asomafo a wodii kan bɔɔ ɔtreneeni a ɔbɛba no ho dawuru. Saa ara nso na moapa no, akum no. 53Mo ara ne nnipa a monam abɔfo so nyaa Onyankopɔn mmara no, nanso moanni so.”
Wosiw Stefano Abo
54Agyinatufo no tee asɛm a Stefano kae no, wɔn bo fuw yiye. 55Nanso Stefano a Honhom Kronkron ahyɛ no ma no maa nʼani so hwɛɛ ɔsoro huu Onyankopɔn anuonyam ne Yesu Kristo sɛ ogyina Onyankopɔn nsa nifa so. 56Stefano kae se, “Mihu sɛ ɔsoro abue na Onipa Ba no gyina Onyankopɔn nsa nifa so!”
57Wɔteɛteɛɛ mu de wɔn nsa sisiw wɔn aso. Afei wɔn nyinaa bɔɔ twi kɔtow hyɛɛ no so, 58twee no kɔɔ kurotia kosiw no abo. Wɔn a wosiw no abo no yiyii wɔn ntama de maa aberante bi a wɔfrɛ no Saulo sɛ ɔnhwɛ so.
59Wɔresiw Stefano abo no nyinaa na ɔrebɔ mpae se, “Awurade Yesu, wo nsam na mede me honhom hyɛ!” 60Afei obuu nkotodwe teɛɛ mu dennen se, “Awurade, fa wɔn bɔne kyɛ wɔn.” Ɔkaa saa no, owui.