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
1Ɔsɔfopanin no bisaa Stefano sɛ, “Nsɛm a wɔaka agu wo so no nyinaa yɛ nokorɛ anaa?”
2Stefano buaa sɛ, “Anuanom ne agyanom, montie me! Ansa na yɛn agya Abraham rebɛfiri Mesopotamia akɔtena Haran no, Onyankopɔn daa nʼanimuonyam adi kyerɛɛ no, 3ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, ‘Firi wʼabusuafoɔ nkyɛn ne wʼasase so kɔ baabi a mɛkyerɛ wo no.’
4“Enti, ɔfirii Kaldea asase so kɔtenaa Haran. Abraham agya wuo akyi no, Onyankopɔn maa ɔbɛtenaa asase a mote so seesei yi so. 5Onyankopɔn amfa asase no fa baabiara ankyɛ Abraham sɛ nʼankasa dea. Nanso, Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ no bɔ sɛ ɛbɛyɛ ɔne nʼasefoɔ nyinaa dea. Ɛberɛ a Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ Abraham bɔ yi no, na ɔnni mma. 6Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Abraham sɛ, ‘Wʼasefoɔ bɛtena ananafoɔ asase so ayɛ nkoa wɔ hɔ na wɔayɛ wɔn ayayadeɛ mfeɛ ahanan. 7Na mɛtwe ɔman a wɔbɛsom wɔn no aso; na ɛno akyi wɔbɛfiri saa ɔman no mu abɛsom me wɔ ha.’ 8Onyankopɔn ne Abraham yɛɛ apam na wɔde twetiatwa yɛɛ apam no ho nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ. Yei enti, wɔwoo Isak nnawɔtwe akyi no, wɔtwaa no twetia; Isak nso twaa Yakob twetia, saa ara nso na Yakob twitwaa agyanom mpanin dumienu no twetia.
9“Agyanom mpanin no ani beree Yosef enti wɔtɔn no maa ɔkɔyɛɛ akoa wɔ Misraim. Nanso, ɛsiane sɛ na Onyankopɔn wɔ nʼafa enti, 10ɔyii no firii ne haw nyinaa mu. Ɛberɛ a Yosef bɛpuee Misraimhene Farao anim no, Onyankopɔn dom no ahobrɛaseɛ ne nyansa. Yei maa Farao yɛɛ Yosef ɔman no so amrado ne ahemfie hɔ sohwɛfoɔ.
11“Saa ɛberɛ no mu, ɛkɔm kɛseɛ ne ahohia sii Misraim ne Kanaan asase nyinaa so a na yɛn agyanom nnya aduane mpo nni. 12Enti, ɛberɛ a Yakob tee sɛ aduane wɔ Misraim no, ɔsomaa ne mma a wɔyɛ yɛn agyanom maa wɔkɔɔ hɔ deɛ ɛdi ɛkan. 13Wɔkɔɔ ne mprenu so no, Yosef daa ne ho adi kyerɛɛ ne nuanom, na ɛnam so maa Farao hunuu Yosef abusuafoɔ. 14Yosef kraa nʼagya Yakob sɛ ɔne nʼabusuafoɔ nyinaa mmra Misraim. Na wɔn nyinaa dodoɔ yɛ aduɔson enum. 15Afei Yakob kɔtenaa Misraim na ɛhɔ na ɔne yɛn agyanom nyinaa wuwuiɛ. 16Wɔde wɔn amu no kɔɔ Sekem kɔsiee wɔn wɔ Abraham asieeɛ bi a ɔtɔ firii Hamor abusua mu no mu.
17“Ɛbɔ a Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ Abraham no berɛ reduru no, na yɛn nkurɔfoɔ a wɔwɔ Misraim no ase atrɛ. 18Akyire no, ɔhene foforɔ bi bɛdii adeɛ wɔ Misraim a na ɔnnim Yosef ho asɛm. 19Saa ɔhene yi de atirimuɔden dii yɛn agyanom so, hyɛɛ wɔn maa wɔtotoo wɔn mma guiɛ sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a wɔbɛwuwu.
20“Saa ɛberɛ yi mu na wɔwoo Mose a na ɔkura Onyankopɔn animuonyam no. Wɔhwɛɛ no wɔ nʼagya efie abosome mmiɛnsa, 21na wɔyii no firii hɔ no, Farao babaa kɔfaa no de no baa ne fie hwɛɛ no sɛ nʼankasa ne ba. 22Wɔtetee no Misraimfoɔ nimdeɛ mu maa ɔyɛɛ den wɔ ɔkasa ne nneyɛeɛ mu.
23“Mose dii mfeɛ aduanan no, ɔyɛɛ nʼadwene sɛ ɔrekɔsra ne nuanom Israelfoɔ. 24Ɔduruu hɔ no, ɔhunuu sɛ Misraimni bi resisi ne nuanom mu baako bi. Mose kɔboaa ne nua no ma Mose kumm Misraimni no. 25Mose susuu sɛ nʼankasa nkurɔfoɔ bɛhunuu sɛ Onyankopɔn nam ne so bɛma wɔade wɔn ho, nanso wɔante aseɛ. 26Adeɛ kyeeɛ no, ɔhunuu sɛ Israelfoɔ baanu bi reko enti ɔkɔɔ hɔ sɛ ɔrekɔpata. Ɔbisaa wɔn sɛ, ‘Adɛn enti na moatwa mo ho reko? Monnim sɛ moyɛ anuanom anaa?’
27“Deɛ ɔresisi ne yɔnko no sum Mose bisaa no sɛ, ‘Hwan na ɔyɛɛ wo yɛn so panin ne ɔtemmufoɔ? 28Wopɛ sɛ wokum me sɛdeɛ nnora wokumm Misraimni no anaa?’ 29Ɛberɛ a Mose tee saa asɛm yi no, ɔtu firii Misraim kɔtenaa Midian asase so. Ɛhɔ na ɔwoo mmammarima baanu.
30“Mfeɛ aduanan akyi no, ɔbɔfoɔ bi nam wira bi gyaframa mu yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ Mose wɔ ɛserɛ bi a ɛbɛn bepɔ Sinai no so. 31Deɛ Mose hunuiɛ no maa ne ho dwirii no enti ɔtwe bɛn ho pɛɛ sɛ ɔhwɛ no yie. Ɔtee Awurade nne sɛ, 32‘Mene wo agyanom Abraham, Isak ne Yakob Onyankopɔn.’ Ehu kaa Mose enti wantumi anhwɛ.
33“Awurade ka kyerɛɛ Mose sɛ, ‘Worɔ wɔ mpaboa, ɛfiri sɛ, faako a wogyina no yɛ asase kronkron. 34Mahwɛ na mahunu atirimuɔden a wɔde yɛ me manfoɔ a wɔwɔ Misraim no. Mate apinie a wɔresi no nyinaa na maba sɛ merebɛgye wɔn. Yɛ ntɛm na mensoma wo nkɔ Misraim.’
35“Saa Mose yi ne obi a Israelfoɔ poo no ɛberɛ a wɔbisaa no sɛ, ‘Hwan na ɔyɛɛ wo yɛn so panin ne ɔtemmufoɔ no?’ Ɔno na Onyankopɔn nam ɔbɔfoɔ a ɔyii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ no wɔ wira a ɛrehyeɛ no gyaframa mu no, yɛɛ no ɔpanin ne ɔgyefoɔ. 36Ɔno na ɔnam anwanwadeɛ ne nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ so yii Israelfoɔ firii Misraim de wɔn twaa Po Kɔkɔɔ no dii wɔn anim wɔ ɛserɛ so mfeɛ aduanan no.
37“Mose yi ara na ɔka kyerɛɛ Israelfoɔ sɛ, sɛdeɛ Onyankopɔn somaa me no, saa ara na ɔbɛyi odiyifoɔ a ɔte sɛ me afiri mo mu aba mo nkyɛn. 38Ɔno ne obi a ɔne Israelfoɔ yɛɛ nhyiamu wɔ ɛserɛ no so hɔ; ɔne yɛn agyanom ne ɔbɔfoɔ a ɔkasa kyerɛɛ wɔn wɔ Sinai Bepɔ no so no, na na saa ɛberɛ no wɔwɔ hɔ. Ne nsa kaa Onyankopɔn asɛm a nkwa wɔ mu no de brɛɛ yɛn.
39“Nanso, yɛn agyanom antie no. Wɔpoo no pɛɛ sɛ wɔsane kɔ Misraim asase so bio. 40Enti, wɔka kyerɛɛ Aaron, sɛ, ‘Yɛ ahoni bi a wɔbɛdi yɛn anim ma yɛn, ɛfiri sɛ, yɛnnim asɛm a ato saa Mose a ɔyii yɛn firii Misraim asase so no!’ 41Wɔyɛɛ nantwie ba sɛso ohoni bi bɔɔ afɔdeɛ maa no, gyee wɔn ani sɛdeɛ ɛsɛ. 42Onyankopɔn twee ne ho firii wɔn ho ma wɔsomm ɔsoro nsoromma sɛdeɛ wɔatwerɛ wɔ adiyifoɔ nwoma mu sɛ,
“ ‘Israelfoɔ, ɛnyɛ me na mode afɔrebɔdeɛ ne ayɛyɛdeɛ brɛɛ me
mfeɛ aduanan wɔ ɛserɛ so anaa?
43Mode mo ho nyinaa ato Molek nyame
ne mo honi Rɛfan so;
wɔyɛ ahoni a moayɛ sɛ mobɛsom wɔn.
Saa enti, mɛpam mo makɔgu Babilonia akyi.’
44“Saa ɛberɛ no na ntomadan a ɛdi adanseɛ sɛ Onyankopɔn ka ne manfoɔ ho no ka yɛn agyanom ho wɔ ɛserɛ so hɔ. Mose sii ntomadan yi sɛdeɛ Onyankopɔn kyerɛɛ no sɛ ɔnsi no no ara pɛ. 45Akyire yi, yɛn agyanom a Yosua dii wɔn anim no de ntomadan no baa asase a Onyankopɔn pamoo so nnipa de maa wɔn no so. Ɛsii hɔ ara kɔsii Dawid ɛberɛ so. 46Onyankopɔn hyiraa Dawid enti ɔbisaa Onyankopɔn sɛ ɔmma ɔnsi asɔredan mma Yakob Onyankopɔn. 47Nanso, Salomo na ɔsii dan no maa Onyankopɔn.
48“Nanso, ɔsorosoro Onyankopɔn nte ɛdan a nnipa asi mu, sɛdeɛ odiyifoɔ no ka sɛ,
49“ ‘Ɔsoro yɛ mʼahennwa,
na asase yɛ me nan ntiasoɔ.
Ɛdan bɛn na wobɛsi ama me?
Awurade na ɔseɛ.
Wobɛtumi asi ahomegyebea ama me?
50Ɛnyɛ mʼankasa na meyɛɛ yeinom nyinaa?’
51“Mo asoɔdenfoɔ, mo a mo akoma apirim na montie Onyankopɔn asɛm. Mote sɛ mo agyanom pɛpɛɛpɛ. Mo nso, daa mosi Honhom Kronkron no ho kwan. 52Odiyifoɔ bi wɔ hɔ a mo agyanom antaa no anaa? Wɔkumm Onyankopɔn asomafoɔ a wɔdii ɛkan bɔɔ ɔteneneeni a ɔbɛba no ho dawuro. Saa ara nso na moapa no, akum no. 53Mo ara ne nnipa a monam abɔfoɔ so nyaa Onyankopɔn mmara no, nanso moanni so.”
Wɔsi Stefano Aboɔ
54Agyinatufoɔ no tee asɛm a Stefano kaeɛ no, wɔn bo fuu yie. 55Nanso, Stefano a Honhom Kronkron ahyɛ no ma no maa nʼani so hwɛɛ ɔsoro hunuu Onyankopɔn animuonyam ne Yesu Kristo sɛ ɔgyina Onyankopɔn nsa nifa so. 56Stefano kaa sɛ, “Mehunu sɛ ɔsoro abue na Onipa Ba no gyina Onyankopɔn nsa nifa so!”
57Wɔteateaam de wɔn nsa sisii wɔn aso. Afei, wɔn nyinaa bɔɔ twi kɔto hyɛɛ ne so, 58twee no kɔɔ kurotia kɔsii no aboɔ. Wɔn a wɔsii no aboɔ no yiyii wɔn ntoma de maa aberanteɛ bi a wɔfrɛ no Saulo sɛ ɔnhwɛ so.
59Wɔresi Stefano aboɔ no nyinaa na ɔrebɔ mpaeɛ sɛ, “Awurade Yesu, wo nsam na mede me honhom mehyɛ!” 60Afei, ɔbuu nkotodwe teaam denden sɛ, “Awurade, fa wɔn bɔne kyɛ wɔn.” Ɔkaa saa wieeɛ no, ɔwuiɛ.