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Acts 7:1-60

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.

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Djela Apostolska 7:1-60

Stjepanov govor pred Vijećem

1Veliki svećenik ga upita: “Je li to istina?”

2Stjepan odgovori: “Braćo i časni oci, poslušajte me! Naš se slavni Bog ukazao našemu ocu Abrahamu u Mezopotamiji, prije nego što se nastanio u Haranu. 3Rekao mu je: ‘Idi iz svoje zemlje, iz svojega zavičaja, u zemlju koju ću ti pokazati.’7:3 Postanak 12:1. 4Abraham tako napusti kaldejsku zemlju i nastani se u Haranu. Odande ga je Bog, nakon smrti njegova oca, preselio u ovu zemlju u kojoj vi sada živite. 5Ali nije mu u njoj dao nikakvu baštinu, ni stopu zemlje, nego ju je obećao dati njemu i njegovim potomcima iako Abraham još nije imao djece. 6Bog mu je također rekao da će njegovi potomci živjeti u tuđoj zemlji kao robovi i da će ih ondje tlačiti četiri stotine godina. 7Ali rekao je: ‘Narodu kojemu će robovati ja ću suditi. A zatim će izići i klanjati mi se na ovomu mjestu.’7:5-7 Postanak 15:13-14. 8Zatim je Bog s Abrahamom sklopio savez obrezanja. Tako je Izak, Abrahamov sin, obrezan kad mu je bilo osam dana. Izak je tako učinio sa svojim sinom Jakovom, a Jakov s dvanaestoricom sinova, patrijarsima židovskoga naroda.

9A Jakovljevi sinovi, patrijarsi, bili su ljubomorni na svojega brata, Josipa, pa su ga prodali kao roba u Egipat. Ali Bog je bio s njim 10i izbavljao ga iz svih nevolja. Darivao ga je svojom naklonošću i mudrošću pred egipatskim kraljem, faraonom, te ga je on postavio za upravitelja Egipta i cijeloga svojeg dvora.

11Poslije je zavladala glad u cijelome Egiptu i Kanaanu. Naši su preci bili u velikoj nevolji: nisu mogli naći hrane. 12Jakov je čuo da u Egiptu ima žita pa je onamo poslao svoje sinove, naše pretke. 13Kad su drugi put otišli onamo, Josip je otkrio braći tko je, pa je faraon upoznao njegovu obitelj. 14Zatim je Josip poslao po svojega oca Jakova i svu svoju rodbinu da dođu u Egipat. Bilo ih je sedamdeset pet. 15Tako je Jakov došao u Egipat. Ondje su umrli on i njegovi sinovi, naši preci. 16Prenijeli su ih u Sihem i položili u grob koji je Abraham za srebro kupio od Hamorovih sinova.

17Kako se bližilo vrijeme ispunjenja obećanja koje je Bog dao Abrahamu, u Egiptu je naš narod rastao i množio se. 18Ali na egipatsko prijestolje dođe novi kralj, koji nije poznavao Josipa. 19Zlostavljao je naše pretke i primoravao roditelje da ostavljaju svoju novorođenčad da pomre.

20U to se doba rodio Mojsije. Bio je prelijepo dijete. Roditelji su se o njemu brinuli tri mjeseca. 21Kad su ga na koncu morali ostaviti, pronašla ga je faraonova kći i odgojila kao vlastitoga sina. 22Mojsije je poučen svoj egipatskoj mudrosti. Postao je silnim i u riječima i na djelima.

23Kad mu je bilo četrdeset godina, srce ga ponuka da posjeti svoje rođake, izraelski narod. 24Ondje ugleda kako neki Egipćanin zlostavlja Izraelca. Braneći zlostavljanog Izraelca, suprotstavi se Egipćaninu te se osveti i ubije ga. 25Mislio je da će njegova braća shvatiti kako ga je Bog poslao da ih spasi, ali oni nisu razumjeli.

26Sutradan opet ode k njima i ugleda kako se tuku dva Izraelca. Počne ih nagovarati da se pomire: ‘Ljudi!’ reče im. ‘Braća ste! Zašto zlostavljate jedni druge?!’

27Ali onaj koji je zlostavljao bližnjega odgurne Mojsija i reče: ‘Tko je tebe postavio poglavarom i sucem nad nama? 28Kaniš li i mene ubiti kao onoga Egipćanina jučer?’ 29Kad je to čuo, Mojsije pobjegne i skloni se u midjansku zemlju. Ondje su mu se rodila dva sina.

30Četrdeset godina nakon toga ukazao mu se anđeo u pustinji blizu gore Sinaja, u plamtećoj vatri gorućega grma. 31Mojsije je opazio gorući grm i zadivljen se pitao što je to. Dok je prilazio da bolje pogleda, začuje Gospodnji glas: 32‘Ja sam Abrahamov, Izakov i Jakovljev Bog.’ Mojsije se silno preplaši. Nije se usuđivao gledati.

33Gospodin mu reče: ‘Izuj sandale s nogu jer stojiš na svetoj zemlji. 34Dobro sam vidio nevolju svojega naroda u Egiptu i čuo njegove uzdahe. Sišao sam da ga izbavim. Idi sada! Šaljem te u Egipat!’7:31-34 Izlazak 3:5-10.

35Toga istog Mojsija kojega su se odrekli pitajući ga: ‘Tko je tebe postavio poglavarom i sucem nad nama?’ Bog im je poslao kao poglavara i otkupitelja da ih izbavi, preko anđela koji mu se ukazao u gorućem grmu. 36On ih je izveo iz Egipta čineći čudesa i znakovlje. Vodio ih je kroz Crveno more i kroz pustinju četrdeset godina.

37Taj je isti Mojsije rekao izraelskome narodu: ‘Bog će vam podignuti proroka poput mene iz vašega vlastitog naroda.’7:37 Ponovljeni zakon 18:15. 38Isti je Mojsije bio posrednikom između izraelskoga naroda i anđela koji mu je dao riječi života na gori Sinaju da ih preda nama.

39Naši preci nisu mu se htjeli pokoriti, nego su ga odbili i srcima se opet okrenuli prema Egiptu. 40Rekli su Aronu: ‘Napravi nam bogove koji će ići pred nama jer ne znamo što se dogodilo s Mojsijem koji nas je izveo iz Egipta!’ 41Načinili su idola u obliku teleta, prinijeli mu žrtve i veselili se tomu što su učinili. 42A Bog se okrenuo od njih i pustio ih da se klanjaju suncu, mjesecu i zvijezdama kao svojim bogovima. U proročkoj je knjizi zapisano:

‘Zar ste meni prinosili žrtve

za četrdeset godina u pustinji, Izraele?

43Ne; okrenuli ste se poganskim bogovima—

Molohovu svetištu

i zvijezdi boga Refana,

likovima koje ste načinili da biste im se klanjali.

Zato ću vas odvesti u progonstvo

dalje od Babilona!’7:42-43 Amos 5:25-27.

44Naši su preci sa sobom kroz pustinju nosili Šator svjedočanstva. Bio je načinjen točno prema predlošku koji je Mojsiju pokazao Bog. 45Mnogo godina zatim, kad je Jošua ratovao protiv poganskih naroda koje je Bog istjerao iz te zemlje, Šator su unijeli sa sobom u novu zemlju. Ondje je ostao sve do vremena kralja Davida.

46Davidu je Bog bio milostiv, te ga je zamolio za dopuštenje da izgradi Hram Jakovljevu Bogu. 47Ali izgradio ga je tek Salomon. 48Ipak, Svevišnji ne prebiva u hramovima koje su izgradile ljudske ruke. Kao što kaže prorok:

49‘Nebo mi je prijestolje,

a zemlja podnožje mojim nogama.

Kakav mi vi dom možete izgraditi?

Gdje da počivam?

50Zar nije moja ruka stvorila sve u nebu i na zemlji?’7:49-50 Izaija 66:1-2.

51Tvrdoglavi ste! Pogani ste u srcima i gluhi za istinu!7:51 U grčkome: neobrezanih srca i ušiju. Uvijek se opirete Svetome Duhu, baš kao i vaši preci! 52Ima li ijedan prorok kojega vaši oci nisu progonili? Pobili su one koji su pretkazali dolazak Pravednika—kojega ste vi izdali i smaknuli. 53Preko anđela ste dobili Zakon, a niste ga se držali!”

54Kad su to čuli, židovski se vođe toliko razgnjeve na Stjepana da na njega počnu škripati zubima. 55Ali Stjepan, pun Svetoga Duha, upre pogled u nebo i ugleda Božju slavu i Isusa kako stoji na počasnome mjestu, Bogu zdesna. 56“Vidim otvorena nebesa”, reče, “i Sina Čovječjega kako stoji zdesna Bogu.”

57Oni nato rukama poklope uši i vičući iz svega glasa složno navale na njega. 58Izvuku ga iz grada i počnu kamenovati. Svjedoci odlože ogrtače do nogu mladića Savla.7:58 Savao se također zove Pavao. Vidjeti: 13:9.

59Dok su ga kamenovali, Stjepan je zazivao: “Gospodine Isuse, primi moj duh!” 60Zatim se baci na koljena i poviče iz sve snage: “Gospodine, ne uzmi im ovo za grijeh!” Pošto to izgovori, izdahne.