Acts 7 – KJV & NASV

King James Version

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.

New Amharic Standard Version

ሐዋርያት ሥራ 7:1-60

እስጢፋኖስ በሸንጎው ፊት ያደረገው ንግግር

1ሊቀ ካህናቱም፣ “ይህ የቀረበብህ ክስ እውነት ነውን?” አለው።

2እስጢፋኖስም እንዲህ ሲል መለሰ፤ “ወንድሞችና አባቶች ሆይ፤ አድምጡኝ! አባታችን አብርሃም ወደ ካራን ከመምጣቱ በፊት፣ ገና በመስጴጦምያ ሳለ፣ የክብር አምላክ ተገልጦለት፣ 3‘ከአገርህና ከወገንህ ተለይተህ እኔ ወደማሳይህ ምድር ሂድ’ አለው።

4“እርሱም ከከለዳውያን ምድር ወጥቶ በካራን ተቀመጠ። ከአባቱም ሞት በኋላ፣ አሁን እናንተ ወደምትኖሩበት ወደዚህ አገር አመጣው። 5በዚህም ስፍራ አንዲት ጫማ ታህል እንኳ ርስት አልሰጠውም፤ ነገር ግን በዚያን ጊዜ ምንም ልጅ ሳይኖረው፣ እርሱና ከእርሱም በኋላ ዘሩ ምድሪቱን እንደሚወርሱ እግዚአብሔር ቃል ገባለት። 6ደግሞም እግዚአብሔር እንዲህ ብሎ ተናገረው፤ ‘ዘርህ በባዕድ አገር መጻተኛ ይሆናል፤ አራት መቶ ዓመትም በባርነት ቀንበር ሥር ይማቅቃል። 7ሆኖም በባርነት የሚገዛቸውን ሕዝብ እኔ ደግሞ እቀጣዋለሁ። ከዚያም አገር ወጥተው በዚህች ስፍራ ያመልኩኛል።’ 8ከዚያም የግዝረትን ኪዳን ሰጠው፤ አብርሃምም ይስሐቅን ወለደ፤ በስምንተኛውም ቀን ገረዘው። ይስሐቅም ያዕቆብን ወለደ፤ ያዕቆብም ዐሥራ ሁለቱን የነገድ አባቶች ወለደ።

9“የነገድ አባቶችም በዮሴፍ ቀንተው በባርነት ወደ ግብፅ ሸጡት፤ እግዚአብሔር ግን ከእርሱ ጋር ስለ ነበር፣ 10ከመከራው ሁሉ አወጣው፤ በግብፅም ንጉሥ በፈርዖን ፊት ሞገስና ጥበብን አጐናጸፈው፤ ፈርዖንም በግብፅና በቤተ መንግሥቱ ሁሉ ላይ ኀላፊ አድርጎ ሾመው።

11“በዚያ ጊዜም በግብፅና በከነዓን አገር ሁሉ ታላቅ መከራን ያስከተለ ራብ መጣ፤ አባቶቻችንም የሚበሉትን ዐጡ። 12ያዕቆብም እህል በግብፅ መኖሩን በሰማ ጊዜ፣ አባቶቻችንን ለመጀመሪያ ጊዜ ወደ ግብፅ ላካቸው፤ 13ለሁለተኛ ጊዜ ሲሄዱ ደግሞ ዮሴፍ ማንነቱን ለወንድሞቹ ገለጠ፤ ፈርዖንም ስለ ዮሴፍ ዘመዶች ተረዳ። 14ከዚህ በኋላ፣ ዮሴፍ ልኮ አባቱን ያዕቆብንና ሰባ አምስት ነፍስ የሚሆኑ ቤተ ዘመዶቹን በሙሉ አስመጣ። 15ያዕቆብ ወደ ግብፅ ወረደ፤ እርሱም አባቶቻችንም በዚያ ሞቱ። 16አስከሬናቸውም ወደ ሴኬም ተወስዶ፣ አብርሃም ከዔሞር ልጆች ላይ በጥሬ ብር በገዛው መቃብር ተቀበረ።

17“እግዚአብሔር ለአብርሃም የገባው ቃል የሚፈጸምበት ጊዜ ሲቃረብም፣ በግብፅ የነበረው የሕዝባችን ቍጥር እየበዛ ሄደ። 18ከዚያ በኋላ ዮሴፍን የማያውቅ ሌላ ንጉሥ በግብፅ ነገሠ። 19እርሱም ሕዝባችንን በተንኰሉ አስጨነቀ፤ ገና የተወለዱ ሕፃናታቸውም ይሞቱ ዘንድ ወደ ውጭ አውጥተው እንዲጥሏቸው አስገደዳቸው።

20“በዚህ ጊዜ ሙሴ ተወለደ፤ እርሱም በእግዚአብሔር ፊት ሞገስን ያገኘ ውብ ሕፃን7፥20 ወይም ተራ ልጅ አልነበረም ነበር። በአባቱም ቤት ሦስት ወር በእንክብካቤ አደገ። 21ወደ ውጭ በተጣለም ጊዜ የፈርዖን ልጅ አግኝታ ወሰደችው፤ እንደ ራሷ ልጅ አድርጋም አሳደገችው። 22ሙሴም የግብፆችን ጥበብ ሁሉ ተማረ፤ በንግግሩና በተግባሩም ብርቱ ሆነ።

23“ሙሴ አርባ ዓመት በሆነው ጊዜ፣ ወንድሞቹን የእስራኤልን ልጆች ሊጐበኝ በልቡ ዐሰበ። 24እርሱም፣ አንድ ግብፃዊ ከወገኖቹ አንዱን በደል ሲያደርስበት አይቶ ግብፃዊውንም ገደለ፤ ለተገፋው ወገኑም ተበቀለ። 25ወገኖቹም እግዚአብሔር በእርሱ እጅ ነጻ እንደሚያወጣቸው የሚያስተውሉ መስሎት ነበር፤ እነርሱ ግን አላስተዋሉም። 26በማግስቱም ደግሞ ሁለት እስራኤላውያን ሲጣሉ ደረሰ፤ ሊያስታርቃቸውም ፈልጎ፣ ‘ሰዎች፤ እናንተ እኮ ወንድማማቾች ናችሁ፤ እንዴት እርስ በርሳችሁ ትጐዳዳላችሁ?’ አላቸው።

27“በባልንጀራው ላይ በደል ሲያደርስ የነበረው ሰው ግን፣ ሙሴን ገፈተረውና እንዲህ አለ፤ ‘አንተን ገዥና ፈራጅ አድርጎ በእኛ ላይ የሾመህ ማን ነው? 28ወይስ ትናንት ግብፃዊውን እንደ ገደልኸው እኔንም ልትገድለኝ ትፈልጋልህን?’ 29ሙሴም ይህን እንደ ሰማ ሸሽቶ በምድያም አገር መጻተኛ ሆኖ ተቀመጠ፤ በዚያም ሁለት ወንዶች ልጆች ወለደ።

30“ከአርባ ዓመት በኋላ፣ በሲና ተራራ አካባቢ ባለው ምድረ በዳ፣ በሚነድድ ቍጥቋጦ ነበልባል ውስጥ መልአክ ተገለጠለት። 31ሙሴም ባየው ነገር ተደነቀ፤ ነገሩን ለማጣራት ወደዚያ ሲቀርብ የጌታ ድምፅ፤ 32‘እኔ የአባቶችህ አምላክ፣ የአብርሃም፣ የይስሐቅ፣ የያዕቆብ አምላክ ነኝ’ ሲል ሰማ። ሙሴም በፍርሀት ተዋጠ፤ ለመመልከትም አልደፈረም።

33“ጌታም እንዲህ አለው፤ ‘የእግርህን ጫማ አውልቅ፤ የቆምህባት ስፍራ የተቀደሰች ምድር ናትና። 34በግብፅ ያለውን የሕዝቤን መከራ በርግጥ አይቻለሁ፤ የጭንቅ ጩኸታቸውን ሰምቻለሁ፤ ላድናቸውም ወርጃለሁ። አሁንም ና፤ ወደ ግብፅ መልሼ እልክሃለሁ።’

35“እንግዲህ እነዚያ፣ ‘ገዥና ፈራጅ አድርጎ የሾመህ ማን ነው?’ ብለው የናቁትን ይህን ሙሴ እግዚአብሔር በቍጥቋጦው ውስጥ በታየው መልአክ አማካይነት ገዥና ታዳጊ አድርጎ ወደ እነርሱ ላከው። 36እርሱም መርቶ ከግብፅ አወጣቸው፤ በግብፅ፣ በቀይ ባሕርና በምድረ በዳ አርባ ዓመት ድንቅ ነገሮችንና ታምራዊ ምልክቶችን አደረገ።

37“የእስራኤልንም ሕዝብ፣ ‘እግዚአብሔር እንደ እኔ ያለ ነቢይ ከመካከላችሁ ያስነሣላችኋል’ ያላቸው ይኸው ሙሴ ነበር። 38እርሱም በሲና ተራራ ከተናገረው መልአክና ከአባቶቻችን ጋር በምድረ በዳ በሕዝቡ ጉባኤ መካከል ነበር፤ የሕይወትንም ቃል ወደ እኛ ለማስተላለፍ ተቀበለ።

39“አባቶቻችን ግን ተቃወሙት እንጂ ሊታዘዙት ስላልፈለጉ በልባቸው ወደ ግብፅ ተመለሱ። 40አሮንንም፣ ‘ፊት ፊታችን የሚሄዱ አማልክት አብጅልን፤ ከግብፅ ምድር መርቶ ያወጣን ያ ሙሴ ምን እንደ ደረሰበት አናውቅምና’ አሉት። 41በዚያን ጊዜ የጥጃ ምስል ሠርተው፣ ለጣዖቱ መሥዋዕት አቀረቡ፤ በእጃቸውም ሥራ ተደሰቱ፤ ፈነጠዙም። 42እግዚአብሔር ግን ከእነርሱ ዘወር አለ፤ ያመልኳቸውም ዘንድ ለሰማይ ከዋክብት አሳልፎ ሰጣቸው፤ ይህም በነቢያት መጽሐፍ እንዲህ ተብሎ በተጻፈው መሠረት ተፈጸመ፤

“ ‘እናንት የእስራኤል ቤት ሆይ፤ አርባ ዓመት በምድረ በዳ በነበራችሁ ጊዜ፣

መሥዋዕትንና መባን ለእኔ አቀረባችሁልኝን?

43ይልቁንም ልታመልኳቸው የሠራችኋቸውን፣

የሞሎክን ድንኳንና የጣዖታችሁን፣

የሬምፉምን ኮከብ ከፍ ከፍ አድርጋችሁ ያዛችሁ።

ስለዚህ እኔም እንድትጋዙ አደርጋለሁ፤ ከባቢሎንም ወዲያ እሰድዳችኋለሁ።’

44“እግዚአብሔር ለሙሴ ባሳየው ንድፍና ባዘዘው መሠረት የተሠራችው የምስክር ድንኳን፣ ከአባቶቻችን ጋር በምድረ በዳ ነበረች። 45አባቶቻችንም ድንኳኗን ከተቀበሉ በኋላ፣ እግዚአብሔር በኢያሱ መሪነት ያሳደዳቸውን የአሕዛብን አገር በወረሱ ጊዜ ይዘዋት ገቡ፤ እስከ ዳዊትም ዘመን ድረስ በምድሪቱ ተቀመጠች፤ 46ዳዊትም በእግዚአብሔር ፊት ሞገስ በማግኘቱ ለያዕቆብ7፥46 አንዳንድ የጥንት ቅጆች የያዕቆብ ቤት ይላሉ። አምላክ ማደሪያ ያዘጋጅ ዘንድ ለመነ፤ 47ነገር ግን የማደሪያውን ቤት የሠራለት ሰሎሞን ነበር።

48“ይሁን እንጂ፣ ልዑል የሰው እጅ በሠራው ቤት ውስጥ አይኖርም፤ ይህም ነቢዩ እንዲህ ባለው መሠረት ነው፤

49“ ‘ሰማይ ዙፋኔ ነው፤

ምድርም የእግሬ ማሳረፊያ ናት፤

ታዲያ ምን ዐይነት ቤት ትሠሩልኛላችሁ?

ይላል ጌታ፤

ወይንስ ማረፊያ የሚሆነኝ የትኛው ቦታ ነው?

50ይህን ሁሉ የሠራው እጄ አይደለምን?’

51“እናንት ልባችሁና ጆሯችሁ ያልተገረዘ፣ ዐንገተ ደንዳኖች ልክ እንደ አባቶቻችሁ መንፈስ ቅዱስን ሁልጊዜ ትቃወማላችሁ። 52ከነቢያት መካከል አባቶቻችሁ ያላሳደዱት ማን አለ? የጻድቁን መምጣት አስቀድመው የተናገሩትን እንኳ ገድለዋል፤ እናንተም አሁን አሳልፋችሁ ሰጣችሁት፤ ገደላችሁትም፤ 53በመላእክት አማካይነት የተሰጣችሁንም ሕግ ተቀበላችሁ እንጂ አልጠበቃችሁትም።”

የእስጢፋኖስ መወገር

54በሸንጎው ስብሰባ ላይ የነበሩትም ይህን በሰሙ ጊዜ እጅግ ተቈጡ፤ ጥርሳቸውንም አፏጩበት። 55እስጢፋኖስ ግን በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ተሞልቶ ወደ ሰማይ ትኵር ብሎ ሲመለከት፣ የእግዚአብሔርን ክብር እንዲሁም ኢየሱስ በእግዚአብሔር ቀኝ ቆሞ አየና፣ 56“እነሆ፤ ሰማያት ተከፍተው፣ የሰው ልጅም በእግዚአብሔር ቀኝ ቆሞ አያለሁ” አለ።

57በዚህ ጊዜ በታላቅ ድምፅ እየጮኹ ጆሯቸውን ደፍነው እርሱ ወደ አለበት በአንድነት ሮጡ፤ 58ይዘውም ከከተማው ውጭ ጣሉት፤ በድንጋይም ይወግሩት ጀመር። ይህ በሚሆንበት ጊዜ በዚያ የነበሩ ምስክሮችም ልብሳቸውን ሳውል በተባለ ጕልማሳ እግር አጠገብ አስቀመጡ።

59እስጢፋኖስም እየወገሩት ሳለ፣ “ጌታ ኢየሱስ ሆይ፤ ነፍሴን ተቀበላት፤” ብሎ ጸለየ፤ 60ከዚያም ተንበርክኮ በታላቅ ድምፅ፣ “ጌታ ሆይ፤ ይህን ኀጢአት አትቍጠርባቸው!” ብሎ ጮኸ፤ ይህን ካለ በኋላም አንቀላፋ።