The Book of Acts – Chapter 7
܀ ܦܪܟܣܣ ܕܫܠܝ̈ܚܐ ܀
1 And the high priest asked him:
Are these things so?
2 And he said:
Men, brethren, and our fathers, hear ye.
The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was between the rivers, before he came to reside in Charran;
3 and he said to him:
Depart from thy country, and from thy kindred, and go to a land which I will show to thee.
4 And then Abraham departed from the land of the Chaldeans, and came and dwelt in Charran.
And from there, after his father had died, God removed him to this land, in which ye this day dwell.
5 And he did not give him an inheritance in it, not even a foot-track:
but he promised that he would give it him, as an inheritance to him and to his seed, when as yet he had no son.
6 And God conversed with him, and said to him:
Thy seed will be a sojourner in a foreign land; and they will reduce it to servitude, and will treat it ill, during four hundred years.
7 And the nation, to whom they perform bondservice, I will judge saith God.
And afterwards, they will go out, and will worship me in this land.
8 And he gave them the covenant of circumcision.
And then he begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day.
And Isaac begat Jacob:
and Jacob begat our twelve fathers.
9 And those our fathers envied Joseph, and sold him into Egypt:
but God was with him,
10 and delivered:
him from all his afflictions; and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him chief over Egypt, and over all his house.
11 And there was a famine and great distress in all Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, and our fathers lacked food.
12 And when Jacob heard that there was bread-stuff in Egypt, he sent our fathers a first time.
13 And when they went the second time, Joseph made himself known to his brethren; and the kindred of Joseph was known to Pharaoh.
14 And Joseph sent and brought is father Jacob, and all his family; and they were in number seventy and five souls.
15 And Jacob went down into Egypt; and he died there, he and our fathers.
16 And he was transported to Sychem, and was deposited in the sepulchre which Abraham bought with money of the sons of Emmor.
17 And when the time arrived for that which God had promised to Abraham with an oath, the people had multiplied and become strong, in Egypt:
18 until there arose another king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph.
19 And he dealt craftily with our kindred, and ill-treated our fathers, and gave orders that their infants should be cast away, and should not live.
20 At that time was Moses born; and he was lovely to God:
and he was nursed three months in his father’s house.
21 And when he was cast out, by his people, the daughter of Pharaoh found him, and brought him up for her own son.
22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians; and he was eminent in his words, and also in his deeds.
23 And when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel.
24 And he saw one of the race of his kindred treated with violence; and he avenged him, and did him justice, and killed the Egyptian who had abused him.
25 And he supposed that his brethren the sons of Israel would have understood, that by his hand God would give them deliverance; but they understood not.
26 And on another day, he appeared to them, as they were quarrelling one with another.
And he exhorted them to become reconciled, saying:
Men, ye are brethren; why do ye seek to harm each other?
27 But he who did the wrong to his fellow, repulsed him from him, and said to him:
Who constituted thee a ruler and a judge over us?
28 Dost thou seek to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian yesterday?
29 And Moses fled at that speech, and became a sojourner in the land of Midian. And he had two sons.
30 And when forty years had been passed by him there, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai, in a fire that burned in a bush.
31 And when Moses saw [it], he admired the sight:
and as he drew near to behold [it], the Lord said to him, audibly :
32 I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob. And Moses trembled, and dared not to gaze at the sight.
33 And the Lord said to him:
Loose thy shoes from thy feet; for the ground on which thou standest is holy.
34 I have attentively seen the affliction of my people, who are in Egypt; and I have heard their groans, and have come down to deliver them.
And now, come, I will send thee to Egypt.
35 This Moses, whom they rejected, saying,
Who constituted thee a ruler and judge over us ? this same did God, by the hand of the angel that appeared to him in the bush, send to them to be their captain and deliverer.
36 He it was that brought them out, working signs and wonders and prodigies in the land of Egypt, and at the sea of rushes, and in the desert, forty years.
37 This Moses is the man who said to the children of Israel:
A prophet, like me, will the Lord God raise up to you from among your brethren; to him give ear.
38 He it was, who was in the congregation in the wilderness, with the angel that conversed with him and with our fathers at mount Sinai; and he it was, received the living words to give [them] to us.
39 And our fathers would not hearken to him, but forsook him, and in their hearts returned again to Egypt;
40 when they said to Aaron:
Make us gods who may go before us; because, as for this Moses who brought us from the land of Egypt, we know not what hath become of him.
41 And he made them a calf in those days; and they offered sacrifices to idols, and were voluptuous with the work of their hands.
42 And God turned away, and gave them up to worship the hosts of heaven:
as it is written in the book of the prophets:
Did ye, for forty years, in the wilderness, present to me a slain animal or a sacrifice, ye sons of Israel?
43 But ye bore the tabernacle of Malchum, and the star of the god Rephon, images which ye had made, that ye might bow down to them. I will transport you beyond Babylon.
44 Lo, the tabernacle of the testimony of our fathers, was in the wilderness; as he who talked with Moses, commanded to make it after the form which he showed him.
45 And this same tabernacle, our fathers, with Joshua, actually brought into the land which God gave to them for an inheritance from those nations which he drove out before them; and it was borne about, until the days of David.
46 He found favor before God; and he requested, that he might find a residence for the God of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built the house.
48 Yet the most High lodgeth not in a work of [human] hands; as saith the prophet:
49 Heaven is my throne, and earth the footstool under my feet.
What is the house, ye will build for me ? saith the Lord:
or, what is the place of my repose?
50 Lo, hath not my hand made all these things?
51 O ye stiff of neck, and uncircumcised in their heart, and in their hearing; ye do always set yourselves against the Holy Spirit; as your fathers, so also ye.
52 For, which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute and kill, [even] them, who foretold the coming of the Just One, whom ye delivered up and slew ?
53 And ye have received the law by the ordination of angels, and have not kept it.
54 And when they heard these things, they were filled with rage in their souls; and they gnashed their teeth against him.
55 And he, as he was full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, looked towards heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
56 And he said: Lo, I see heaven open, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
57 And they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and all rushed upon him.
58 And they seized him, and hurried him out of the city, and stoned him. And they who testified against him, laid their clothes at the feet of a certain young man who was called Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen, while he prayed and said:
Our Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And when he had kneeled down, he cried with a loud voice, and said:
Our Lord, establish not this sin against them. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
2 Maccabees 14 KJVA
1 After three years was Judas informed, that Demetrius the son of Seleucus, having entered by the haven of Tripolis with a great power and navy, 2 Had taken the country, and killed Antiochus, and Lysias his protector. 3 Now one Alcimus, who had been high priest, and had defiled himself wilfully in the times of their mingling with the Gentiles, seeing that by no means he could save himself, nor have any more access to the holy altar, 4 Came to king Demetrius in the hundred and one and fiftieth year, presenting unto him a crown of gold, and a palm, and also of the boughs which were used solemnly in the temple: and so that day he held his peace. 5 Howbeit having gotten opportunity to further his foolish enterprise, and being called into counsel by Demetrius, and asked how the Jews stood affected, and what they intended, he answered thereunto: 6 Those of the Jews that he called Assideans, whose captain is Judas Maccabeus, nourish war and are seditious, and will not let the rest be in peace. 7 Therefore I, being deprived of mine ancestors’ honour, I mean the high priesthood, am now come hither: 8 First, verily for the unfeigned care I have of things pertaining to the king; and secondly, even for that I intend the good of mine own countrymen: for all our nation is in no small misery through the unadvised dealing of them aforesaid. 9 Wherefore, O king, seeing knowest all these things, be careful for the country, and our nation, which is pressed on every side, according to the clemency that thou readily shewest unto all. 10 For as long as Judas liveth, it is not possible that the state should be quiet. 11 This was no sooner spoken of him, but others of the king’s friends, being maliciously set against Judas, did more incense Demetrius. 12 And forthwith calling Nicanor, who had been master of the elephants, and making him governor over Judea, he sent him forth, 13 Commanding him to slay Judas, and to scatter them that were with him, and to make Alcimus high priest of the great temple. 14 Then the heathen, that had fled out of Judea from Judas, came to Nicanor by flocks, thinking the harm and calamities of the Jews to be their welfare. 15 Now when the Jews heard of Nicanor’s coming, and that the heathen were up against them, they cast earth upon their heads, and made supplication to him that had established his people for ever, and who always helpeth his portion with manifestation of his presence. 16 So at the commandment of the captain they removed straightways from thence, and came near unto them at the town of Dessau. 17 Now Simon, Judas’ brother, had joined battle with Nicanor, but was somewhat discomfited through the sudden silence of his enemies. 18 Nevertheless Nicanor, hearing of the manliness of them that were with Judas, and the courageousness that they had to fight for their country, durst not try the matter by the sword. 19 Wherefore he sent Posidonius, and Theodotus, and Mattathias, to make peace. 20 So when they had taken long advisement thereupon, and the captain had made the multitude acquainted therewith, and it appeared that they were all of one mind, they consented to the covenants, 21 And appointed a day to meet in together by themselves: and when the day came, and stools were set for either of them, 22 Judas placed armed men ready in convenient places, lest some treachery should be suddenly practised by the enemies: so they made a peaceable conference. 23 Now Nicanor abode in Jerusalem, and did no hurt, but sent away the people that came flocking unto him. 24 And he would not willingly have Judas out of his sight: for he love the man from his heart 25 He prayed him also to take a wife, and to beget children: so he married, was quiet, and took part of this life. 26 But Alcimus, perceiving the love that was betwixt them, and considering the covenants that were made, came to Demetrius, and told him that Nicanor was not well affected toward the state; for that he had ordained Judas, a traitor to his realm, to be the king’s successor. 27 Then the king being in a rage, and provoked with the accusations of the most wicked man, wrote to Nicanor, signifying that he was much displeased with the covenants, and commanding him that he should send Maccabeus prisoner in all haste unto Antioch. 28 When this came to Nicanor’s hearing, he was much confounded in himself, and took it grievously that he should make void the articles which were agreed upon, the man being in no fault. 29 But because there was no dealing against the king, he watched his time to accomplish this thing by policy. 30 Notwithstanding, when Maccabeus saw that Nicanor began to be churlish unto him, and that he entreated him more roughly than he was wont, perceiving that such sour behaviour came not of good, he gathered together not a few of his men, and withdrew himself from Nicanor. 31 But the other, knowing that he was notably prevented by Judas’ policy, came into the great and holy temple, and commanded the priests, that were offering their usual sacrifices, to deliver him the man. 32 And when they sware that they could not tell where the man was whom he sought, 33 He stretched out his right hand toward the temple, and made an oath in this manner: If ye will not deliver me Judas as a prisoner, I will lay this temple of God even with the ground, and I will break down the altar, and erect a notable temple unto Bacchus. 34 After these words he departed. Then the priests lifted up their hands toward heaven, and besought him that was ever a defender of their nation, saying in this manner; 35 Thou, O Lord of all things, who hast need of nothing, wast pleased that the temple of thine habitation should be among us: 36 Therefore now, O holy Lord of all holiness, keep this house ever undefiled, which lately was cleansed, and stop every unrighteous mouth. 37 Now was there accused unto Nicanor one Razis, one of the elders of Jerusalem, a lover of his countrymen, and a man of very good report, who for his kindness was called a father of the Jews. 38 For in the former times, when they mingled not themselves with the Gentiles, he had been accused of Judaism, and did boldly jeopard his body and life with all vehemency for the religion of the Jews. 39 So Nicanor, willing to declare the hate that he bare unto the Jews, sent above five hundred men of war to take him: 40 For he thought by taking him to do the Jews much hurt. 41 Now when the multitude would have taken the tower, and violently broken into the outer door, and bade that fire should be brought to burn it, he being ready to be taken on every side fell upon his sword; 42 Choosing rather to die manfully, than to come into the hands of the wicked, to be abused otherwise than beseemed his noble birth: 43 But missing his stroke through haste, the multitude also rushing within the doors, he ran boldly up to the wall, and cast himself down manfully among the thickest of them. 44 But they quickly giving back, and a space being made, he fell down into the midst of the void place. 45 Nevertheless, while there was yet breath within him, being inflamed with anger, he rose up; and though his blood gushed out like spouts of water, and his wounds were grievous, yet he ran through the midst of the throng; and standing upon a steep rock, 46 When as his blood was now quite gone, he plucked out his bowels, and taking them in both his hands, he cast them upon the throng, and calling upon the Lord of life and spirit to restore him those again, he thus died.
2 Maccabees 14 KJVA