1 The high priest asked, 'Is this true?'
John 18:19-21 Mark 14:58-60 Matt 26:61-62 Acts 6:13-14 John 18:33-35
2 He replied, 'My brothers, my fathers, listen to what I have to say. The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham, while he was in Mesopotamia before settling in Haran,
Acts 22:1 Gen 11:31 John 1:14 Neh 9:7 Heb 1:3 Ps 29:3 Gen 15:7
3 and said to him, "Leave your country, your kindred and your father's house for this country which I shall show you."
Gen 12:1 Gen 15:7 Heb 11:8 Josh 24:3 2Cor 6:17 Gen 13:14-17 Luke 14:33
4 So he left Chaldaea and settled in Haran; and after his father died God made him leave that place and come to this land where you are living today.
Gen 12:4-5 Gen 11:31-32 Isa 41:2 Isa 41:9
5 God did not give him any property in this land or even a foothold, yet he promised to give it to him and after him to his descendants, childless though he was.
Gen 17:8 Gen 12:7 Gen 13:15 Gen 15:18 Gen 26:3 Gen 28:13-15 Heb 11:9-10
6 The actual words God used when he spoke to him are that his descendants would be exiles in a land not their own, where they would be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years.
Gen 15:13 Exod 12:40-41 Gal 3:17 Gen 15:16
7 "But I will bring judgement on the nation that enslaves them," God said, "and after this they will leave, and worship me in this place."
Exod 3:12 Ps 135:8-9 Ps 105:27-36 Ps 78:43-51 Ps 74:12-14 Neh 9:9-11 Isa 51:9-10
8 Then he made the covenant of circumcision with him: and so when his son Isaac was born Abraham circumcised him on the eighth day; similarly Isaac circumcised Jacob, and Jacob the twelve patriarchs.
Gen 35:23-26 Gen 17:9-14 Gen 35:16 Acts 2:29 Gen 35:18 Heb 7:4 John 7:22
9 'The patriarchs were jealous of Joseph and sold him into slavery in Egypt. But God was with him,
Gen 39:2 Ps 105:17 Gen 45:4 Matt 27:18 Isa 43:2 Isa 41:10 Gen 50:15-20
10 and rescued him from all his miseries by making him so wise that he won the favour of Pharaoh king of Egypt, who made him governor of Egypt and put him in charge of his household.
2Tim 4:18 Gen 42:6 Prov 3:4 Prov 2:6 Rev 7:14 Ps 105:19-22 Ps 40:1-3
11 Then a famine set in that caused much suffering throughout Egypt and Canaan, and our ancestors could find nothing to eat.
Ps 105:16 Gen 41:54-57 Gen 42:5 Gen 43:1 Gen 45:5-6 Gen 45:11 Gen 47:13-15
12 When Jacob heard that there were supplies in Egypt, he sent our ancestors there on a first visit;
Gen 42:1-24 Gen 43:2
13 and on the second Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Pharaoh came to know his origin.
Gen 45:1-18 Gen 46:31-10
14 Joseph then sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, a total of seventy-five people.
Deut 10:22 Gen 46:26-27 Exod 1:5 1Chr 2:5-6 Gen 45:9-11 Gen 46:12 Ps 105:23
15 Jacob went down into Egypt and after he and our ancestors had died there,
Exod 1:6 Gen 49:33 Gen 46:3-7 Deut 10:22 Deut 26:5 Heb 11:21-22 Josh 24:4
16 their bodies were brought back to Shechem and buried in the tomb that Abraham had bought for money from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem.
Josh 24:32 Exod 13:19 Gen 23:16 Gen 33:9-20 Gen 34:2-31 Gen 35:19 Gen 49:29-32
17 'As the time drew near for God to fulfil the promise he had solemnly made to Abraham, our nation in Egypt became very powerful and numerous,
Acts 7:6 Acts 13:17 2Pet 3:8-9 Exod 1:7-12 Exod 1:20 Gen 15:13-16 Ps 105:24-25
18 there came to power in Egypt a new king who had never heard of Joseph.
19 He took precautions and wore down our race, forcing our ancestors to expose their babies rather than letting them live.
Exod 1:9-22 Ps 105:25 Ps 83:4-5 Ps 129:1-3 Rev 12:4-5
20 It was at this time that Moses was born, a fine child before God. He was looked after for three months in his father's house,
Heb 11:23 1Sam 16:12 Exod 2:2-10
21 and after he had been exposed, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up like a son.
Deut 32:26 Exod 2:2-10 Heb 11:24
22 So Moses was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians and became a man with power both in his speech and in his actions.
Isa 19:11 Dan 1:4 Luke 24:19 1Kgs 4:29-30 2Chr 9:22 Dan 1:17-20
23 'At the age of forty he decided to visit his kinsmen, the Israelites.
Exod 2:11-12 Heb 11:24-26 1Chr 29:17-19 Rev 17:17 Phil 2:12-13 Jas 1:17 Ezra 7:27
24 When he saw one of them being ill-treated he went to his defence and rescued the man by killing the Egyptian.
Acts 7:28 John 18:10-11 John 18:25-27
25 He thought his brothers would realise that through him God would liberate them, but they did not.
1Cor 3:9 Ps 106:7 Mark 9:32 Luke 18:34 Luke 9:45 Col 1:29 Acts 21:19
26 The next day, when he came across some of them fighting, he tried to reconcile them, and said, "Friends, you are brothers; why are you hurting each other?"
Exod 2:13-15 1Cor 6:6-8 Ps 133:1 Phil 2:3 Phil 2:1 John 15:17-18 Gen 45:24
27 But the man who was attacking his kinsman pushed him aside, saying, "And who appointed you to be prince over us and judge?
Acts 7:35 Luke 12:14 1Sam 25:14-15 Matt 21:23 John 19:12-15 John 18:36-37 Gen 19:19
28 Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?"
29 Moses fled when he heard this and he went to dwell in the land of Midian, where he fathered two sons.
Exod 2:14-22 Exod 4:19-20 Exod 18:2-4
30 'When forty years were fulfilled, in the desert near Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to him in a flame blazing from a bush that was on fire.
Acts 7:35 Exod 3:1-2 Isa 63:9 1Kgs 19:8 Gen 32:24-30 Gen 48:15-16 Hos 12:3-5
31 Moses was amazed by what he saw. As he went nearer to look at it, the voice of the Lord was heard,
32 "I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." Moses trembled and was afraid to look.
Exod 3:6 Matt 22:32 1Kgs 19:13 Job 4:14 Job 37:1-2 Job 42:5-6 Luke 5:8
33 The Lord said to him, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.
Exod 3:5 Josh 5:15 2Pet 1:18 Eccl 5:1
34 I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt, I have heard them crying for help, and I have come down to rescue them. So come here; I am sending you into Egypt."
Exod 3:7-10 Ps 106:44 Exod 2:23-25 John 6:38 John 3:13 Neh 9:9 Gen 18:21
35 'It was the same Moses that they had disowned when they said, "Who appointed you to be our leader and judge?" whom God sent to be both leader and redeemer through the angel who had appeared to him in the bush.
Num 20:16 Luke 19:14 Ps 118:22-23 Ps 113:7-8 Ps 75:7 Exod 14:19 Heb 2:2
36 It was this man who led them out, after performing miracles and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the desert for forty years.
Exod 12:41 Exod 14:21 Exod 33:1 Exod 14:27-29 Exod 7:1-14 Ps 105:27-36 Exod 16:35
37 It was this Moses who told the sons of Israel, "From among your own brothers God will raise up a prophet like me."
Deut 18:15-19 Matt 17:3-5 Luke 9:30-31 John 18:37 Mark 9:7 Luke 9:35 John 8:46-47
38 When they held the assembly in the desert it was he who was with our ancestors and the angel who had spoken to him on Mount Sinai; it was he who was entrusted with words of life to hand on to us.
Rom 3:2 1Pet 4:11 Heb 5:12 Acts 7:53 Deut 32:46-47 Isa 63:9 John 1:17
39 This is the man that our ancestors refused to listen to; they pushed him aside, went back to Egypt in their thoughts,
Num 14:3-4 Num 11:5 Exod 16:3 1Kgs 2:27 Num 21:5 Neh 9:16-17 Judg 11:2
40 and said to Aaron, "Make us a god to go at our head; for that Moses, the man who brought us here from Egypt, we do not know what has become of him."
Exod 32:1 Exod 32:23
41 It was then that they made the statue of a calf and offered sacrifice to the idol. They were perfectly happy with something they had made for themselves.
Deut 9:12-18 Ps 106:19-21 Neh 9:18 Isa 44:9-20 Isa 2:8-9 Hos 9:10 Hos 9:1
42 God turned away from them and abandoned them to the worship of the army of heaven, as scripture says in the book of the prophets: Did you bring me sacrifices and oblations those forty years in the desert, House of Israel?
Amos 5:25-26 Jer 19:13 Ezek 20:39 2Kgs 17:16 Ps 81:11-12 Josh 24:20 Isa 63:10
43 No, you carried the tent of Moloch on your shoulders and the star of the god Rephan, the idols you made for yourselves to adore, and so now I am about to drive you into captivity beyond Babylon.
Amos 5:26-27 2Kgs 17:6 Lev 18:21 Exod 20:4-5 Deut 5:8-9 Deut 4:16-18 2Kgs 21:6
44 'While they were in the desert our ancestors possessed the Tent of Testimony that had been constructed according to the instructions God gave Moses, telling him to work to the design he had been shown.
Exod 25:40 Exod 38:21 1Chr 28:11 Num 17:7-8 Num 10:11 Num 9:15 Num 1:50-53
45 It was handed down from one ancestor of ours to another until Joshua brought it into the country that had belonged to the nations which were driven out by God before us. Here it stayed until the time of David.
Ps 44:2 Acts 13:19 Josh 18:1 1Chr 15:1-17 Neh 9:24 Judg 18:31 Josh 24:18
46 He won God's favour and asked permission to find a dwelling for the House of Jacob,
Ps 132:1-5 Acts 13:22 2Sam 7:1-5 1Chr 17:1-4 2Sam 7:18-19 1Sam 16:1 2Sam 7:8-16
47 though it was Solomon who actually built a house for God.
1Kgs 8:20 1Kgs 6:37-38 2Sam 7:13 1Chr 17:1 1Kgs 5:1-2 1Kgs 7:13-51 2Chr 2:1-4
48 Even so the Most High does not live in a house that human hands have built: for as the prophet says:
Isa 66:1-2 2Chr 2:5-6 Acts 17:24-25 1Kgs 8:27 Ps 91:9 Ps 91:1 Ps 7:17
49 With heaven my throne and earth my footstool, what house could you build me, says the Lord, what place for me to rest,
Isa 66:1 Ps 11:4 1Kgs 22:19 Matt 5:34-35 Rev 3:21 John 4:21 Jer 23:24
50 when all these things were made by me?
Acts 14:15 Ps 33:6-9 Jer 32:17 Ps 50:9-12 Jer 10:11 Isa 66:2 Isa 45:12
51 'You stubborn people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears. You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do.
Lev 26:41 Deut 10:16 Exod 33:5 Exod 32:9 Isa 63:10 Exod 33:3 Jer 4:4
52 Can you name a single prophet your ancestors never persecuted? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Upright One, and now you have become his betrayers, his murderers.
Matt 5:12 1Kgs 19:10 1Thess 2:15 2Chr 36:16 1John 2:1 Matt 23:31-37 Luke 11:47-51
53 In spite of being given the Law through angels, you have not kept it.'
Gal 3:19 Heb 2:2 Acts 7:38 Deut 33:2 John 7:19 Gal 6:13 Ezek 20:18-21
54 They were infuriated when they heard this, and ground their teeth at him.
Acts 5:33 Ps 35:16 Job 16:9 Matt 25:30 Matt 24:51 Matt 22:13 Matt 13:50
55 But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God's right hand.
Mark 16:19 Acts 6:5 John 12:41 Heb 1:3 Heb 8:1 Acts 2:4 Isa 6:1-3
56 'Look! I can see heaven thrown open,' he said, 'and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.'
Matt 26:64-65 Matt 3:16 Rev 11:19 Rev 4:1 Matt 25:31 Matt 16:27-28 Matt 8:20
57 All the members of the council shouted out and stopped their ears with their hands; then they made a concerted rush at him,
Acts 7:54 Acts 21:27-31 Acts 23:27 Ps 58:4 Prov 21:13 Zech 7:11
58 thrust him out of the city and stoned him. The witnesses put down their clothes at the feet of a young man called Saul.
Acts 22:20 Acts 8:1 Luke 4:29 Acts 6:13 Lev 24:14-16 Deut 17:7 1Kgs 21:13
59 As they were stoning him, Stephen said in invocation, 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.'
Luke 23:46 Acts 9:14 Acts 9:21 Acts 22:16 Ps 31:5 1Cor 1:2 Acts 2:21
60 Then he knelt down and said aloud, 'Lord, do not hold this sin against them.' And with these words he fell asleep.
Matt 5:44 Luke 23:34 Acts 9:40 Acts 20:36 1Thess 4:13-14 1Cor 15:20 1Cor 15:18