Acts 7:20-45 - Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
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Stephen's Speech (cont.)
20This was the time when Moses was born. He was a very fine child. For three months
they took care of Moses in his father's house. 21When they put Moses outside, Pharaoh's
daughter took him. She raised him like he was her own son. 22The Egyptians taught
Moses about all the things they knew. He was powerful in the things he said and
did. 23"When Moses was about 40 years old, he thought it would be good to visit
his brothers, the Jewish people. 24Moses saw an Egyptian man doing wrong to a Jew.
So he defended the Jew. Moses punished the Egyptian for hurting the Jew; Moses hit
him so hard that he died. 25Moses thought that his Jewish brothers would understand
that God was using him to save them. But they did not understand. 26The next day,
Moses saw two Jewish men fighting. He tried to make peace between them. He said,
'Men, you are brothers! Why are you doing wrong to each other?' 27The man who was
doing wrong to the other man pushed Moses away. He said to Moses, 'Did anyone say
you could be our ruler and judge? No! 28Will you kill me like you killed the Egyptian
man yesterday?'* 29When Moses heard him say this, he left Egypt. He went to live
in the land of Midian. He was a stranger there. While Moses lived in Midian, he
had two sons.
30"After 40 years Moses was in the desert near Mount Sinai. An angel appeared to
him in the flame of a burning bush. 31When Moses saw this, he was amazed. He went
near to look closer at it. Moses heard a voice; it was the Lord's (God's). 32The
Lord said, 'I am the same God your fathers* had--the God of Abraham, the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob* .'* Moses began to shake with fear. He was afraid
to look at the bush. 33The Lord said to him, 'Take off your shoes, because the place
where you are now standing is holy ground. 34I have seen my people suffer much in
Egypt. I have heard my people crying. I have come down to save them. Come now, [Moses,]
I am sending you back to Egypt.'* 35"This Moses was the same man the Jews said they
did not want. They had said to him, 'Did anyone say you could be our ruler and judge?*
No!' Moses is the same man that God sent to be a ruler and savior. God sent Moses
with the help of an angel. This was the angel Moses saw in the [burning] bush. 36So
Moses led the people out. He did powerful things and miracles.* Moses did these
things in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and then in the desert for 40 years. 37This is
the same Moses that said these words to the Jewish people: 'God will give you a
prophet.* That prophet will come from among your own people. He will be like me.'*
38This is the same Moses who was with the gathering [of the Jews] in the desert.
He was with the angel that spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and he was with our fathers
(ancestors). Moses received commands [from God] that give life. Moses gave us those
39"But our fathers* did not want to obey Moses. They rejected him. They wanted to
go back to Egypt again. 40Our fathers said to Aaron, 'Moses led us out of the country
of Egypt. But we don't know what has happened to him. So make some gods to go before
us and lead us.'* 41So the people made an idol that looked like a calf. Then they
brought sacrifices (gifts) to it. The people were very happy with what they had
made with their own hands! 42But God turned against them. God finished trying to
stop them from worshiping the army [of false gods] in the sky. This is what is
written in the book of the prophets* : God says, 'You Jewish people did not bring
me blood offerings and sacrifices* in the desert for 40 years; 43You carried with
you the tent (place of worship) for Moloch (a false god) and the image of the star
of your god Rephan. These were the idols you made to worship. So I will send you
away beyond Babylon.' (Amos 5:25-27)
44"The Holy Tent* was with our fathers* in the desert. God told Moses how to make
this tent. He made it like the plan that God showed him. 45Later, Joshua led our
fathers to capture the lands of the other nations. Our people went in and God made
the other people go out. When our people went into this new land, they took with
them this same tent. Our people received this tent from their fathers, and our
people kept it until the time of David.
Footnotes: 'Did anyone ... yesterday' Quote from Ex. 2:14. father(s) Important ancestors
of the Jews; the leaders of the twelve Jewish family groups. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
Three of the most important Jewish leaders during the time of the Old Testament.
'I am ... Jacob' Quote from Ex. 3:6. 'Take off ... Egypt' Quote from Ex. 3:5-10.
'Did anyone ... judge' Quote from Ex. 2:14 miracle(s) Miracles are amazing works
done by God's power. prophet A person that spoke for God. 'God will give ... me'
Quote from Deut. 18:15. 'Moses led us out ... lead us' Quote from Ex. 32:1. prophets
People that spoke for God. Some of them wrote books that are part of the Old Testament.
sacrifices Offerings or gifts to God. Holy Tent Literally, "Tent of the Testimony,"
the movable tent where the Ten Commandments were kept and where God lived among
his people in the time of Moses.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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