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Acts 7:1-3 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Stephen’s Defense

And the high priest said, “Is it so concerning these things?” So he said, “Men—brothers and fathers—listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he[a] was in Mesopotamia, before he settled in Haran, and said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your relatives and come to the land that I will show you.’


  1. Acts 7:2 Here “while” is supplied as a component of the participle (“was”) which is understood as temporal
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Acts 7:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

Stephen’s Speech to the Sanhedrin

Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these charges true?”

To this he replied: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran. ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’[a]


  1. Acts 7:3 Gen. 12:1
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