Acts Chapter 7: 20-60
King James Version (KJV)
Alternate with Word Pictures and Reiterations (AWPR)
20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months: (KJV)
20) In which time Moses was begotten / born,
and to GOD he was an
extremely attractive, polite and eloquent city dweller,
who was nourished / nursed and reared up
3 months in the house of the father of him.
[Note: "to GOD" , absent in the KJV, is present in the Greek of Acts 7:20 in the 3 other reliable Greek New Testament sources I checked for this verse: the 1550 Stephanus New Testament, the 1881 Westcott-Hort New Testament, and the 1894 Scrivener New Testament.
21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. (KJV)
21) Then he, being put out - placed out [to die] as cast away,
the daughter of Pharaoh took him up
[as if at first to slay him],
and nourished and reared him
[also educating him]
into a son to herself.
22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. (KJV)
22) And Moses was brought up by education and instruction
(with correction and chastisement)
in all (the) wisdom - knowledge with understanding
and (cunning) insight of (the) Egyptians;
then (he) was powerful - capable - skillful in
intelligent words - sayings - speeches - discourses
and in work performances - deeds - actions - accomplishments.
23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. (KJV)
23) Then, as was fulfilled to him a time of 40 years,
it ascended upon the heart of him
to look upon and inspect - to examine closely
the brothers of him, the sons of Israel.
24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: (KJV)
24) And beholding and seeing with perception and understanding,
a certain someone being unjustly hurt and wronged,
he aided by defending (and delivering);
but he [Moses] caused - brought about - did
a retribution of Vengeance
for the (one) worn out by labor and pain,
striking with violence (so as to kill) the Egyptian.
25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. (KJV)
25) Then, he supposed - he thought (that)
the brothers of him
by custom and by law
would put together and comprehend - would understand:
because GOD, through his hand,
would of His own good will and accord
give to them deliverance;
they then certainly understood not.
26 And 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? (KJV)
26) Then, on the approaching day - on the next day,
he was seen, and with contemplation perceived
as (they were) fighting -physically battling;
and [Moses] compelled / (physically) drove together
[those (presumably two) fighting]
and morally urged them into (a state of) Peace,
'Men, brothers are you.
In order to what end do you
hurt - wrong - damage one another
(of a like kind)?'
27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? (KJV)
27) Then he (who was) hurting - wronging - damaging
[as the aggressor]
the neighbor - fellow man - countryman [of him]
pushed - thrust away from him
[i.e., he forcefully thrusted himself away and free
of the hand of Moses]
'Who set - placed - appointed you
a ruler - governor over us?'
28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? (KJV)
28) Do not take me up to slay me
as you so desire - wish - will to do
in what manner or way / even as
you took up to slay the Egyptian yesterday.'
29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons. (KJV)
29) Then Moses ran away speedily - Then Moses fled (so as to escape)
at the definite word (of) this,
and came into being (as) a
near dweller - denizen - resident alien
in (the) land (of) Midian,
where he begat - fathered 2 sons.
30 And 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. (KJV)
30) And 40 years being fulfilled,
the Angel / the Messenger
of YHVeH - of (the) LORD
in a burning - shining - fiery- flaming
Thorn bush / Bramble bush
appeared and was perceived by him [Moses]
in the deserted wilderness - desert
(of) the Mount Sinai.
31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, (KJV)
31) The, Moses beholding, looking and seeing,
was struck with wonder and astonishment
at the sight / at the spectacle:
(and) coming to / drawing near, then,
he (while) thinking hard - intently contemplating
(there) came into being
a Voice of (the) LORD / a Voice of YHVeH
32 Saying, 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. (KJV)
32) 'I, the GOD of the fathers of you:
the GOD of Abraham
and the GOD of Isaac
and the GOD of Jacob.'
Then, becoming in (a state of) terror with trembling,
Moses certainly did not have (any)
sustaining courage - confidence - boldness
to think hard and intently contemplate while observing.
33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground. (KJV)
33) Then said the LORD / Then said YHVeH to him,
'Loosen - unfasten - untie the sandal of the feet of you,
for the place in which you stand,
it is holy ground.'
34 I 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. (KJV)
34) Behold, look and see:
I have seen the evil hurtful treatment
and (the oppressive) affliction
of the people of Me in Egypt.'
35 This 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. (KJV)
35) This Moses, whom they denied and refused,
'Who set down in place / Who appointed
you a ruler and arbitrating judge?'
a ruler and a redeeming liberator / a ransom payer,
GOD has sent forth out
in / by (the) hand of (the) Messenger / (the) Angel,
being seen and perceived / appearing to him
in the Thorn Bush / in the Bramble Bush.
36 He 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. (KJV)
36) This one led them forth out,
doing - making - producing - bringing about - causing
amazing wonders (that were watched and remembered)
and miraculous signs in (the) Land of Egypt,
and in (the) Red Sea,
and in the
deserted wilderness - desert (places)
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. (KJV)
37) This is the Moses / the one drawn up from out of the waters,
the (one) saying to the Sons of Israel,
'A Prophet for you
(the) LORD / YHVeH
the GOD of you
will cause to stand - will raise up out of / from
the brothers of you,
in what manner or way like Me.
Him, you shall intently hear - listen to - obey.'
38 This 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: (KJV)
38) This is the (one) having been in the
ekklesia / the called out assembly / the Church
in the deserted wilderness - in the desert
in the midst of / with
speaking at random to him [Moses] in the Mount Sinai,
and (with) the fathers of us who received and accepted
living words - living declarative utterances
to give and bestow of His own good will and accord to us:
39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, (KJV)
39) To whom the fathers of us certainly not
willed - willfully desired - willfully purposed
to be obediently submitting to,
but pushed from - thrust away (from themselves) -
repelled and rejected
and turned about / converted (changed the mind of)
the hearts of them into Egypt.
40 Saying 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. (KJV)
40) Saying to Aaron,
'Make - Form - Produce for us gods [disposers]
which will pierce and transport us from one place
to another / which will go before us
[and guarantee our safety],
Because the Moses / because the one drawn
from out of the waters,
this (one) whom brought and led us out,
out of (the) Land of Egypt,
we certainly do not see
(nor) know what has happened to him.
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. (KJV)
41) And they made - formed - produced a calf in those days,
and took up and carried - picked up and brought
a sacrifice to the statue image deity - to the idol
and made their minds merry in the work performances
42 Then 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? (KJV)
42) Then GOD turned Himself about,
and gave them over [to evil]
to serve, sacrifice, and worship
[of the type not constrained to the ground or the Earth]
as it has been written - engraved - inscribed
in (the) Book - Scroll of the Prophets.
'Was it not victims of sacrifice and sacrificing
that you brought up alongside next to Me 40 years
in the deserted wilderness - desert,
O House of Israel?'
43 Yea, 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. (KJV)
43) And you took up and bore the tent - tabernacle of Moloch,
the star of the god of you, Remphan / Chiun,
the outline patterns of figured forms
[i.e., the astrological sign figures]
which you made - formed - produced
to kiss, worship, and prostrate (yourselves)
up alongside with and next to them:
and I will change the midst - and I will remove
the house - the dwelling of you
to upon that one of Babylon.
44 Our 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. (KJV)
44) The Tabernacle - Tent of (Martyrs /) Witness - Testimony
was to the fathers of us in the Wilderness - Desert,
as according to that
set - placed - ordered - arranged - commanded
through He speaking at random to Moses,
to make - form - produce it
[i.e., the Tabernacle and all its instruments and specifications]
down upon / according to
the outline pattern which he [Moses]
had seen and perceived;
45 Which 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; (KJV)
45) And having received - inherited through the fathers of us
in the midst of Yeshua - Jesus
brought about and led into the taking possession
of the ethnic nations
(as if by a tidal flow) thrust and carried out away from
(the) eyes of the face of the fathers of us
as long as until the days of David.
46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. (KJV)
46) Who sought and found rejoicing grace and goodwill
in the face of - before - in the presence of GOD,
and [humbly] asked - requested
(as an inferior to a superior)
to find a Tent - Tabernacle for the GOD of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built him an house. (KJV)
47) Solomon then, built and erected for Him a House.
48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, (KJV)
48) However - In Contrast,
the Most High certainly does not dwell in a
fixed permanent dwelling place in temples made by hand(s).
As the Prophet, laying down and uttering definite words says,
49 Heaven 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? (KJV)
49) The Heaven (to) Me (is) a seated Throne (of royal authority).
The Earth, then, (is) a footstool
[a resting place]
of the feet of Me.
Such as what kind or what sort of house
will you build and erect for Me?
Or what place, that is to say,
to make cease from work as the resting place of Me?
says (the) LORD -- says YHVeH,
laying down definite words.
50 Hath not my hand made all these things? (KJV)
50) Did the Hand of Me certainly not
make - form - produce - bring about - cause
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. (KJV)
51) Hard and dried up necked - stiff and harsh dried necked
and uncircumcised in heart, and in the ears!
You ever continually - always affirmatively
took up position on the opposite side against
the Holy Spirit!
As the fathers of you, also you!
52 Which 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: (KJV)
52) And they slayed - killed - destroyed
[actively put to death in whatever manner, by whatever means]
those speaking up alongside and with [the Holy Spirit],
declaring - proclaiming beforehand
about - concerning - regarding
the Coming - the Arrival and public appearance
of the Righteous One - the Just One
[Note: the Greek writer Plato states that this kind
of righteousness as attributed in the Greek by Stephen
in his speech, is also that which is inseparable from
'sophrosune'; and 'sophrosune' tells us that the
Righteous One is
"ever sober, ever of a sound mind."]
of whom now at this present time
you have become
betrayers giving forth over - traitors
[whether directly or indirectly involved or complicit];
53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. (KJV)
53) Anyone who actively took up and received - seized -
laid hold of
The Law into the thorough arranging and setting about
of rules - appointments - ordinations - orders -
dispositions [as that]
and have certainly not kept watch
and preserved (it) in safety.
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. (KJV)
54) Then hearing - listening intently to these things,
they were to the hearts of them (as if)
sawed asunder - cut through as by a saw,
and (angrily) gnashed - crunched
the teeth upon / at him.
55 But 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, (KJV)
55) Then, having and existing (in a state of) abundant fullness
of the Holy Spirit,
(and) gazing intently to the point of straining
while looking into Heaven,
he saw the glory of GOD,
and Jesus - Yeshua standing and set in place
out from (the) right side - right hand of GOD.
56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. (KJV)
56) And said,
'Behold, look and see!
I see (with my own eyes) the heavens
having been open opened and the Son of Man
out from (the) right side - right hand of GOD
standing and set in place.'
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, (KJV)
57) Then with a great voice hoarsely crying out
with one unified unanimous mind and passion,
they held and pressed together and plugged
the ears of them,
and on a sudden excited impulse
violently rushed and assaulted
on / upon him [upon Stephen].
58 And 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. (KJV)
58) And (forcefully) carrying up and casting - throwing (him)
outside the city,
they stoned (him).
And the witnesses put off - set - laid aside their garments
near the feet of a young man called Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. (KJV)
59) And they stoned Stephen,
calling upon and laying down definite words, saying,
'LORD Jesus - YHVeH Yeshua,
take to yourself - receive and accept
the spirit of me.'
60 And 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. (KJV)
60) Then setting in place - Then laying the knees,
he hoarsely cried out with a great voice,
'LORD, may (You) not make this sin stand to them!!!'
And having said this, he laid out outstretched and died
as though (he were) falling asleep.
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