Acts 13:17
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New International Version
The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country;

New Living Translation
"The God of this nation of Israel chose our ancestors and made them multiply and grow strong during their stay in Egypt. Then with a powerful arm he led them out of their slavery.

English Standard Version
The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it.

Berean Study Bible
The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers. He made them into a great people during their stay in Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them out of that land.

Berean Literal Bible
The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and exalted the people in the sojourn in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm He brought them out of it,

New American Standard Bible
"The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them out from it.

King James Bible
The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors, exalted the people during their stay in the land of Egypt, and led them out of it with a mighty arm.

International Standard Version
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made them a great people during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with a public display of power he led them out of there.

NET Bible
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay as foreigners in the country of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it.

New Heart English Bible
The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they stayed as foreigners in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm, he led them out of it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The God of this people chose our fathers and raised up and multiplied them when they were foreigners in the land of Egypt and with a high arm he brought them forth from it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors and made them a strong nation while they lived as foreigners in Egypt. He used his powerful arm to bring them out of Egypt,

New American Standard 1977
“The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them out from it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm he brought them out of it.

King James 2000 Bible
The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as sojourners in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he brought them out of it.

American King James Version
The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelled as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.

American Standard Version
The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they sojourned in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm led he them forth out of it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they were sojourners in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought them out from thence,

Darby Bible Translation
The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people in their sojourn in [the] land of Egypt, and with a high arm brought them out of it,

English Revised Version
The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they sojourned in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm led he them forth out of it.

Webster's Bible Translation
The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm he brought them out of it.

Weymouth New Testament
The God of this people of Israel chose our forefathers, and made the people great during their stay in Egypt, until with wondrous power He brought them out from that land.

World English Bible
The God of this people chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they stayed as aliens in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm, he led them out of it.

Young's Literal Translation
the God of this people Israel did choose our fathers, and the people He did exalt in their sojourning in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm did He bring them out of it;
Study Bible
In Pisidian Antioch
16Paul stood up, motioned with his hand, and began to speak: “Men of Israel and you Gentiles who fear God, listen to me! 17The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers. He made them into a great people during their stay in Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them out of that land. 18He endured their conduct for about forty years in the wilderness.…
Cross References
Exodus 1:7
But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them.

Exodus 6:1
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for under compulsion he will let them go, and under compulsion he will drive them out of his land."

Exodus 6:6
"Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel, 'I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.

Exodus 12:51
And on that same day the LORD brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.

Exodus 13:14
"And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What is this?' then you shall say to him, 'With a powerful hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

Exodus 13:16
"So it shall serve as a sign on your hand and as phylacteries on your forehead, for with a powerful hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt."

Exodus 14:8
The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out boldly.

Deuteronomy 7:6
"For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

Psalm 105:23
Israel also came into Egypt; Thus Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

Acts 7:17
As the time drew near for God to fulfill His promise to Abraham, our people in Egypt increased greatly in number.
Treasury of Scripture

The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelled as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.

God.

Acts 7:2 And he said, Men, brothers, and fathers, listen; The God of glory …

Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and …

Genesis 17:7,8 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed …

Deuteronomy 4:37 And because he loved your fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them…

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God …

Deuteronomy 9:5 Not for your righteousness, or for the uprightness of your heart, …

Deuteronomy 14:2 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has …

Nehemiah 9:7,8 You are the LORD the God, who did choose Abram, and brought him forth …

Psalm 105:6-12,42,43 O you seed of Abraham his servant, you children of Jacob his chosen…

Psalm 135:4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob to himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

Isaiah 41:8,9 But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed …

Isaiah 44:1 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:

Jeremiah 33:24-26 Consider you not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

and exalted.

Acts 7:17 But when the time of the promise drew near, which God had sworn to …

Exodus 1:7-9 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, …

Deuteronomy 10:22 Your fathers went down into Egypt with three score and ten persons…

Psalm 105:23,24 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham…

and with.

Acts 7:36 He brought them out, after that he had showed wonders and signs in …

Exodus 6:1-14:31 Then the LORD said to Moses, Now shall you see what I will do to …

Exodus 15:1-21 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song to the LORD, …

Exodus 18:11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing …

Deuteronomy 4:20,34 But the LORD has taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron …

Deuteronomy 7:19 The great temptations which your eyes saw, and the signs, and the …

1 Samuel 4:8 Woe to us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods?…

Nehemiah 9:9-12 And did see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heard their …

Psalm 77:13-20 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God…

Psalm 78:12,13,42-53 Marvelous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land …

Psalm 105:26-39 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen…

Psalm 106:7-11 Our fathers understood not your wonders in Egypt; they remembered …

Psalm 114:1-8 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of …

Psalm 135:8-10 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast…

Psalm 136:10-15 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endures for ever…

Isaiah 63:9-14 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence …

Jeremiah 32:20,21 Which have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even to this …

Amos 2:10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years …

Micah 6:4 For I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out …

Micah 7:15,16 According to the days of your coming out of the land of Egypt will …

(17) The God of this people of Israel.--It will be observed that St. Paul, as far as the plan of his discourse is concerned, follows in the footsteps of St. Stephen, and begins by a recapitulation of the main facts of the history of Israel. It was a theme which Israelites were never tired of listening to. It showed that the Apostles recognised it as the history of God's chosen people.

And exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers.--Literally, in their sojourning in the land of Egypt. The word for "exalt" is found in the Greek of Isaiah 1:2, where our version has, "I have nourished and brought up children," and may fairly be considered as an echo from the lesson that had just been read. It may be noted that it was only in this sense, as increasing rapidly in population, that Israel could be spoken of as "exalted" in the house of bondage.

Verse 17. - Israel for of Israel, A.V., sojourned for dwelt as strangers, A.V.; a for an, A.V.; led he them forth for brought he them out, A.V. The word ὕψωσεν, exalted, is thought by some to be borrowed from the LXX. of Isaiah 1:2 (רוןממְתִי), I have brought up" (A.V.), but this is very doubtful, as ὑψόω is frequently used in the New Testament in the sense of exalting from a low to a high estate (see Matthew 11:23; Matthew 23:12; Luke 1:52; Luke 10:15; Luke 14:11; Acts 2:33; see too Genesis 41:52 (LXX., Cod. Vat.) and Gen 48:19). The resemblance of this exordium to that of Stephen's speech in Acts 7. must strike every one. The natural conclusion is that that speech made a deep impression upon St. Paul when he heard it at Stephen's trial. The common purpose in the two speeches is to conciliate and gain the attention of the Jewish hearers by dwelling upon the great events of the history of their fathers, of which they were proud, and claiming for Christians an equal heritage in that history. The speeches diverge in that Stephen sought to show in that history instances of the same stubborn unbelief in their fathers which had led the children to crucify the Lord of glory; but St. Paul rather sought to show how the promises made to their fathers had their fulfillment in that Jesus whom he preached unto them, and how the crucifixion of Christ by the Jerusalem Jews was an exact fulfillment of the Law and the prophets which had just been read to them in the synagogue. In both speeches it is a great point to exhibit Christianity as the true development of Judaism (comp. Hebrews 1:1 and throughout). The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers,.... Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and their seed after them, to be a peculiar people to himself; wherefore he is often, as here, styled their God, and whom he distinguished and blessed with many blessings, civil and religious, above all people upon the face of the earth. The apostle seems particularly to address himself to the Gentiles, the inhabitants of Antioch, and the proselytes of righteousness, now in the synagogue, Acts 13:42 and, as it were, with his finger pointed to the native Jews present, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, a part of the people whose God the Lord was:

and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt as they did for many years, and as the Lord foretold to Abraham they should, Genesis 15:13 This refers either to the great honour and dignity Joseph was advanced unto, and to the favours and privileges bestowed on Jacob and his family at the first of their sojourning in that land; or to the great increase of their posterity towards the close of it, even when they were the most oppressed and afflicted.

And with an high arm he brought them out of it out of the land of Egypt, and out of their oppression in it; which was owing to, and was a wonderful display of his mighty power and great strength here expressed by an "high arm" for nothing short of that could have wrought deliverance for them. 13:14-31 When we come together to worship God, we must do it, not only by prayer and praise, but by the reading and hearing of the word of God. The bare reading of the Scriptures in public assemblies is not enough; they should be expounded, and the people exhorted out of them. This is helping people in doing that which is necessary to make the word profitable, to apply it to themselves. Every thing is touched upon in this sermon, which might best prevail with Jews to receive and embrace Christ as the promised Messiah. And every view, however short or faint, of the Lord's dealings with his church, reminds us of his mercy and long-suffering, and of man's ingratitude and perverseness. Paul passes from David to the Son of David, and shows that this Jesus is his promised Seed; a Saviour to do that for them, which the judges of old could not do, to save them from their sins, their worst enemies. When the apostles preached Christ as the Saviour, they were so far from concealing his death, that they always preached Christ crucified. Our complete separation from sin, is represented by our being buried with Christ. But he rose again from the dead, and saw no corruption: this was the great truth to be preached.
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