Acts 7:23
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites.

New Living Translation
"One day when Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his relatives, the people of Israel.

English Standard Version
“When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
"But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel.

King James Bible
And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As he was approaching the age of 40, he decided to visit his brothers, the Israelites.

International Standard Version
"When he was 40 years old, he decided to visit his brothers, the descendants of Israel.

NET Bible
But when he was about forty years old, it entered his mind to visit his fellow countrymen the Israelites.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When he was forty years old, it came upon his heart to visit his brethren and the children of Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he was 40 years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the sons of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
And when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

American King James Version
And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers the children of Israel.

American Standard Version
But when he was well-nigh forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
And when a period of forty years was fulfilled to him, it came into his heart to look upon his brethren, the sons of Israel;

English Revised Version
But when he was well-nigh forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

Weymouth New Testament
"And when he was just forty years old, it occurred to him to visit his brethren the descendants of Israel.

World English Bible
But when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
'And when forty years were fulfilled to him, it came upon his heart to look after his brethren, the sons of Israel;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:17-29 Let us not be discouraged at the slowness of the fulfilling of God's promises. Suffering times often are growing times with the church. God is preparing for his people's deliverance, when their day is darkest, and their distress deepest. Moses was exceeding fair, fair toward God; it is the beauty of holiness which is in God's sight of great price. He was wonderfully preserved in his infancy; for God will take special care of those of whom he designs to make special use. And did he thus protect the child Moses? Much more will he secure the interests of his holy child Jesus, from the enemies who are gathered together against him. They persecuted Stephen for disputing in defence of Christ and his gospel: in opposition to these they set up Moses and his law. They may understand, if they do not wilfully shut their eyes against the light, that God will, by this Jesus, deliver them out of a worse slavery than that of Egypt. Although men prolong their own miseries, yet the Lord will take care of his servants, and effect his own designs of mercy.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - Well-nigh for full, A.V. When he was precisely forty years old (Meyer) The exact meaning seems to be "when he was in the act of completing forty years." The account in Exodus 2:11 only says, "When Moses was grown" (μέγας γενόμενος, LXX.); the age of forty years, and the number of years, forty, that he sojourned in Midian, as given below, ver. 30, are traditional. "There are that say that Moses was forty years in Pharaoh's palace, forty years in Midian, and forty years in the wilderness" (Tauchum, in Exodus it.). "Moses was forty years in Pharaoh's court, and forty years in Midian, and forty years he served Israel" (Beresh. Rabb.), both quoted by Lightfoot ('Comment. and Exercitations upon the Acts'). The sum total of the three periods of forty years is given as the length of Moses' life, viz. a hundred and twenty years (Deuteronomy 34:7). Ver. 24. - Smiting for and smote, A.V.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when he was full forty years old,.... This Stephen had from tradition, and not from Scripture, which is silent about the age of Moses at this time, and only says, "it came to pass in those days when Moses was grown", Exodus 2:11 but that he was at this time at such an age, is the general sense of the Jews. Upon the above mentioned passage they have this note (h).

"twenty years old was Moses at that time; and there are that say, that he was forty years old. And (i) elsewhere still more particularly; Moses was "forty" years in the palace of Pharaoh, forty years in Midian, (the Amsterdam edition reads, "in the wilderness", wrongly,) and he served Israel forty years.''

Indeed, the fabulous history of his life makes him to be but fifteen years of age at this time (k); but Stephen's account is undoubtedly right, and which is confirmed by the above testimonies.

It came into his heart; by the Spirit of God, under a more than ordinary impulse of which he now was:

to visit his brethren, the children of Israel; whom he knew to be his brethren, partly from the common report in Pharaoh's court concerning him, and partly from the mark of circumcision in his flesh, and chiefly from divine revelation: for some years he had lived a courtly and military life, and had took no notice of the Israelites in their oppressions; but now the Lord laid it upon his heart to visit them, and observe how things were with them; and though he could not use any public and open authority, yet Philo the Jew says (l), that he exhorted the officers to use mildness and moderation with them, and comforted and encouraged the Israelites to bear their burdens with patience and constancy, and not sink under them; suggesting, that things would take another turn, and would change for the better in time.

(h) Shemot Rabba, sect. 1. fol. 91. 3.((i) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 100, fol. 88. 4. (k) Chronicon Mosis, fol. 5. 2.((l) De Vita Mosis, l. 1. p. 608, 609.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23-27. In Ac 7:23, 30, 36, the life of Moses is represented as embracing three periods, of forty years each; the Jewish writers say the same; and though this is not expressly stated in the Old Testament, his age at death, one hundred twenty years (De 34:7), agrees with it.

it came into his heart to visit his brethren—his heart yearning with love to them as God's chosen people, and heaving with the consciousness of a divine vocation to set them free.

Acts 7:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
Stephen Addresses the Sanhedrin
22"Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. 23"But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel. 24"And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian.…
Cross References
Exodus 2:11
One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people.

Exodus 7:7
Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.

Acts 7:24
He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian.

Hebrews 11:24
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.
Treasury of Scripture

And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers the children of Israel.

when.

Exodus 2:11,12 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he …

Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the …

it came.

Exodus 35:21,29 And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one …

1 Chronicles 29:17-19 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in …

2 Chronicles 30:12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the …

Ezra 1:1,5 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the …

Ezra 7:27 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which has put such a thing …

Proverbs 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: …

2 Corinthians 8:16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart …

Philippians 2:12,13 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence …

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down …

Revelation 17:17 For God has put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, …

to.

Acts 15:36 And some days after Paul said to Barnabas…

Exodus 4:18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said …

Jump to Previous
Age Almost Approaching Children Decided Descendants Entered Fellow Forty Fulfilled Full Heart Israel Israelites Mind Moses Occurred Period Visit Well-Nigh
Jump to Next
Age Almost Approaching Children Decided Descendants Entered Fellow Forty Fulfilled Full Heart Israel Israelites Mind Moses Occurred Period Visit Well-Nigh
Links
Acts 7:23 NIV
Acts 7:23 NLT
Acts 7:23 ESV
Acts 7:23 NASB
Acts 7:23 KJV

Acts 7:23 Bible Apps
Acts 7:23 Bible Suite
Acts 7:23 Biblia Paralela
Acts 7:23 Chinese Bible
Acts 7:23 French Bible
Acts 7:23 German Bible

Alphabetical: age approaching brethren But decided entered fellow forty he his Israel Israelites it mind Moses of old sons the to visit was When years

NT Apostles: Acts 7:23 But when he was forty years old (Acts of the Apostles Ac) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Acts 7:22
Top of Page
Top of Page