Acts 7:41
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New International Version
That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made.

New Living Translation
So they made an idol shaped like a calf, and they sacrificed to it and celebrated over this thing they had made.

English Standard Version
And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.

Berean Study Bible
At that time they made a calf and offered a sacrifice to the idol, rejoicing in the works of their hands.

Berean Literal Bible
And in those days they made a calf and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.

New American Standard Bible
"At that time they made a calf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.

King James Bible
And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They even made a calf in those days, offered sacrifice to the idol, and were celebrating what their hands had made.

International Standard Version
"At that time they even made a calf to be their idol, offered a sacrifice to it, and delighted in what they had made with their hands.

NET Bible
At that time they made an idol in the form of a calf, brought a sacrifice to the idol, and began rejoicing in the works of their hands.

New Heart English Bible
They made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they made a calf for themselves in those days, and they sacrificed sacrifices to the idol and they were delighting in the work of their hands.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That was the time they made a calf. They offered a sacrifice to that false god and delighted in what they had made.

New American Standard 1977
“And at that time they made a calf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And then they made a calf and offered sacrifice unto the idol and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

King James 2000 Bible
And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

American King James Version
And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

American Standard Version
And they made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifices to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

Darby Bible Translation
And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

English Revised Version
And they made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

Weymouth New Testament
"Moreover they made a calf at that time, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and kept rejoicing in the gods which their own hands had made.

World English Bible
They made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands.

Young's Literal Translation
'And they made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands,
Study Bible
Stephen's Address to the Sanhedrin
40They said to Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us! As for this Moses who led us out of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.’ 41At that time they made a calf and offered a sacrifice to the idol, rejoicing in the works of their hands. 42But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the heavenly bodies, as it is written in the book of the prophets: ‘Did you offer Me slain beasts and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?…
Cross References
Exodus 32:4
He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, "This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt."

Exodus 32:6
So the next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

Psalm 106:19
They made a calf in Horeb And worshiped a molten image.

Revelation 9:20
The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their hands. They did not stop worshiping demons and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk.
Treasury of Scripture

And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

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Exodus 32:2-8,17-20 And Aaron said to them, Break off the golden earrings, which are …

Deuteronomy 9:12-18 And the LORD said to me, Arise, get you down quickly from hence…

Nehemiah 9:18 Yes, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is your …

Psalm 106:19-21 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image…

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Isaiah 2:8,9 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their …

Isaiah 44:9-20 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable …

Hosea 9:1,10 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for you have gone …

Habakkuk 2:18-20 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; …

(41) They made a calf.--The fact is stated in a compound word which is not found in the LXX. version, and which St. Stephen apparently coined for the purpose.

Rejoiced in the works of their own hands.--The verb expresses specially the joy of a feast, as in Luke 15:23-24; Luke 15:29; Luke 16:19; and is therefore specially appropriate for what is related in Exodus 32:5-6. The tense "were rejoicing" expresses the frequency or continuance of the sin.

Verse 41. - Brought a sacrifice for offered sacrifice, A.V. (see Exodus 32:6, with which the A.V. agrees best); hands for own hands, A.V. And they made a calf in those days,.... Whilst Moses was in the mount; this was done in imitation of the Egyptian idol Apis or Serapis, which was an ox or a bullock; and it was made of the golden earnings of the people, which were melted down, and cast into the form of a calf, and graved by Aaron with a graving tool, Exodus 32:2 And so the Syriac version here reads in the singular number, "and he made them a calf"; this was a most shameful and scandalous piece of idolatry. The Jews themselves are so sensible of the horribleness of it, and of the guilt of it, and of the reproach that lies on them for it, that it is common for them to say (c),

"there is not a generation, or an age, in which there is not an ounce of the sin of the calf.''

Or, as elsewhere (d) expressed,

"no punishment befalls thee, O Israel, in "which there is not an ounce of the sin of the calf".''

And offered sacrifice unto the idol; an altar was built, and proclamation made, that the next day would be the feast of the Lord; and accordingly early in the morning the people rose, and offered both burnt offerings and peace offerings, Exodus 32:5 and rejoiceth in the works of their own hands; for so the calf was; and which rejoicing they showed by eating, and drinking, and singing, and dancing.

(c) T. Hieros. Taaniot, fol. 68. 3.((d) Vid. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 102. 1.7:30-41 Men deceive themselves, if they think God cannot do what he sees to be good any where; he can bring his people into a wilderness, and there speak comfortably to them. He appeared to Moses in a flame of fire, yet the bush was not consumed; which represented the state of Israel in Egypt, where, though they were in the fire of affliction, yet they were not consumed. It may also be looked upon as a type of Christ's taking upon him the nature of man, and the union between the Divine and human nature. The death of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, cannot break the covenant relation between God and them. Our Saviour by this proves the future state, Mt 22:31. Abraham is dead, yet God is still his God, therefore Abraham is still alive. Now, this is that life and immortality which are brought to light by the gospel. Stephen here shows that Moses was an eminent type of Christ, as he was Israel's deliverer. God has compassion for the troubles of his church, and the groans of his persecuted people; and their deliverance takes rise from his pity. And that deliverance was typical of what Christ did, when, for us men, and for our salvation, he came down from heaven. This Jesus, whom they now refused, as their fathers did Moses, even this same has God advanced to be a Prince and Saviour. It does not at all take from the just honour of Moses to say, that he was but an instrument, and that he is infinitely outshone by Jesus. In asserting that Jesus should change the customs of the ceremonial law. Stephen was so far from blaspheming Moses, that really he honoured him, by showing how the prophecy of Moses was come to pass, which was so clear. God who gave them those customs by his servant Moses, might, no doubt, change the custom by his Son Jesus. But Israel thrust Moses from them, and would have returned to their bondage; so men in general will not obey Jesus, because they love this present evil world, and rejoice in their own works and devices.
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