Acts 7:7
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New International Version
But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,' God said, 'and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.'

New Living Translation
'But I will punish the nation that enslaves them,' God said, 'and in the end they will come out and worship me here in this place.'

English Standard Version
‘But I will judge the nation that they serve,’ said God, ‘and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.’

New American Standard Bible
"'AND WHATEVER NATION TO WHICH THEY WILL BE IN BONDAGE I MYSELF WILL JUDGE,' said God, 'AND AFTER THAT THEY WILL COME OUT AND SERVE ME IN THIS PLACE.'

King James Bible
And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will judge the nation that they will serve as slaves, God said. After this, they will come out and worship Me in this place.

International Standard Version
But I will punish the nation they serve,' said God, 'and afterwards they will leave and worship me in this place.'

NET Bible
But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,' said God, 'and after these things they will come out of there and worship me in this place.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
'And that people whom they serve in slavery, I will judge.' God said, 'After these things, they will go out and they will serve me in this place.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God also told him, 'I will punish the people whom they will serve. After that, they will leave that country and worship me here.'

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Gentiles unto whom they shall be in slavery I will judge, said God; and after that they shall come forth and serve me in this place.

King James 2000 Bible
And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.

American King James Version
And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.

American Standard Version
And the nation to which they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the nation which they shall serve will I judge, said the Lord; and after these things they shall go out, and shall serve me in this place.

Darby Bible Translation
and the nation to which they shall be in bondage will *I* judge, said God; and after these things they shall come forth and serve me in this place.

English Revised Version
And the nation to which they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that they shall come forth, and serve me in this place.

Weymouth New Testament
"'And the nation, whichever it is, that enslaves them, I will judge,' said God; 'and afterwards they shall come out, and they shall worship Me in this place.'

World English Bible
'I will judge the nation to which they will be in bondage,' said God, 'and after that will they come out, and serve me in this place.'

Young's Literal Translation
and the nation whom they shall serve I will judge, said God; and after these things they shall come forth and shall do Me service in this place.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:1-16 Stephen was charged as a blasphemer of God, and an apostate from the church; therefore he shows that he is a son of Abraham, and values himself on it. The slow steps by which the promise made to Abraham advanced toward performance, plainly show that it had a spiritual meaning, and that the land intended was the heavenly. God owned Joseph in his troubles, and was with him by the power of his Spirit, both on his own mind by giving him comfort, and on those he was concerned with, by giving him favour in their eyes. Stephen reminds the Jews of their mean beginning as a check to priding themselves in the glories of that nation. Likewise of the wickedness of the patriarchs of their tribes, in envying their brother Joseph; and the same spirit was still working in them toward Christ and his ministers. The faith of the patriarchs, in desiring to be buried in the land of Canaan, plainly showed they had regard to the heavenly country. It is well to recur to the first rise of usages, or sentiments, which have been perverted. Would we know the nature and effects of justifying faith, we should study the character of the father of the faithful. His calling shows the power and freeness of Divine grace, and the nature of conversion. Here also we see that outward forms and distinctions are as nothing, compared with separation from the world, and devotedness to God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - Which for whom, A.V. And serve me in this place. These words are not in Genesis 15, from which the preceding words are quoted. Instead of καὶ λατρεύσουσι μοί ἐν τῷ τόπῳ τούτῳ, the LXX, following the Hebrew, have μετὰ ἀποσκεύης πολλῆς, "with great substance." The words "serve me in this place," seem certainly to have been suggested by Exodus 3:12, "Ye shall serve God upon this mountain;" but they give a perfectly correct account of what happened in this case.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage,.... At the end of the four hundred years, and which was the Egyptian nation:

I will judge, said God; that is, condemn and punish them, as he did, by inflicting the ten plagues upon them:

and after that they shall come forth; out of the land of Egypt, and their hard bondage there; and which was brought about by the judgments executed upon the Egyptians:

and serve me in this place; in the land of Canaan; though these words are not to be found in Genesis 15:13 what comes nearest them is in Exodus 3:12. "Ye shall serve God upon this mountain"; meaning Mount Horeb, where Moses then was, and from whence the law was afterwards given.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place—Here the promise to Abraham (Ge 15:16), and that to Moses (Ex 3:12), are combined; Stephen's object being merely to give a rapid summary of the leading facts.

Acts 7:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Stephen Addresses the Sanhedrin
6"But God spoke to this effect, that his DESCENDANTS WOULD BE ALIENS IN A FOREIGN LAND, AND THAT THEY WOULD BE ENSLAVED AND MISTREATED FOR FOUR HUNDRED YEARS. 7"'AND WHATEVER NATION TO WHICH THEY WILL BE IN BONDAGE I MYSELF WILL JUDGE,' said God, 'AND AFTER THAT THEY WILL COME OUT AND SERVE ME IN THIS PLACE.' 8"And He gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.…
Cross References
Exodus 3:10
So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt."

Exodus 3:12
And God said, "I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain."
Treasury of Scripture

And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.

the nation.

Genesis 15:14-16 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward …

Exodus 7:1-14:31 And the LORD said to Moses, See, I have made you a god to Pharaoh: …

Nehemiah 9:9-11 And did see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heard their …

Psalm 74:12-14 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the middle of the earth…

Psalm 78:43-51 How he had worked his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan…

Psalm 105:27-36 They showed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham…

Psalm 135:8,9 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 51:9,10 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the …

and serve.

Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with you; and this shall be a token …

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