Acts 7:9
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New International Version
"Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him

New Living Translation
"These patriarchs were jealous of their brother Joseph, and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. But God was with him

English Standard Version
“And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him

Berean Study Bible
Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him

Berean Literal Bible
And the patriarchs, having envied Joseph, sold him into Egypt. But God was with him

New American Standard Bible
"The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. Yet God was with him,

King James Bible
And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt, but God was with him

International Standard Version
"Joseph's brothers became jealous of him and sold Joseph as a slave in Egypt. However, God was with him

NET Bible
The patriarchs, because they were jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt. But God was with him,

New Heart English Bible
"The patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt; and God was with him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And our fathers were jealous of Joseph and they sold him into Egypt and God was with him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Jacob's sons were jealous of their brother Joseph. They sold him into slavery, and he was taken to Egypt. But God was with Joseph

New American Standard 1977
“And the patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. And yet God was with him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt, but God was with him

King James 2000 Bible
And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

American King James Version
And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

American Standard Version
And the patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt: and God was with him,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the patriarchs, through envy, sold Joseph into Egypt; and God was with him,

Darby Bible Translation
And the patriarchs, envying Joseph, sold him away into Egypt. And God was with him,

English Revised Version
And the patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt: and God was with him,

Webster's Bible Translation
And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

Weymouth New Testament
"The Patriarchs were jealous of Joseph and sold him into slavery in Egypt. But God was with him

World English Bible
"The patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt. God was with him,

Young's Literal Translation
and the patriarchs, having been moved with jealousy, sold Joseph to Egypt, and God was with him,
Study Bible
Stephen's Address to the Sanhedrin
8Then God gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision, and 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. 9Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him 10and rescued him from all his troubles. He granted Joseph favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt, who appointed him ruler over Egypt and all his household.…
Cross References
Genesis 37:11
His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

Genesis 37:28
Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Genesis 39:2
The LORD was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian.

Genesis 39:21
But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.

Genesis 45:4
Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come closer to me." And they came closer. And he said, "I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.

Psalm 105:17
He sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

Haggai 2:4
'But now take courage, Zerubbabel,' declares the LORD, 'take courage also, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all you people of the land take courage,' declares the LORD, 'and work; for I am with you,' declares the LORD of hosts.

1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
Treasury of Scripture

And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

moved.

Genesis 37:4-11 And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all …

Genesis 49:23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

Matthew 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

sold.

Genesis 37:18-29 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near to them, …

Genesis 45:4 And Joseph said to his brothers, Come near to me, I pray you. And …

Genesis 50:15-20 And when Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, …

Psalm 105:17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:

but.

Genesis 39:2,5,21-23 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he …

Genesis 49:24 But his bow stayed in strength, and the arms of his hands were made …

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through …

(9) The patriarchs, moved with envy.--This, interpreted by what follows, is the first step in the long induction which is to show that the elect of God had always been opposed and rejected by those who were for the time the representatives of the nation. Envy had actuated the patriarchs when they sold Joseph; envy had led their descendants to deliver up Jesus (Matthew 27:18). But man's evil will had not frustrated God's gracious purpose. Joseph was made ruler over a kingdom. A greater glory might therefore be in store for Him who had now been rejected by them.

Sold Joseph into Egypt.--The objection that Joseph's brethren sold him not into Egypt, but to the Midianites and Ishmaelites (Genesis 37:25; Genesis 37:28), may well be dismissed as frivolous. They knew the trade which the Midianite slave-dealers carried on, and where their brother would be taken. So Joseph himself says of them "ye sold me hither" (Genesis 45:5).

Verse 9. - Moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him, for moved with envy sold Joseph, A.V., more correctly, and in accordance with Genesis 37:11, LXX.; and for but, A.V. Moved with jealousy, etc. Here breaks out that part of Stephen's argument which went to show how the Israelites had always ill-used their greatest benefactors, and resisted the leaders sent to them by God. And the patriarchs, moved with envy,.... See Genesis 37:11 the sons of Jacob and brethren of Joseph were filled with envy, and enraged at him, because of the evil report of them he brought to his father; and because he had a greater share in his father's love than they had; and because of his dreams, which signified that he should have the dominion over them, and they should be obliged to yield obedience to him: wherefore they

sold Joseph into Egypt; they sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver, who were going down to Egypt, and who carried him thither with them: these twenty pieces of silver, the Jews say, the ten brethren of Joseph divided among themselves; everyone took two shekels, and bought shoes for his feet; to which they apply the passage in Amos 2:6 "they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes" (k): and they suggest, that the redemption of the firstborn among the Israelites on account of the selling of Joseph; they say (l),

"because they sold the firstborn of Rachel for twenty pieces of silver, let everyone redeem his son, his firstborn, with twenty pieces of silver; says R. Phinehas, in the name of R. Levi, because they sold the firstborn of Rachel for twenty pieces of silver, and there fell to each of them a piece of coined money (the value of half a shekel), therefore let everyone pay his shekel coined.''

They also affirm (m), that the selling of Joseph was not expiated by the tribes, until they were dead, according to Isaiah 22:14 and that on the account of it, there was a famine in the land of Israel seven years. There seems to be some likeness between the treatment of Joseph and Jesus Christ, which Stephen may have some respect unto; as Joseph was sold by his brethren for twenty of silver, so Christ was sold by one of his disciples, that ate bread with him, for thirty pieces of silver; and as it was through envy the brethren of Joseph used him in this manner, so it was through envy that the Jews delivered Jesus Christ to Pontius Pilate, to be condemned to death: of this selling of Joseph into Egypt, Justin the historian speaks (n); his words are,

"Joseph was the youngest of his brethren, whose excellent wit his brethren fearing, secretly took him and sold him to strange merchants, by whom he was carried into Egypt.''

And then follow other things concerning him, some true and some false; Stephen here adds,

but God was with him; see Genesis 39:2 he was with him, and prospered him in Potiphar's house; he was with him, and kept him from the temptations of his mistress; he was with him in prison, and supported and comforted him, and at length delivered him from it, and promoted him as follows; and caused all the evil that befell him to work for good to him and his father's family.

(k) Pirke Eliezer, c. 38. (l) T. Hieros. Shekalim, fol. 46. 4. (m) Pirke Eliezer, ib. (n) L. 36. c. 2.9-16. the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt, but God was with him—Here Stephen gives his first example of Israel's opposition to God's purposes, in spite of which and by means of which those purposes were accomplished.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.
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