Acts 7:39
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New International Version
"But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.

King James Bible
To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,

Darby Bible Translation
to whom our fathers would not be subject, but thrust [him] from them, and in their hearts turned back to Egypt,

World English Bible
to whom our fathers wouldn't be obedient, but rejected him, and turned back in their hearts to Egypt,

Young's Literal Translation
to whom our fathers did not wish to become obedient, but did thrust away, and turned back in their hearts to Egypt,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

In their hearts turned back again into Egypt - Became idolaters, and preferred their Egyptian bondage and their idolatry to the promised land and the pure worship of God. See the whole of these transactions explained at large in the notes on Exodus 32:1-35 (note).

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whom.

Acts 7:51,52 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you...

Nehemiah 9:16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and listened not to your commandments,

Psalm 106:16,32,33 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD...

Ezekiel 20:6-14 In the day that I lifted up my hand to them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them...

but.

Acts 7:27 But he that did his neighbor wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?

Judges 11:2 And Gilead's wife bore him sons; and his wife's sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said to him...

1 Kings 2:27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest to the LORD; that he might fulfill the word of the LORD...

and in.

Exodus 14:11,12 And they said to Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness...

Exodus 16:3 And the children of Israel said to them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt...

Exodus 17:3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said...

Numbers 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:

Numbers 14:3,4 And why has the LORD brought us to this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey...

Numbers 21:5 And the people spoke against God, and against Moses, Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?...

Nehemiah 9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of your wonders that you did among them; but hardened their necks...

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Stephen's vision
'Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God'--ACTS vii. 56. I. The vision of the Son of Man, or the abiding manhood of Jesus. Stephen's Greek name, and his belonging to the Hellenistic part of the Church, make it probable that he had never seen Jesus during His earthly life. If so, how beautiful that he should thus see and recognise Him! How significant, in any case, is it he should instinctively have taken on his lips that name, 'the Son of Man,' to designate
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

The Prayer of Stephen.
(Fifth Sunday after Trinity, 1832.) TEXT: ACTS vii. 60. "And Stephen kneeled down and cried with, a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep." FREE and unrestricted as we are in our church as to our choice of subjects for meditation from the treasuries of the divine Word, many of you may still perhaps wonder why I have selected this passage. For you are aware that I have often lately taken occasion to express the opinion that the state of things
Friedrich Schleiermacher—Selected Sermons of Schleiermacher

Whether Christ's Birth Should have Been Manifested by Means of the Angels and the Star?
Objection 1: It would seem that Christ's birth should not have been manifested by means of the angels. For angels are spiritual substances, according to Ps. 103:4: "Who maketh His [Vulg.: 'makest Thy'] angels, spirits." But Christ's birth was in the flesh, and not in His spiritual substance. Therefore it should not have been manifested by means of angels. Objection 2: Further, the righteous are more akin to the angels than to any other, according to Ps. 33:8: "The angel of the Lord shall encamp round
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether it is Fitting that Christ Should Sit at the Right Hand of God the Father?
Objection 1: It would seem unfitting that Christ should sit at the right hand of God the Father. For right and left are differences of bodily position. But nothing corporeal can be applied to God, since "God is a spirit," as we read in Jn. 4:24. Therefore it seems that Christ does not sit at the right hand of the Father. Objection 2: Further, if anyone sits at another's right hand, then the latter is seated on his left. Consequently, if Christ sits at the right hand of the Father, it follows that
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Numbers 14:3
Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?"

1 Corinthians 14:32
The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.

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