Stephen's speech before the council. His martyrdom.
1 Then the high priest said: Are these things so?
Dixit autem princeps sacerdotum : Si haec ita se habent?
2 Who said: Ye men, brethren, and fathers, hear. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charan.
Qui ait : Viri fratres et patres, audite : Deus gloriae apparuit patri nostro Abrahae cum esset in Mesopotamia, prius quam moraretur in Charan,
3 And said to him: Go forth out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.
et dixit ad illum : Exi de terra tua, et de cognatione tua, et veni in terram quam monstravero tibi.
4 Then he went out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in Charan. And from thence, after his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein you now dwell.
Tunc exiit de terra Chaldaeorum, et habitavit in Charan. Et inde, postquam mortuus est pater ejus, transtulit illum in terram istam, in qua nunc vos habitatis.
5 And he gave him no inheritance in it; no, not the pace of a foot: but he promised to give it him in possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.
Et non dedit illi haereditatem in ea, nec passum pedis : sed repromisit dare illi eam in possessionem, et semini ejus post ipsum, cum non haberet filium.
6 And God said to him: That his seed should sojourn in a strange country, and that they should bring them under bondage, and treat them evil four hundred years.
Locutus est autem ei Deus : Quia erit semen ejus accola in terra aliena, et servituti eos subjicient, et male tractabunt eos annis quadringentis :
7 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.
et gentem cui servierint, judicabo ego, dixit Dominus : et post haec exibunt, et servient mihi in loco isto.
8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision, and so he begot Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begot Jacob; and Jacob the twelve patriarchs.
Et dedit illi testamentum circumcisionis : et sic genuit Isaac, et circumcidit eum die octavo : et Isaac, Jacob : et Jacob, duodecim patriarchas.
9 And the patriarchs, through envy, sold Joseph into Egypt; and God was with him,
Et patriarchae aemulantes, Joseph vendiderunt in Aegyptum, et erat Deus cum eo :
10 And delivered him out of all his tribulations: and he gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharao, the king of Egypt; and he appointed him governor over Egypt, and over all his house.
et eripuit eum ex omnibus tribulationibus ejus : et dedit ei gratiam et sapientiam in conspectu pharaonis regis Aegypti, et constituit eum praepositum super Aegyptum, et super omnem domum suam.
11 Now there came a famine upon all Egypt and Chanaan, and great tribulation; and our fathers found no food.
Venit autem fames in universam Aegyptum, et Chanaan, et tribulatio magna : et non inveniebant cibos patres nostri.
12 But when Jacob had heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent our fathers first:
Cum audisset autem Jacob esse frumentum in Aegypto, misit patres nostros primum :
13 And at the second time, Joseph was known by his brethren, and his kindred was made known to Pharao.
et in secundo cognitus est Joseph a fratribus suis, et manifestatum est Pharaoni genus ejus.
14 And Joseph sending, called thither Jacob, his father, and all his kindred, seventy-five souls.
Mittens autem Joseph accersivit Jacob patrem suum, et omnem cognationem suam in animabus septuaginta quinque.
15 So Jacob went down into Egypt; and he died, and our fathers.
Et descendit Jacob in Aegyptum : et defunctus est ipse, et patres nostri.
16 And they were translated into Sichem, and were laid in the sepulchre, that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Hemor, the son of Sichem.
Et translati sunt in Sichem, et positi sunt in sepulchro, quod emit Abraham pretio argenti a filiis Hemor filii Sichem.
17 And when the time of the promise drew near, which God had promised to Abraham, the people increased, and were multiplied in Egypt,
Cum autem appropinquaret tempus promissionis, quam confessus erat Deus Abrahae, crevit populus, et multiplicatus est in Aegypto,
18 Till another king arose in Egypt, who knew not Joseph.
quoadusque surrexit alius rex in Aegypto, qui non sciebat Joseph.
19 This same dealing craftily with our race, afflicted our fathers, that they should expose their children, to the end they might not be kept alive.
Hic circumveniens genus nostrum, afflixit patres nostros ut exponerent infantes suos, ne vivificarentur.
20 At the same time was Moses born, and he was acceptable to God: who was nourished three months in his father's house.
Eodem tempore natus est Moyses et fuit gratus Deo, qui nutritus est tribus mensibus in domo patris sui.
21 And when he was exposed, Pharao's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.
Exposito autem illo, sustulit eum filia Pharaonis, et nutrivit eum sibi in filium.
22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians; and he was mighty in his words and in his deeds.
Et eruditus est Moyses omni sapientia Aegyptiorum, et erat potens in verbis, et in operibus suis.
23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel.
Cum autem impleretur ei quadraginta annorum tempus, ascendit in cor ejus ut visitaret fratres suos filios Israel.
24 And when he had seen one of them suffer wrong, he defended him; and striking the Egyptian, he avenged him who suffered the injury.
Et cum vidisset quemdam injuriam patientem, vindicavit illum, et fecit ultionem ei qui injuriam sustinebat, percusso Aegyptio.
25 And he thought that his brethren understood that God by his hand would save them; but they understood it not.
Existimabat autem intelligere fratres, quoniam Deus per manum ipsius daret salutem illis : at illi non intellexerunt.
26 And the day following, he shewed himself to them when they were at strife; and would have reconciled them in peace, saying: Men, ye are brethren; why hurt you one another?
Sequenti vero die apparuit illis litigantibus : et reconciliabat eos in pace, dicens : Viri, fratres estis, ut quid nocetis alterutrum?
27 But he that did the injury to his neighbour thrust him away, saying: Who hath appointed thee prince and judge over us?
Qui autem injuriam faciebat proximo, repulit eum, dicens : Quis te constituit principem et judicem super nos?
28 What, wilt thou kill me, as thou didst yesterday kill the Egyptian?
Numquid interficere me tu vis, quemadmodum interfecisti heri Aegyptium?
29 And Moses fled upon this word, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begot two sons.
Fugit autem Moyses in verbo isto : et factus est advena in terra Madian, ubi generavit filios duos.
30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the desert of mount Sina, an angel in a flame of fire in a bush.
Et expletis annis quadraginta, apparuit illi in deserto montis Sina angelus in igne flammae rubi.
31 And Moses seeing it, wondered at the sight. And as he drew near to view it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying:
Moyses autem videns, admiratus est visum. Et accedente illo ut consideraret, facta est ad eum vox Domini, dicens :
32 I am the God of thy fathers; the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses being terrified, durst not behold.
Ego sum Deus patrum tuorum, Deus Abraham, Deus Isaac, et Deus Jacob. Tremefactus autem Moyses, non audebat considerare.
33 And the Lord said to him: Loose the shoes from thy feet, for the place wherein thou standest, is holy ground.
Dixit autem illi Dominus : Solve calceamentum pedum tuorum : locus enim in quo stas, terra sancta est.
34 Seeing I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, and I will send thee into Egypt.
Videns vidi afflictionem populi mei, qui est in Aegypto, et gemitum eorum audivi, et descendi liberare eos. Et nunc veni, et mittam te in Aegyptum.
35 This Moses, whom they refused, saying: Who hath appointed thee prince and judge? him God sent to be prince and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.
Hunc Moysen, quem negaverunt, dicentes : Quis te constituit principem et judicem? hunc Deus principem et redemptorem misit, cum manu angeli qui apparuit illi in rubo.
36 He brought them out, doing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the desert forty years.
Hic eduxit illos faciens prodigia, et signa in terra Aegypti, et in rubro mari, et in deserto annis quadraginta.
37 This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel: A prophet shall God raise up to you of your own brethren, as myself: him shall you hear.
Hic est Moyses, qui dixit filiis Israel : Prophetam suscitabit vobis Deus de fratribus vestris, tamquam me, ipsum audietis.
38 This is he that was in the church in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on mount Sina, and with our fathers; who received the words of life to give unto us.
Hic est qui fuit in ecclesia in solitudine cum angelo, qui loquebatur ei in monte Sina, et cum patribus nostris : qui accepit verba vitae dare nobis.
39 Whom our fathers would not obey; but thrust him away, and in their hearts turned back into Egypt,
Cui noluerunt obedire patres nostri : sed repulerunt, et aversi sunt cordibus suis in Aegyptum,
40 Saying to Aaron: Make us gods to go before us. For as for this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.
dicentes ad Aaron : Fac nobis deos, qui praecedant nos : Moyses enim hic, qui eduxit nos de terra Aegypti, nescimus quid factum sit ei.
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifices to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
Et vitulum fecerunt in diebus illis, et obtulerunt hostiam simulacro, et laetabantur in operibus manuum suarum.
42 And God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of heaven, as it is written in the books of the prophets: Did you offer victims and sacrifices to me for forty years, in the desert, O house of Israel?
Convertit autem Deus, et tradidit eos servire militiae caeli, sicut scriptum est in libro prophetarum : Numquid victimas et hostias obtulistis mihi annis quadraginta in deserto, domus Israel?
43 And you took unto you the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Rempham, figures which you made to adore them. And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
Et suscepistis tabernaculum Moloch, et sidus Dei vestri Rempham, figuras quas fecistis adorare eas et transferam vos trans Babylonem.
44 The tabernacle of the testimony was with our fathers in the desert, as God ordained for them, speaking to Moses, that he should make it according to the form which he had seen.
Tabernaculum testimonii fui cum patribus nostris in deserto, sicut disposuit illis Deus, loquens ad Moysen, ut faceret illud secundum formam quam viderat.
45 Which also our fathers receiving, brought in with Jesus, into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David.
Quod et induxerunt, suscipientes patres nostri cum Jesu in possessionem gentium, quas expulit Deus a facie patrum nostrorum, usque in diebus David,
46 Who found grace before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
qui invenit gratiam ante Deum, et petiit ut inveniret tabernaculum Deo Jacob.
47 But Solomon built him a house.
Salomon autem aedificavit illi domum.
48 Yet the most High dwelleth not in houses made by hands, as the prophet saith:
Sed non Excelsus in manufactis habitat, sicut propheta dicit :
49 Heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool. What house will you build me? saith the Lord; or what is the place of my resting?
Caelum mihi sedes est : terra autem scabellum pedum meorum. Quam domum aedificabitis mihi, dicit Dominus? aut quis locus requietionis meae est?
50 Hath not my hand made all these things?
Nonne manus mea fecit haec omnia?
51 You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you also.
Dura cervice, et incircumcisis cordibus, et auribus, vos semper Spiritui Sancto resistitis; sicut patres vestri, ita et vos.
52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold of the coming of the Just One; of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers:
Quem prophetarum non sunt persecuti patres vestri? Et occiderunt eos qui praenuntiabant de adventu Justi, cujus vos nunc proditores et homicidae fuistis :
53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
qui accepistis legem in dispositione angelorum, et non custodistis.
54 Now hearing these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed with their teeth at him.
Audientes autem haec dissecabantur cordibus suis, et stridebant dentibus in eum.
55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looking up steadfastly to heaven, saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. And he said: Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Cum autem esset plenus Spiritu Sancto, intendens in caelum, vidit gloriam Dei, et Jesum stantem a dextris Dei. Et ait : Ecce video caelos apertos, et Filium hominis stantem a dextris Dei.
56 And they crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord ran violently upon him.
Exclamantes autem voce magna continuerunt aures suas, et impetum fecerunt unanimiter in eum.
57 And casting him forth without the city, they stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul.
Et ejicientes eum extra civitatem lapidabant : et testes deposuerunt vestimenta sua secus pedes adolescentis qui vocabatur Saulus.
58 And they stoned Stephen, invoking, and saying: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
Et lapidabant Stephanum invocantem, et dicentem : Domine Jesu, suscipe spiritum meum.
59 And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord. And Saul was consenting to his death.
Positis autem genibus, clamavit voce magna, dicens : Domine, ne statuas illis hoc peccatum. Et cum hoc dixisset, obdormivit in Domino. Saulus autem erat consentiens neci ejus.