Stephen’s Address: The Patriarchs in Egypt

“And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him 10 and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. 11 Now a famine and great trouble came over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and our fathers found no sustenance. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. 13 And the second time Joseph was made known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to the Pharaoh. 14 Then Joseph sent and called his father Jacob and all his relatives to him, seventy-five people. 15 So Jacob went down to Egypt; and he died, he and our fathers. 16 And they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. — Acts 7:9-16.

Stephen relates how the patriarchs (the sons of Jacob), envious of Joseph, sell him into Egypt. But God is with him, rescues him from all his troubles, and grants him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who makes him governor over Egypt and over all his household. Then a famine occurs throughout Egypt and Canaan, causing great suffering, and their ancestors could not find food. When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sends his sons there the first time. On their second visit Joseph makes himself known to his brothers and Joseph’s family becomes known to Pharaoh. Joseph invites his father Jacob and his relatives, seventy-five in all, to migrate to Egypt. Jacob migrates to Egypt and dies there along with the other patriarchs. Their bones are later moved to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a certain sum of money from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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