Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1And The High Priest asked him, "Are these things so?"
2But he said, "Men, brothers and fathers, listen; The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Bayth-Nahrayn,* when he had not come to dwell in Haran, 3And he said to him, 'Depart from your land and from the presence of the people of your relatives and come to the land which I shall show you.' 4And then Abraham went out from the land of the Chaldeans and came and dwelt in Haran, and from there, when his father had died, God removed him to this land in which you dwell today. 5And he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a footprint, and he promised to give it to him to inherit for himself and for his seed when he had no son. 6And God was speaking with him when he said to him, 'Your seed will be a stranger in a foreign land, and they will enslave him and will afflict him four hundred years;' 7'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.' 8And he gave him the covenant of circumcision, and then he begot Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day and Isaac begot Jacob and Jacob begot our twelve fathers.
9And our fathers were jealous of Joseph and they sold him into Egypt and God was with him. 10And he saved him from all his sufferings and he gave him grace and wisdom before Pharaoh The King of Egypt and he appointed him Ruler over Egypt and over his whole house.
11And there was a famine and great distress in all of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, and there was nothing to satisfy our fathers. 12When Jacob heard that there was produce in Egypt, he sent our fathers first. 13And when they went the second time, Joseph made himself known to his brothers and the family of Joseph was made known to Pharaoh. 14Joseph sent and brought his father Jacob and all his family, and they were seventy five souls in number, 15( And Jacob went down to Egypt and died there, he and our fathers, ) 16And he was moved to Shechem and was placed in a tomb,* which Abraham had bought with silver from the sons of Hamor.
17And when the time had arrived which God had promised to Abraham with an oath, the people had multiplied and had grown strong in Egypt, 18Until another King arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph. 19He was deceptive toward our race and did evil to our fathers and commanded to cast out their male infants that they would not live. 20At that time Moses was born, and was dear to God and was raised three months in his father's house. 21When he was cast out by his mother, the daughter of Pharaoh found him and she raised him as her son. 22And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was prepared in his words and in his deeds also. 23When he was forty years old, it came upon his heart to visit his brethren and the children of Israel. 24And he saw one of the sons of his tribe being compelled by violence and he avenged him and executed justice for him and killed the Egyptian who had wronged him. 25And he hoped that his brethren, the sons of Israel, would have understood that God would give them deliverance by his hand, and they did not understand. 26And the next day he appeared to them when they contended with one another and he appealed to them to be reconciled when he said: "Men, brothers, why are you doing wrong to one another?" 27But he who was doing wrong to his fellow thrust him away from him and said to him, 'Who appointed you the Ruler and Judge over us? 28Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?' 29And Moses fled at this saying and he became a nomad in the land of Midian and he had two sons.
30And when forty years were fulfilled to him, The Angel of THE LORD JEHOVAH appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai in the fire which burned in a bush. 31And when Moses saw it, he marveled at the vision, and when he approached to see, THE LORD JEHOVAH said to him in a voice: 32'I AM THE LIVING GOD*, The God of your fathers, The God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob', and as Moses was trembling, he did not dare to gaze at the vision. 33And THE LORD JEHOVAH said to him, 'Loose your shoes from your feet, for the ground on which you stand is holy.' 34'I have looked and have seen the suffering of my people who are in Egypt and I have heard their groans and I have come down to save them; and now come, I shall send you to Egypt.'
35This Moses, whom they rejected when they were saying, 'Who appointed you the Ruler and Judge over us?', this one God sent as the Ruler and Deliverer to them by the hand of The Angel who appeared to him at the bush. 36This is he who sent them out when he did signs and wonders and mighty works in the land of Egypt and at The Sea of Reeds* and in the wilderness forty years. 37This is Moses who said to the children of Israel, 'THE LORD JEHOVAH God shall appoint you a Prophet like me from your brethren. You shall listen to him.' 38This is he who was in the assembly in the wilderness with The Angel who had spoken with him and with our fathers at the mountain of Sinai, and he was receiving the living words which he would give to us. 39And our fathers chose not to obey him, but they forsook him and in their hearts they returned to Egypt, 40As they said to Aaron, 'Make gods for us to go before us, because we do not know what has become of this Moses who brought us out from the land of Egypt.' 41And they made a calf for themselves in those days, and they sacrificed sacrifices to the idol and they were delighting in the work of their hands. 42And God turned and handed them over to become worshipers of the hosts of the Heavens, just as it is written in the Scriptures of The Prophets, 'Why have you brought animals or sacrifices to me for forty years in the wilderness, sons of Israel?' 43'But you carry the tabernacle of Malcom and the star of The God Rephan, which images which you have made to worship. I shall remove you farther than Babel.'
44Behold, the tabernacle of the testimony of our fathers was in the wilderness according to what he who spoke with Moses commanded to make it, with the likeness which he showed him. 45And our fathers brought the same tabernacle and carried it with Joshua* to the land that God had given them as an inheritance from the nations which he had driven out from before them, and it was carried until the days of David, 46He who found affection before him who is God, and he requested to find a tabernacle for The God of Jacob. 47But Solomon built a house for him. 48And The Exalted One does not dwell in the product of hands as The Prophet says:
49'Heaven is my throne and The Earth is the stool which is under my feet. Where is the house that you will build for me? says THE LORD JEHOVAH, or where is the place of my rest?'
50'Behold, has not my hand made all these things?'
51Oh, stiff necks, who are uncircumcised in their hearts and in their hearing, you always are opposing The Spirit of Holiness, as your fathers did, so do you! 52Which of The Prophets have not your fathers persecuted and murdered, who before had searched out concerning the coming of The Righteous One, him whom you have betrayed and killed? 53You have received The Law by the visitation of Angels and have not kept it."
54And when they heard these things, they were filled with rage in their souls and they were gnashing on him with their teeth. 55And he, being filled with faith and The Spirit of Holiness, gazed into Heaven and he saw the glory of God, and Yeshua as he stood at the right side of God. 56And he said, "Behold, I see the Heavens opening and The Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." 57And they yelled with a loud voice and stopped up their ears, and they all rushed upon him. 58And they seized and brought him outside the city, and they were stoning him, and those who testified against him placed their robes at the feet of a young man, one who is called Shaul. 59And they were stoning Estephanaus as he prayed and said, "Our Lord Yeshua, accept my spirit!" 60And when he knelt down, he cried out in a loud voice and he said, "Our Lord, do not let this sin stand against them!" When he had said this, he fell asleep.