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Acts 7:14

    Acts 7:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, three score and fifteen souls.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Joseph sent, and called to him Jacob his father, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then Joseph sent for Jacob his father and all his family, seventy-five persons.

    Webster's Revision

    And Joseph sent, and called to him Jacob his father, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

    World English Bible

    Joseph sent, and summoned Jacob, his father, and all his relatives, seventy-five souls.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Joseph sent, and called to him Jacob his father, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.

    Definitions for Acts 7:14

    Kindred - Tribe; family.
    Threescore - Sixty.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 7:14

    Threescore and fifteen souls - There are several difficulties here, which it is hoped the reader will find satisfactorily removed in the note on Genesis 46:20 (note). It is well known that in Genesis 46:27, and in Deuteronomy 10:22, their number is said to be threescore and ten; but Stephen quotes from the Septuagint, which adds five persons to the account which are not in the Hebrew text, Machir, Gilead, Sutelaam, Taham, and Edem; but see the note referred to above.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 7:14

    All his kindred - His father and family, Genesis 45:17-28; Genesis 46:1-26.

    Threescore and fifteen souls - Seventy-five persons. There has been much perplexity felt in the explanation of this passage. In Genesis 46:26, Exodus 1:5, and Deuteronomy 10:22, it is expressly said that the number which went down to Egypt consisted of 70 persons. The question is, in what way these accounts can be reconciled? It is evident that Stephen has followed the account which is given by the Septuagint. In Genesis 46:27, that version reads, "But the sons of Joseph who were with him in Egypt were nine souls; all the souls of the house of Jacob which came with Jacob into Egypt were seventy-five souls." This number is made out by adding these nine souls to the 66 mentioned in Genesis 46:26. The difference between the Septuagint and Moses is, that the former mentions five descendants of Joseph who are not recorded by the latter. The "names" of the sons of Ephraim and Manasseh are recorded in 1 Chronicles 7:14-21. Their names were Ashriel, Machir, Zelophehad, Peresh, sons of Manasseh; and Shuthelah, son of Ephraim. Why the Septuagint inserted these, it may not be easy to see. But such was evidently the fact; and the fact accords accurately with the historic record, though Moses did not insert their names. The solution of difficulties in regard to chronology is always difficult; and what might be entirely apparent to a Jew in the time of Stephen, may be wholly inexplicable to us.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 7:14

    7:14 Seventy - five souls - So the seventy interpreters, (whom St. Stephen follows,) one son and a grandson of Manasseh, and three children of Ephraim, being added to the seventy persons mentioned Gen 46:27.