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Acts 7:9

    Acts 7:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt: and God was with him,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the brothers, moved with envy against Joseph, gave him to the Egyptians for money: but God was with him,

    Webster's Revision

    And the patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt: and God was with him,

    World English Bible

    "The patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt. God was with him,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the patriarchs, moved with jealousy against Joseph, sold him into Egypt: and God was with him,

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 7:9

    And the patriarchs - The twelve sons of Jacob, thus called because each was chief or head of his respective family or tribe.

    Moved with envy - Ζηλωσαντες. We translate ζηλος variously: zeal or fervent affection, whether its object be good or bad, is its general meaning; and ζηλοω signifies to be indignant, envious, etc. See the note on Acts 5:17. The brethren of Joseph, hearing of his dreams, and understanding them to portend his future advancement, filled with envy, (with which no ordinary portion of malice was associated), sold Joseph into the land of Egypt, hoping by this means to prevent his future grandeur; but God, from whom the portents came, was with him, and made their envy the direct means of accomplishing the great design.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 7:9

    Moved with envy - That is, dissatisfied with the favor which their father Jacob showed Joseph, and envious at the dreams which indicated that he was to be raised to remarkable honor above his parents and brethren, Genesis 37:3-11.

    Sold Joseph into Egypt - Sold him, that he might be taken to Egypt. This was done at the suggestion of "Judah," who advised it that Joseph might not be put to death by his brethren, Genesis 37:28. It is possible that Stephen, by this fact, might have designed to prepare the way for a severe rebuke of the Jews for having dealt in a similar manner with their Messiah.

    But God was with him - God protected him, and overruled all these wicked doings, so that he was raised to extraordinary honors.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 7:9

    7:9 But God was with him - Though he was not in this land. Gen 37:28.
    Book: Acts