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Acts 7:17-18

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7:17 “But as the time drew near for God to fulfill the promise he had declared to Abraham, 1  the people increased greatly in number 2  in Egypt, 7:18 until another king who did not know about 3  Joseph ruled 4  over Egypt. 5 

1 tn Grk “But as the time for the fulfillment of the promise drew near that God had declared to Abraham.” The order of the clauses has been rearranged to improve English style. See vv. 6-7 above.

2 tn Grk “the people increased and multiplied.”

3 tn Or simply “did not know.” However, in this context the point is that the new king knew nothing about Joseph, not whether he had known him personally (which is the way “did not know Joseph” could be understood).

4 tn Grk “arose,” but in this context it clearly refers to a king assuming power.

5 sn A quotation from Exod 1:8.



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