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Acts 7:39

7:39 Our 1  ancestors 2  were unwilling to obey 3  him, but pushed him aside 4  and turned back to Egypt in their hearts,

Acts 7:51


7:51 “You stubborn 5  people, with uncircumcised 6  hearts and ears! 7  You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, like your ancestors 8  did!

1 tn Grk “whom our.” The continuation of the sentence as a relative clause is awkward in English, so a new sentence was started in the translation at this point.

2 tn Or “forefathers”; Grk “fathers.”

3 sn To obey. Again the theme of the speech is noted. The nation disobeyed the way of God and opted for Egypt over the promised land.

4 sn Pushed him aside. This is the second time Moses is “pushed aside” in Stephen’s account (see v. 27).

5 sn Traditionally, “stiff-necked people.” Now the critique begins in earnest.

6 tn The term ἀπερίτμητοι (aperitmhtoi, “uncircumcised”) is a NT hapax legomenon (occurs only once). See BDAG 101-2 s.v. ἀπερίτμητος and Isa 52:1.

7 tn Or “You stubborn and obstinate people!” (The phrase “uncircumcised hearts and ears” is another figure for stubbornness.)

8 tn Or “forefathers”; Grk “fathers.”

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