Acts 7:36 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Acts 7:36, NIV: He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness.

Acts 7:36, ESV: This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years.

Acts 7:36, KJV: He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.

Acts 7:36, NASB: This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.

Acts 7:36, NLT: And by means of many wonders and miraculous signs, he led them out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, and through the wilderness for forty years.

Acts 7:36, CSB: This man led them out and performed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.

What does Acts 7:36 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Stephen continues to remind his audience of Moses' place in Israel's history. God sent him to rescue the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. God used him to send ten plagues on Egypt until Pharaoh agreed to let them go (Exodus 7—12). At God's direction, Moses raised his staff, and the Red Sea parted, letting the Israelites flee and the Egyptian army drown (Exodus 14). For forty years, Moses continued to do miracles through the power of God, including providing water and food in the barren desert (Exodus 15:22–27; 16; 17:1–7).

Stephen points out that this is the Moses to whom God gave the Law that defined Israel as a nation (Acts 7:38). But it is also the Moses whom the Israelites rejected the first time he tried to help them (Exodus 2:14). And they continued to reject him throughout the forty years he led them and kept them safe. In fact, while Moses was on Mount Sinai, receiving the Law, the people pushed his brother Aaron to make a golden calf to worship (Acts 7:39–41).

The narrative reveals something obliquely. When Joseph told his brothers he had a dream inferring he would rule over them, they sold him into slavery (Acts 7:9). When Moses first tried to lead his people, he had to flee to another country (Acts 7:29). When Jesus first came to the Jews, in fact, a week after they heralded Him as king, they killed Him (Acts 7:52). When Joseph's brothers met up with him again, he was able to provide for them (Acts 7:11–14). When Moses returned to Egypt, he was able to lead the Israelites into freedom. When Jesus returns, He will rescue the Jews who follow Him and deliver them into the millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:1–6).