n1 Tim. 4:14; 5:22; 2 Tim. 1:6; [ch. 8:17; 9:17; 19:6; Heb. 6:2]
Seven Chosen to Serve1Now in these days awhen the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists ▼
▼That is, Greek-speaking Jewsarose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in cthe daily distribution. 2And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 dTherefore, brothers ▼
▼Or brothers and sisterspick out from among you seven men fof good repute gfull of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4But hwe will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen ia man full of faith and jof the Holy Spirit, and kPhilip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus la proselyte of Antioch. 6These they set before the apostles, and mthey prayed and nlaid their hands on them.
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