n1 Tim. 4:14; 5:22; 2 Tim. 1:6; [ch. 8:17; 9:17; 19:6; Heb. 6:2]
sSee Luke 21:14, 15
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. 7And othe word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests pbecame obedient to qthe faith.
Stephen Is Seized8And Stephen, full of grace and rpower, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10But sthey could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 11Then tthey secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council, 13and they uset up false vwitnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against wthis holy place and the law, 14for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth xwill destroy this place and will ychange zthe customs that Moses delivered to us.” 15And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face aawas like the face of an angel.
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