Acts 6

Choosing of the Seven

Lit in these days
at this time while the b  disciples were c  increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the
Jews who adopted the Gr language and much of Gr culture through acculturation
e  Hellenistic Jews against the native f  Hebrews, because their g  widows were being overlooked in h  the daily serving of food.
2So the twelve summoned the
Lit multitude
congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables.
3Therefore, j  brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, k  full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. 4“But we will l  devote ourselves to prayer and to the
Or service
ministry of the word.”
5The statement found approval with the whole
Lit multitude
congregation; and they chose o  Stephen, a man p  full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and q  Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and
Gr Nikolaos
Nicolas, a
I.e. a Gentile convert to Judaism
t  proselyte from u  Antioch.
6And these they brought before the apostles; and after v  praying, they w  laid their hands on them.

7 x  The word of God kept on spreading; and y  the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to z  the faith.

8And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great aa  wonders and
Or attesting miracles
signs among the people.
9But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both ac  Cyrenians and ad  Alexandrians, and some from ae  Cilicia and
I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor
ag  Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen.
10But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 11Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.” 12And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they ah  came up to him and dragged him away and brought him
Lit into
before aj  the
Or Sanhedrin
13They put forward al  false witnesses who said, “This man incessantly speaks against this am  holy place and the Law; 14for we have heard him say that an  this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter ao  the customs which Moses handed down to us.” 15And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the
Or Sanhedrin
aq  Council saw his face like the face of an angel.
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