w Num 8:10; 27:18; Deut 34:9; Mark 5:23; Acts 8:17ff; 9:17; 13:3; 19:6; 1 Tim 4:14; 2 Tim 1:6; Heb 6:2
Choosing of the Seven1 Now ▼
▼ Lit in these daysat 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. 2 So the twelve summoned the ▼
▼ Lit multitudecongregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. 3 “Therefore, 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 serviceministry of the word.” 5 The statement found approval with the whole ▼
▼ Lit multitudecongregation; 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 NikolaosNicolas, a ▼
▼ I.e. a Gentile convert to Judaism, t proselyte from u Antioch. 6 And 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. 8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great aa wonders and ▼
▼ Or attesting miraclessigns among the people. 9 But 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. 10 But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 11 Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.” 12 And 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 intobefore aj the ▼
▼ Or SanhedrinCouncil. 13 They put forward al false witnesses who said, “This man incessantly speaks against this am holy place and the Law; 14 for 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.” 15 And 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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