Bible: Acts 6

The Appointment of the First Seven Deacons

6:1 Now in those 1  days, when the disciples were growing in number, 2  a complaint arose on the part of the Greek-speaking Jews 3  against the native Hebraic Jews, 4  because their widows 5  were being overlooked 6  in the daily distribution of food. 7  6:2 So the twelve 8  called 9  the whole group 10  of the disciples together and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to wait on tables. 11  6:3 But carefully select from among you, brothers, 12  seven 13  men who are well-attested, 14  full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge 15  of this necessary task. 16  6:4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 6:5 The 17  proposal pleased the entire group, so 18  they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, with 19  Philip, 20  Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a Gentile convert to Judaism 21  from Antioch. 22  6:6 They stood these men before the apostles, who prayed 23  and placed 24  their hands on them. 6:7 The word of God continued to spread, 25  the number of disciples in Jerusalem 26  increased greatly, and a large group 27  of priests became obedient to the faith.

Stephen is Arrested

6:8 Now Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and miraculous signs 28  among the people. 6:9 But some men from the Synagogue 29  of the Freedmen (as it was called), 30  both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, as well as some from Cilicia and the province of Asia, 31  stood up and argued with Stephen. 6:10 Yet 32  they were not able to resist 33  the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. 6:11 Then they secretly instigated 34  some men to say, “We have heard this man 35  speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 6:12 They incited the people, the 36  elders, and the experts in the law; 37  then they approached Stephen, 38  seized him, and brought him before the council. 39  6:13 They brought forward false witnesses who said, “This man does not stop saying things against this holy place 40  and the law. 41  6:14 For we have heard him saying that Jesus the Nazarene will destroy this place and change the customs 42  that Moses handed down to us.” 6:15 All 43  who were sitting in the council 44  looked intently at Stephen 45  and saw his face was like the face of an angel. 46 

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