6 1Now in these days, when the number of the disciples was
multiplying, there arose a murmuring of the Grecian Jews against the Hebrews,
because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not
fit that we should forsake the word of God, and serve tables.
out therefore, brethren, from among you seven men of good report, full of the
Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
will continue stedfastly in prayer, and in the ministry of the word.
the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of
faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and
Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus a proselyte of Antioch;
6whom they set
before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands upon
7And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples
multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly; and a great company of the priests were
obedient to the faith.
8And Stephen, full of grace and power, wrought
great wonders and signs among the people.
9But there arose certain of
them that were of the synagogue called the synagogue of the
Libertines, and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of them of
Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen.
10And they were not able to
withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spake.
suborned men, who said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against
Moses, and against God.
12And they stirred up the people, and the
elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and seized him, and brought him
into the council,
13and set up false witnesses, who said, This man
ceaseth not to speak words against this holy place, and the law:
have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and
shall change the customs which Moses delivered unto us.
15And all that
sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face as it had been
the face of an angel.