1 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a
murmuring against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were being
overlooked in the daily service.
2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, It is not desirable
that we should leave the Word of God and serve tables.
3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of
the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this need;
4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of
faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas,
a proselyte from Antioch,
6 whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.
7 And the Word of God grew, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.
9 Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Libertines (Cyrenians,
Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen.
10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.
11 Then they secretly induced men to say, We have heard him speak blasphemous words
against Moses and God.
12 And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him,
seized him, and led him into the council.
13 They also set up false witnesses who said, This man does not cease to speak
blasphemous words against this holy place and the Law;
14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and
change the customs which Moses delivered to us.
15 And all who sat in the council, gazing at him, saw his face as if it were the face of an