OF THE APOSTLES
9. The Appointment of Seven Deacons
1 And in these days, as the disciples were amultiplying in number, a murmuring of the 1bHellenists against the 2Hebrews occurred, because their cwidows were being overlooked in the daily ddispensing.
2 And the twelve called the multitude of the disciples to them and said, It is not 1fitting for us to forsake the word of God and serve tables.
3 But brothers, look for seven awell-attested men from among you, 1full of the bSpirit and of 2cwisdom, whom we will appoint over this need.
4 But we will continue steadfastly in 1aprayer and in the bministry of the word.
5 And the word pleased all the multitude; and they chose Stephen, a man full of afaith and of the Holy bSpirit, and cPhilip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenas and Nicolas, a 1proselyte of Antioch,
6 Whom they set before the apostles; and when they had aprayed, they 1blaid their hands on 2them.
10. The Growth of the Word
and the Multiplication of the Disciples
7 And the word of God 1agrew, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem bmultiplied greatly; and a large number of the priests cobeyed the 2dfaith.
11. The Increase of the Persecution by the Jewish Religionists
a. The Martyrdom of Stephen
(1) Opposed and Arrested
8 And Stephen, full of grace and apower, did great 1wonders and signs among the people.
9 But some of those of the 1synagogue which is called the synagogue of the 2Libertines and of the Cyrenians and of the Alexandrians and of those from Cilicia and Asia rose up and disputed with Stephen;
10 Yet they were not able to awithstand the wisdom and the bSpirit with which he spoke.
11 Then they instigated some men to asay, We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.
12 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and led him to the 1Sanhedrin.
13 And they set up afalse bwitnesses, saying, This man does not cease speaking words cagainst this holy 1place and the law,
14 For we have heard him saying that this Jesus the Nazarene will 1destroy this place and will change the acustoms which Moses delivered to us.
15 And all those sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw his face as though it were the 1face of an angel.