Acts 6 ©

1 By reason of the murmuring of the Greeks against the Hebrews, seven deacons are chosen by the church. 6 And confirmed by the apostles by imposition of hands. 7 Many join themselves to the church even of the priests. 8 Stephen, one of the deacons, does many miracles; and they of the Synagogue of the Libertines and others rise up against him. 10 When they could not resist his spirit and wisdom, they draw him before the council. 13 And bring forth false witnesses, and they accuse him of blasphemy against the temple and the law. 15 His face shines as that of an angel.


AND 1in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring 2of the Greciansa against the Hebrews, because their widows were 3neglected in the daily 4ministration.


Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, Itb is not 5reason that we should 6leave the word of God, and 7serve tables.


8Wherefore,c brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full 9of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may 10appoint over this business.


But we will 11give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.


¶And the 12saying pleased 13the whole multitude: and 14they chose 15Stephen, a man fulld16of faith and of the Holy Ghost, ande17Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and 18Nicolas 19a proselyte of Antioch:


Whom they set beforef the apostles: and when 20they had prayed, they 21laidgtheir hands on them.


Andh the word of God 22increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the 23priests were obedient to the 24faith.


And Stephen, full of 25faith and 26power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.


¶Then there arose certain of the 27synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the 28Libertines, and 29Cyrenians, and 30Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, 31disputing with Stephen.


Andi they were not able 32to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.


Thenj they 33subornedk men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.


And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,


And 34set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against 35this holy place, and the law:


For we have heard him say, that 36this Jesus of Nazareth shall 37destroy this place, and shall change 38the customs which Moses delivered us.


And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been 39the face of an angel.