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Acts 6

1 Now in those days when the disciples were multiplying there came to pass [a] complaint of the Greeks against the Jews that their widows were being overlooked in the daily service. 2 So the twelve having called upon the multitude of disciples, they said: It is not pleasing for us having forsaken the word of God [inorder] to be serving tables. 3 So examine, brothers, seven men from [among] you having witness born to them [that they are] full of [the] spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint over this need. 4 But we will persist in prayer and in the service of the word. 5 And [this] word pleased before all the multitude, and they chose Stephen, [a] man full of faith and of [the] Holy Spirit, and Phillip and Prochoros and Nicanora and Timona and Parmena and Nicolaos proselyte [of] Antiochea, 6 whom they stood before the apostles, and having prayed they placed on them their hands.

7 And the word of God increased, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem multiplied greatly, and [a] great crowd of priests were obeying in faith. 8 Now Stephen full of grace and power was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 So there arose certain men from the synagogue being called [the synagogue] of the Liberines and Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, arguing with Stephen, 10 and they were not able to resist the wisdom of the spirit with1 which he spoke. 11 Then they [secretly] instigated men saying that: We have heard him speaking slanderous words against Moses and God, 12 and they set in motion the people and the elders and the scribes, and having arrived they seized him and brought [him] to the council, 13 and the false witnesses stood saying: This man does not cease speaking words against this holy place and [against our] law. 14 For we have heard him saying that this Jesus the Nazarene will demolish this place and will change the customs which Moses delivered to us. 15 And all those sitting in the council, having looked intently to him, saw his face as [the] face of [an] angel.

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