1 Now in these days when the
disciples were increasing in
number, a complaint by the
Hellenists arose against the
Hebrews because their widows
were being neglected in the
2 And the twelve summoned the
full number of the disciples
and said, “It is not right that
we should give up preaching the
word of God to serve tables.
3 Therefore, brothers,pick out
from among you seven men of good
repute, full of the Spirit and
of wisdom, whom we will appoint
to this duty.
4 But we will devote ourselves
to prayer and to the ministry
of the word.”
5 And what they said pleased
the whole gathering, 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.
6 These they set before the apostles,
and they prayed and laid their
hands on them.
7 And the word of God continued to
increase, and the number of the
disciples multiplied greatly in
Jerusalem, and a great many of the
priests became obedient to the faith.