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   The Acts of the Apostles.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[1]    NOW in these days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a murmuring of the Grecian 1 Jews against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
[2]  And the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not fit 2 that we should forsake the word of God, and serve 3 tables.
[3]  Look 4 ye out therefore , brethren, from among you seven men of good report, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
[4]  But we will continue stedfastly in prayer, and in the ministry of the word.
[5]  And the saying pleased the whole multitude: 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 Nicolaüs a proselyte of Antioch;
[6]  whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands upon them.
[7]    And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
[8]    And Stephen, full of grace and power, wrought great wonders and signs among the people.
[9]  But there arose certain of them that were of the synagogue called the synagogue of the Libertines, 5 and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen.
[10]  And they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spake.
[11]  Then they suborned men, who said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
[12]  And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and seized him, and brought him into the council,
[13]  and set up false witnesses, who said, This man ceaseth not to speak words against this holy place, and the law:
[14]  for we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered unto us.
[15]  And all that sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
Note 1. Gr. Hellenists. [back]
Note 2. Gr. pleasing. [back]
Note 3. Or, minister to tables. [back]
Note 4. Some ancient authorities read But, brethren, look ye out from among you. [back]
Note 5. Or, Freedmen. [back]


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