NASB — Acts 6 — KJV

Choosing of the Seven

1 Now Iat this time while the adisciples were bincreasing [in number], a complaint arose on the part of the IIcHellenistic [Jews] against the [native] dHebrews, because their ewidows were being overlooked in fthe daily serving [of food]. 2 So the twelve summoned the Icongregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. 3 Therefore, abrethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, bfull of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. 4 But we will adevote ourselves to prayer and to the Iministry of the word.” 5 The statement found approval with the whole Icongregation; and they chose aStephen, a man bfull of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and cPhilip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and IINicolas, a IIIdproselyte from eAntioch. 6 And these they brought before the apostles; and after apraying, they blaid their hands on them.

[1] ILit in these days IIJews who adopted the Gr language and much of Gr culture through acculturation aAc 11:26 bAc 2:47; 6:7 cAc 9:29; 11:20 d2Co 11:22; Php 3:5 eAc 9:39, 41; 1Ti 5:3 fAc 4:35; 11:29
[2] ILit multitude
[3] aJn 21:23; Ac 1:15 bAc 2:4
[4] IOr service aAc 1:14
[5] ILit multitude IIGr Nikolaos IIII.e. a Gentile convert to Judaism aAc 6:8ff; 11:19; 22:20 bAc 6:3; 11:24 cAc 8:5ff; 21:8 dMt 23:15 eAc 11:19
[6] aAc 1:24 bNu 8:10; 27:18; Dt 34:9; Mk 5:23; Ac 8:17ff; 9:17; 13:3; 19:6; 1Ti 4:14; 2Ti 1:6; He 6:2

7aThe word of God kept on spreading; and bthe number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to cthe faith.

[7] aAc 12:24; 19:20 bAc 6:1 cAc 13:8; 14:22; Ga 1:23; 6:10; Jde 3, 20

8 ¶ And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great awonders and Isigns among the people. 9 But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, [including] both aCyrenians and bAlexandrians, and some from cCilicia and IdAsia, rose up and argued with Stephen. 10 But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 11 Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and [against] God.” 12 And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they acame up to him and dragged him away and brought him Ibefore bthe IICouncil. 13 They put forward afalse witnesses who said, “This man incessantly speaks against this bholy place and the Law; 14 for we have heard him say that athis Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter bthe customs which Moses handed down to us.” 15 And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the IaCouncil saw his face like the face of an angel.

[8] IOr attesting miracles aJn 4:48
[9] II.e. west coast province of Asia Minor aMt 27:32; Ac 2:10 bAc 18:24 cAc 15:23, 41; 21:39; 22:3; 23:34; 27:5; Ga 1:21 dAc 16:6; 19:10; 21:27; 24:18
[12] ILit into IIOr Sanhedrin aLk 20:1; Ac 4:1 bMt 5:22
[13] aMt 26:59-61; Ac 7:58 bMt 24:15; Ac 21:28; 25:8
[14] aMt 26:61 bAc 15:1; 21:21; 26:3; 28:17
[15] IOr Sanhedrin aMt 5:22


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The Apostles, desirous to have the poor regarded for their bodily sustenance, as also careful themselves to dispense the Word of God, the food of the soul:

1 ¶ And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples [unto them], and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

[1] Dt 24:19; 26:12; Jb 29:13; 31:16; Ps 72:16; 110:3; Is 1:17; 27:6; Jr 30:19; Ezk 22:7; Mal 3:5; Mt 23:14; Ac 2:41, 45, 47; 4:4, 35; 5:14, 28; 6:7; 9:29, 39, 41; 11:20; 1Co 10:10; 2Co 11:22; Php 3:5; 1Ti 5:4, 9; He 13:1; Jm 1:27; 4:5; 5:9.
[2] Ex 18:17; Nu 11:11; Dt 1:9; Ne 6:3; Ac 4:19; 21:22; 25:27; 2Ti 2:4.

appoint the office of deaconship to seven chosen men.

3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

[3] Gn 41:38; Nu 11:16, 17; 27:18; Dt 1:13; Jb 32:7; Is 11:2; 28:6, 26; Mt 23:8; Ac 1:21; 2:4; 6:6; 9:30; 10:22; 13:2; 15:23; 16:2; 22:12; 1Co 12:8; 16:3; 2Co 8:19; Ep 5:18; 1Ti 3:7, 8, 10; 5:10; Jm 1:17; 3:17; 1Jn 3:14; 3Jn 1:12.
[4] Ac 1:14; 2:42; 13:2; 20:19; Ro 1:9; 12:6; 1Co 9:16; Ep 1:15; 3:14; Php 1:4, 9; Col 1:9; 2:1; 4:12, 17; 1Ti 4:13; 2Ti 4:2.

Of whom Stephen, a man full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost, is one.

5 ¶ And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid [their] hands on them. 7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. 8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

[5] Gn 41:37; Pv 15:1, 23; 25:11; Mi 3:8; Ac 6:3, 8, 10; 7:1; 8:1, 5, 26; 11:24; 13:1; 15:22; 21:8; Rv 2:6, 15.
[6] Ac 1:24; 8:17; 9:17; 13:3; 1Ti 4:14; 5:22; 2Ti 1:6.
[7] 2Ch 29:34; 30:24; Ps 132:9, 16; Mt 19:30; Lk 2:34; Jn 12:42; Ac 12:24; 19:20; 21:20; Ro 1:5; 16:26; Col 1:6; 2Th 1:8; 2Ti 2:9; He 5:9; 11:8.
[8] Ac 2:17; 4:29; 6:3, 5, 10, 15; 7:55; 8:6; Ep 4:11; 1Ti 3:13.

9 ¶ Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called [the synagogue] of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. 11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and [against] God.

[9] Mt 10:17; 23:34; 27:32; Mk 13:9; Lk 21:12; Ac 2:9, 10; 11:20; 13:1, 45; 15:23, 41; 16:6; 17:17; 18:24; 19:10, 26; 21:27, 39; 22:3, 19; 23:34; 26:11; 27:5, 6; 1Co 1:20; Ga 1:21.
[10] Ex 4:12; Jb 32:8, 18; Is 54:17; Jr 1:18; 15:20; Ezk 3:27; Mi 3:8; Mt 10:19; Lk 1:17; 12:11; 21:15; Jn 7:46; Ac 5:39; 7:51; 1Co 2:4.
[11] Lv 24:16; 1K 21:10, 13; Mt 26:59; 28:12; Jn 1:17; 5:45; 9:29; 10:33; 16:3; Ac 6:13; 7:37; 15:21; 18:6; 21:20, 28; 23:12; 24:1; 25:3, 7; 26:11; Ro 3:8; 1Ti 1:13; He 3:2.

Who is taken of those, whom he confounded in disputing,

12 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,

[12] Pv 15:18; Mt 26:57; Ac 4:1; 5:18, 27; 13:50; 14:2; 16:19; 17:5, 13; 18:12; 21:27.

and after falsely accused of blasphemy against the Law and the Temple.

13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous 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 us. 15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

[13] Ps 27:12; 35:11; 56:5; Ac 6:11.
[14] Is 65:15; 66:1, 19; Jr 7:4; 26:6, 12, 18; Dn 9:26; Ho 3:4; Mi 3:12; Zc 11:1; 14:2; Mt 24:1; Mk 14:58; Lk 13:34; 21:6, 24; Jn 4:21; Ac 25:8; Ga 3:19, 23; 4:3; He 7:11; 8:6; 9:9; 10:1; 12:26.
[15] Ex 34:29; Ec 8:1; Mt 13:43; 17:2; 2Co 3:7, 18.


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