6:1 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, a complaint arose from the Grecian Jews against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily service.
6:2 The twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not appropriate for us to forsake the word of God and serve tables.
6:3 Therefore select from among you, brothers, seven men of good report, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
6:4 But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word."
6:5 These words pleased the whole multitude. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch;
6:6 whom they set before the apostles. When they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
6:7 The word of God increased and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly. A great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
6:8 Stephen, full of faith and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.
6:9 But some of those who were of the synagogue called "The Libertines," and of the Cyrenians, of the Alexandrians, and of those of Cilicia and Asia arose, disputing with Stephen.
6:10 They weren't able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.
6:11 Then they secretly induced men to say, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God."
6:12 They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, and came against him and seized him, and brought him in to the council,
6:13 and set up false witnesses who said, "This man never stops speaking blasphemous words against this holy place and the law.
6:14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place, and will change the customs which Moses delivered to us."
6:15 All who sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face like it was the face of an angel.