The ordaining of the seven deacons. The zeal of Stephen.
1 And *in those days, the number of the disciples increasing, there arose
a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, for that their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
2 Then the twelve calling together the multitude of the disciples, said:
It is not reasonable that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
3 Therefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of good reputation,
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.
5 And the saying pleased all the 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
6 These they set before the apostles; and they, praying, imposed hands
7 And the word of the Lord increased, and the number of the disciples was
multiplied very much in Jerusalem: a great multitude also of the priests obeyed the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and miracles
among the people.
9 But some of the synagogue, that is called of the Libertines, and of the
Cyreneans, and of the Alexandrians, and of them that were of Cilicia and Asia, rose up disputing with Stephen:
10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit which spoke.
11 Then they suborned men to say, that they had heard him speaking words
of blasphemy against Moses and against God.
12 They stirred up therefore the people, and the ancients, and the Scribes:
and running together they took him, and brought him to the council.
13 And they set up false witnesses, who said: This man ceaseth not to speak
words against the 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 traditions, which Moses delivered to us.
15 And all that sat in the council, looking intently upon him, saw his
face as the face of an Angel.
1: about the year A.D. 33.