The Apostles choose seven to assist them—Stephen is tried before the council.
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 awidows were bneglected in the daily cministration.
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.
3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of ahonest breport, full of the Holy Ghost and cwisdom, whom we may appoint over this dbusiness.
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the aministry of the word.
5 ¶ And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they achose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the bHoly Ghost, and cPhilip, 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 alaid their bhands 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 apriests were obedient to the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of faith and apower, did great wonders and bmiracles among the people.
9 ¶ Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the aLibertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, bdisputing with Stephen.
10 And they were not able to resist the awisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak ablasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
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,
13 And set up afalse 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 acustoms which Moses delivered us.
15 And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the aface of an bangel.