1 AND in those days the disciples being multiplied, there was a complaint of the Hellenists against the Hebrews, that their widows were neglected in the daily service. 2 And the twelve calling the multitude of the disciples, said, It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God to serve tables. 3 Look out therefore, brothers, from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Holy Spirit, and of wisdom, whom we may set over this business; 4 but we will attend continually to prayer, and the ministry of the word. 5 And the proposition pleased all the multitude, and they elected Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip and Prochorus, and Nicanor and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus a proselyte of Antioch, 6 and set them before the Apostles; and they having prayed imposed hands on them.
7 And the word of God increased, and the number of the disciples was greatly multiplied at Jerusalem, and a great multitude of the priests obeyed the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, performed prodigies and great miracles among the people. 9 But some members of the synagogue called that of the Libertines and Cyrenians and Alexandrians and of those from Cilicia and Asia, arose and disputed with Stephen, 10 and were not able to resist the wisdom and spirit with which he spoke.
11 Then they bribed men who said, We heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God. 12 And they stirred up both the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and coming suddenly they seized him and led him to the Sanhedrim, 13 and brought forward false witnesses who said, This man speaks incessantly against this holy place, and the law; 14 for we have heard him say, that Jesus this Nazoraean will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses gave us. 15 And all who sat in the Sanhedrin looking steadily at him saw his face like the face of an angel.