1 Now in these days, the disciples multiplying, there arose a murmuring of the Hellenists against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve calling the multitude of the disciples together, said, It is not right, that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, look out from among you seven men of good report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we will set over this business. 4 But we will constantly attend to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 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 having prayed, they laid their hands upon them.
7 And the word of God grew, and the number of disciples was 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. 9 But there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called that of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spake.
11 Then they suborned men who said, We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and against God. 12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and coming upon him, dragged him away, and brought him to the council, 13 And 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 Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place, and change the rites which Moses delivered us. 15 And all that were sitting in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face, as the face of an angel.