Acts 6:3-13 NIV

3 Brothers,1 choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit2 and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them3

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4 and will give our attention to prayer4 and the ministry of the word."

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5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen,5 a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit;6 also Philip,7 Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.

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6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed8 and laid their hands on them.9

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7 So the word of God spread.10 The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly,11 and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

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Stephen Seized

8 Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs12 among the people.

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9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)--Jews of Cyrene13 and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia14 and Asia.15 These men began to argue with Stephen,

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10 but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.16

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11 Then they secretly17 persuaded some men to say, "We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God."18

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12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin.19

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13 They produced false witnesses,20 who testified, "This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place21 and against the law.

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