Acts 6:5-15 NIV

5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen,1 a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit;2 also Philip,3 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 prayed4 and laid their hands on them.5

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7 So the word of God spread.6 The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly,7 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 signs8 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 Cyrene9 and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia10 and Asia.11 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.12

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11 Then they secretly13 persuaded some men to say, "We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God."14

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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.15

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13 They produced false witnesses,16 who testified, "This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place17 and against the law.

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14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place18 and change the customs Moses handed down to us."19

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15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin20 looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

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