1Nowaat thistime while the 1disciples were 2increasing in number, a complaintarose on the part of the b3Hellenistic Jews against the native 4Hebrews, because their 5widows were being overlooked in 6the dailyserving of food.
2So the twelvesummoned the ccongregation of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to servetables.
3"Therefore, 7brethren, select from among you sevenmen of goodreputation, 8full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of thistask.
"But we will 9devoteourselves to prayer and to the dministry of the word."
The statementfoundapproval with the wholeecongregation; and they chose10Stephen, a man11full of faith and of the HolySpirit, and 12Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and fNicolas, a g13proselyte from 14Antioch.
And these they broughtbefore the apostles; and after 15praying, they 16laid their hands on them.
717The word of God kept on spreading; and 18the number of the disciples continued to increasegreatly in Jerusalem, and a greatmany of the priests were becomingobedient to 19the faith.