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Acts 6:1-7 (New American Standard)

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Choosing of the Seven

1 Now aat this time while the 1disciples were 2increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the b3Hellenistic Jews against the native 4Hebrews, because their 5widows were being overlooked in 6the daily serving of food. 2 So the twelve summoned the ccongregation of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. 3 "Therefore, 7brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, 8full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. 4 "But we will 9devote ourselves to prayer and to the dministry of the word." 5 The statement found approval with the whole econgregation; and they chose 10Stephen, a man 11full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and 12Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and fNicolas, a g13proselyte from 14Antioch. 6 And these they brought before the apostles; and after 15praying, they 16laid their hands on them. 7 17The word of God kept on spreading; and 18the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to 19the faith.
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