Acts 6:1-7 NAS

Choosing of the Seven

1 Now at this time while the 1disciples were 2increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the 3Hellenistic Jews against the native 4Hebrews, because their 5widows were being overlooked in 6the daily serving of food.

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    • a 6:1 - Lit "in these days"
    • b 6:1 - Jews who adopted the Gr language and much of Gr culture through acculturation
      2 So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables.

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        • c 6:2 - Lit "multitude"
          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.

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          4 "But we will 9devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."

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            • d 6:4 - Or "service"
              5 The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose 10Stephen, a man 11full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and 12Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a 13proselyte from 14Antioch.

              References for Acts 6:5

                • e 6:5 - Lit "multitude"
                • f 6:5 - Gr "Nikolaos"
                • g 6:5 - I.e. a Gentile convert to Judaism
                  6 And these they brought before the apostles; and after 15praying, they 16laid their hands on them.

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                  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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