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Acts 6 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was increasing, protests were made by the Greek Jews against the Hebrews, because their widows were not taken care of in the distribution of food every day. 1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.
2 And the Apostles sent for all the disciples and said, It is not right for us to give up preaching the word of God in order to make distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.
3 Take then from among you seven men of good name, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, to whom we may give control of this business. 3 Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them
4 Then we will give all our time to prayer and the teaching of the word. 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word."
5 And this saying was pleasing to all of them: and they made selection of Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenas and Nicolas of Antioch, who had become a Jew: 5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
6 These they took to the Apostles, who, after prayer, put their hands on them. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
7 And the word of God was increasing in power; and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem became very great, and a great number of priests were in agreement with the faith. 7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 8 Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.
9 But some of those who were of the Synagogue named that of the Libertines, and some of the men of Cyrene and of Alexandria and those from Cilicia and Asia, had arguments with Stephen. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)--Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with Stephen,
10 But they were not able to get the better of him, for his words were full of wisdom and of the Spirit. 10 but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.
11 Then they got men to say, He has said evil against Moses and against God, in our hearing. 11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, "We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God."
12 And the people, with the rulers and the scribes, were moved against him, and they came and took him before the Sanhedrin, 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.
13 And they got false witnesses who said, This man is for ever saying things against this holy place and against the law: 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, "This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law.
14 For he has said in our hearing that this Jesus of Nazareth will put this place to destruction and make changes in the rules which were handed down to us by Moses. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us."
15 And all those who were in the Sanhedrin, looking at him, saw that his face was like the face of an angel. 15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.