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1 During this time, as the disciples were increasing in numbers by leaps and bounds, hard feelings developed among the Greek-speaking believers - "Hellenists" - toward the Hebrew-speaking believers because their widows were being discriminated against in the daily food lines. 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 So the Twelve called a meeting of the disciples. They said, "It wouldn't be right for us to abandon our responsibilities for preaching and teaching the Word of God to help with the care of the poor. 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 So, friends, choose seven men from among you whom everyone trusts, men full of the Holy Spirit and good sense, and we'll assign them this task. 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 Meanwhile, we'll stick to our assigned tasks of prayer and speaking God's Word." 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word."
5 The congregation thought this was a great idea. They went ahead and chose - Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, Nicolas, a convert from Antioch. 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 Then they presented them to the apostles. Praying, the apostles laid on hands and commissioned them for their task. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
7 The Word of God prospered. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased dramatically. Not least, a great many priests submitted themselves to 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 Stephen, brimming with God's grace and energy, was doing wonderful things among the people, unmistakable signs that God was among them. 8 Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.
9 But then some men from the meeting place whose membership was made up of freed slaves, Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and some others from Cilicia and Asia, went up against him trying to argue him down. 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 no match for his wisdom and spirit when he spoke. 10 but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.
11 So in secret they bribed men to lie: "We heard him cursing Moses and God." 11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, "We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God."
12 That stirred up the people, the religious leaders, and religion scholars. They grabbed Stephen and took him before the High Council 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 They put forward their bribed witnesses to testify: "This man talks nonstop against this Holy Place and God's Law. 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, "This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law.
14 We even heard him say that Jesus of Nazareth would tear this place down and throw out all the customs Moses gave us." 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 As all those who sat on the High Council looked at Stephen, they found they couldn't take their eyes off him - 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.