Acts 6:1-7

Seven Chosen to Serve

1 Now in these days 1when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists[a] arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in 2the daily distribution.
2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.
3 3Therefore, brothers,[b] pick out from among you seven men 4of good repute, 5full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.
4 But 6we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, 7a man full of faith and 8of the Holy Spirit, and 9Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, 10a proselyte of Antioch.
6 These they set before the apostles, and 11they prayed and 12laid their hands on them.
7 And 13the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests 14became obedient to 15the faith.

Acts 6:1-7 In-Context

1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.
2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.
3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.
4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch.
6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.
7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people.
9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen.
10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.
11 Then they secretly instigated men who said, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God."

Cross References 15

  • 1. Acts 2:41, 47; Acts 4:4; Acts 5:14; [ver. 7]
  • 2. [Acts 4:35]
  • 3. [Deuteronomy 1:13]
  • 4. [1 Timothy 3:7]
  • 5. ver. 5; Acts 7:55; Acts 11:24; [Luke 1:15; Luke 4:1]
  • 6. See Acts 1:14
  • 7. Acts 11:24
  • 8. ver. 3
  • 9. Acts 8:5; Acts 21:8
  • 10. Acts 2:11; Acts 13:43; Matthew 23:15
  • 11. Acts 1:24; Acts 13:3
  • 12. 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Timothy 5:22; 2 Timothy 1:6; [Acts 8:17; Acts 9:17; Acts 19:6; Hebrews 6:2]
  • 13. Acts 12:24; Acts 19:20; [Colossians 1:5, 6]
  • 14. See Romans 1:5
  • 15. Acts 13:8; Acts 14:22; Acts 16:5

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. That is, Greek-speaking Jews
  • [b]. Or brothers and sisters