The Apostles, desirous to have the poor regarded for their bodily sustenance, as also careful themselves to dispense the Word of God, the food of the soul:
Acts 6:1 And in those dayes, when the number of ye disciples grewe, there arose a grudge among the Grekes agaynst ye Hebrues, because their wydowes were despysed in the dayly ministerie. Acts 6:2 Then the twelue called the multitude of the disciples together, and sayde: It is not good that we shoulde leaue the worde of God, and serue tables.
appoint the office of deaconship to seven chosen men.
Acts 6:3 Wherfore brethren, loke ye out among you seuen men of honest report, & full of the holy ghost, and wysedome, to who we may commit this busynesse. Acts 6:4 But we wyll geue our selues continually to prayer, and to the ministerie of the worde.
Of whom Stephen, a man full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost, is one.
Acts 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Steuen, a man full of fayth, and of the holy ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, & Timon, and Permenas, and Nicolas a conuert of Antioche. Acts 6:6 These they set before the apostles: and whe they had prayed, they layde their handes on them. Acts 6:7 And the worde of God encreased, & the number of ye disciples multiplied in Hierusalem greatly, and a great companie of the priestes were obedient to ye fayth. Acts 6:8 And Steuen full of fayth & power, dyd great wonders & miracles among the people.
Acts 6:9 Then there arose certaine of the synagogue, which is called [the synagogue] of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and of Alexandria, and of Cilicia, & of Asia, disputyng with Steuen. Acts 6:10 And they coulde not resiste the wisedome and the spirite by the whiche he spake. Acts 6:11 Then they priuilie prepared men, whiche sayde, we haue heard him speake blasphemous wordes agaynst Moyses, and agaynst God.
Who is taken of those, whom he confounded in disputing,
Acts 6:12 And they moued the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came vppon hym, and caught him, and brought him to the counsell.
and after falsely accused of blasphemy against the Law and the Temple.
Acts 6:13 And brought foorth false witnesses, which sayde: This man ceasseth not to speake blasphemous wordes agaynste this holy place and the lawe. Acts 6:14 For we hearde hym say, that this Iesus of Nazareth shal destroy this place, & shall chaunge the ordinaunces which Moyses gaue vs: Acts 6:15 And all that sate in the counsell, loking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had ben the face of an angell.