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, as the nomber of ye disciples grewe, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians towards ye Hebrewes, because their widowes were neglected in the dayly ministring. Acts 6:2 Then the twelue called the multitude of the disciples together, and sayd, It is not meete that we should leaue the worde of God to serue the tables.
appoint the office of deaconship to seven chosen men.
Acts 6:3 Wherefore brethren, looke ye out among you seuen men of honest report, and full of the holy Ghost, and of wisedome, which we may appoint to this busines. Acts 6:4 And we will giue our selues continually to prayer, and to the ministration 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 Philippe, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a Proselyte of Antiochia, Acts 6:6 Which they set before the Apostles: and they prayed, and layed their hands on them. Acts 6:7 And the worde of God increased, and the nomber of the disciples was multipled in Hierusalem greatly, and a great company of the Priests were obedient to the faith. Acts 6:8 Now Steuen full of faith & power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
Acts 6:9 Then there arose certaine of the Synagogue, which are called Libertines, and Cyrenians, and of Alexandria, & of them of Cilicia, and of Asia, and disputed with Steuen. Acts 6:10 But they were not able to resist the wisdome, and the Spirit by the which he spake. Acts 6:11 Then they suborned men, which saide, We haue heard him speake blasphemous wordes against Moses, and God.
Who is taken of those, whom he confounded in disputing,
Acts 6:12 Thus they mooued the people & the Elders, and the Scribes: and running vpon him, caught him, and brought him to the Councill,
and after falsely accused of blasphemy against the Law and the Temple.
Acts 6:13 And set forth false witnesses, which sayd, This man ceasseth not to speake blasphemous wordes against this holy place, and the Law. Acts 6:14 For we haue heard him say, that this Iesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the ordinances, which Moses gaue vs. Acts 6:15 And as all that sate in the Councill, looked stedfastly on him, they saw his face as it had bene the face of an Angel.