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 In those dayes (whan the nomber of the discyples grewe) there arose a grudge amonge the Grekes against the Hebrues, because their weddowes were despysed in the dayly ministracyon. Acts 6:2 Then the twelue called the multitude of the disciples together and sayde, it is not mete, that we shuld 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 amonge you seuen men of honeste report, and full of the holy ghost and wisdom, to whom we maye committe this busynes. Acts 6:4 But we wyll geue oure selues continually to prayer, and to the ministracyon of the worde.
Of whom Stephen, a man full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost, is one.
Acts 6:5 And the sayinge pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Steuen a man full of faith and of the holy ghost, and Philip, and Procorus, and Nichanor, and Timon, and Permenas, and Nicolas a conuert of Antioche. Acts 6:6 These they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they layde theyr handes on them. Acts 6:7 And the word of God encreased, and the nomber of the disciples multiplyed in Ierusalem greatly, and a greate companye of the prestes were obedient to the fayth. Acts 6:8 And Steuen, full of fayth and power, dyd great wondres and miracles amonge the people.
Acts 6:9 Then ther arose certen of the Synagoges, which is called the Synagoge of the Libertynes and Sirenytes, and of Alexandria, and of Celicia, and of Asia, disputynge with Steuen. Acts 6:10 And they coulde not resyste the wisdome, & the sprete, which spake. Acts 6:11 Then sent they in men, which sayde: we haue hearde hym speake blasphemous wordes against Moses, 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 vpon him and caught hym,
and after falsely accused of blasphemy against the Law and the Temple.
Acts 6:13 and brought him to the councell, and brought forth false witnesse, which sayde: Thys man ceaseth not to speake blasphemous wordes against this holy place and the lawe: Acts 6:14 for we heard him saye: this Iesus of Nazareth shal destroye this place, and shal chaunge the ordinaunces, which Moses gaue vs. Acts 6:15 And all that sate in the counsell, loked stedfastly on him, and sawe his face as it had bene the face of an aungell.