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 as the nombre of the disciples grewe ther arose a grudge amonge the Grekes agaynst the Ebrues be cause their wyddowes were despysed in the dayly mynystracion. Acts 6:2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples to gether and sayde: it is not mete that we shuld leave the worde of God and serve at the tables.
appoint the office of deaconship to seven chosen men.
Acts 6:3 Wherfore brethren loke ye out amoge you seven men of honest reporte and full of the holy goost and wysdome which we maye apoynte to this nedfull busynes. Acts 6:4 But we will geve oure selves cotinually to prayer and to the ministracion of ye worde.
Of whom Stephen, a man full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost, is one.
Acts 6:5 And the sayinge pleased the whoale multitude. And they chose Steven a man full of fayth and of the holy goost and Philip and Prochorus and Nichanor and Timon and Permenas and Nicholas a converte of Antioche. Acts 6:6 Which they set before the Apostles and they prayed and layde their hondes on them. Acts 6:7 And the worde of God encreased and the noubre of the disciples multiplied in Ierusalem greatly and a great company of the prestes were obedient to the faythe. Acts 6:8 And Steven full of faythe and power dyd great wondres and myracles amoge ye people.
Acts 6:9 Then ther arose certayne of the synagoge which are called Lybertines and Syrenites and of Alexandria and of Cilicia and Asia and disputed with Steven. Acts 6:10 And they coulde not resist the wysdome and the sprete with which he spake. Acts 6:11 Then sent they in men which sayd: we have hearde him speake blasphemous wordes agaynst Moses and agaynst God.
Who is taken of those, whom he confounded in disputing,
Acts 6:12 And they moved ye people and the elders and the scribes: and came apon him 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 forth falce witnesses which sayde. This ma ceasith not to speake blasphemous wordes agaynst this holy place and the lawe: Acts 6:14 for we hearde him saye: this Iesus of Nazareth shall destroye this place and shall chaunge the ordinaunces which Moses gave vs. Acts 6:15 And all that sate in ye counsell loked stedfastly on him and sawe his face as it had bene the face of an angell.