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 these days, the disciples multiplying, there came a murmuring of the Hellenists at the Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily ministration, Acts 6:2 and the twelve, having called near the multitude of the disciples, said, 'It is not pleasing that we, having left the word of God, do minister at tables;
appoint the office of deaconship to seven chosen men.
Acts 6:3 look out, therefore, brethren, seven men of you who are well testified of, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may set over this necessity, Acts 6:4 and we to prayer, and to the ministration of the word, will give ourselves continually.'
Of whom Stephen, a man full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost, is one.
Acts 6:5 And the thing was pleasing before all the multitude, and they did choose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch, Acts 6:6 whom they did set before the apostles, and they, having prayed, laid on them [their] hands. Acts 6:7 And the word of God did increase, and the number of the disciples did multiply in Jerusalem exceedingly; a great multitude also of the priests were obedient to the faith. Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people,
Acts 6:9 and there arose certain of those of the synagogue, called of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia, and Asia, disputing with Stephen, Acts 6:10 and they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit with which he was speaking; Acts 6:11 then they suborned men, saying'We have heard him speaking evil sayings in regard to Moses and God.'
Who is taken of those, whom he confounded in disputing,
Acts 6:12 They did stir up also the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and having come upon [him], they caught him, and brought [him] to the sanhedrim;
and after falsely accused of blasphemy against the Law and the Temple.
Acts 6:13 they set up also false witnesses, saying, 'This one doth not cease to speak evil sayings against this holy place and the law, Acts 6:14 for we have heard him saying, That this Jesus the Nazarean shall overthrow this place, and shall change the customs that Moses delivered to us;' Acts 6:15 and gazing at him, all those sitting in the sanhedrim saw his face as it were the face of a messenger.