33 But when they heard this, they were cut [a]to the quick and intended to kill them.34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time.35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men.36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. [b]But he was killed, and all who [c]followed him were dispersed and came to nothing.37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who [d]followed him were scattered.38 So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or [e]action is of men, it will be overthrown;39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”
40 They [f]took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to [g]speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them.41 So they went on their way from the presence of the [h]Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.42 And every day, in the temple and [i]from house to house, they [j]kept right on teaching and [k]preaching Jesus as the [l]Christ.
Choosing of the Seven
6 Now [m]at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the [n]Hellenistic Jews against the nativeHebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.2 So the twelve summoned the [o]congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables.3 Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the [p]ministry of the word.”5 The statement found approval with the whole [q]congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and [r]Nicolas, a [s]proselyte from Antioch.6 And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.
7 The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.
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