The Choosing of the Seven

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing,(A) the Hellenistic Jews[a](B) among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows(C) were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.(D) So the Twelve gathered all the disciples(E) together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God(F) in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters,(G) choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit(H) and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them(I) and will give our attention to prayer(J) and the ministry of the word.”

This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen,(K) a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit;(L) also Philip,(M) Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed(N) and laid their hands on them.(O)

So the word of God spread.(P) The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly,(Q) and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

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  1. Acts 6:1 That is, Jews who had adopted the Greek language and culture


那时,门徒增多,有说希腊话的犹太人向希伯来人发怨言,因为在天天的供给上忽略了他们的寡妇。 十二使徒叫众门徒来,对他们说:“我们撇下神的道去管理饭食,原是不合宜的。 所以弟兄们,当从你们中间选出七个有好名声、被圣灵充满、智慧充足的人,我们就派他们管理这事。 但我们要专心以祈祷、传道为事。” 大众都喜悦这话,就拣选了司提反,乃是大有信心、圣灵充满的人;又拣选腓利伯罗哥罗尼迦挪提门巴米拿,并进犹太教的安提阿尼哥拉 叫他们站在使徒面前,使徒祷告了,就按手在他们头上。


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