Choosing of the Seven

Now [a]at this time while the (A)disciples were (B)increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the [b](C)Hellenistic Jews against the native (D)Hebrews, because their (E)widows were being overlooked in (F)the daily serving of food. So the twelve summoned the [c]congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. Therefore, (G)brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, (H)full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. But we will (I)devote ourselves to prayer and to the [d]ministry of the word.”

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  1. Acts 6:1 Lit in these days
  2. Acts 6:1 Jews who adopted the Gr language and much of Gr culture through acculturation
  3. Acts 6:2 Lit multitude
  4. Acts 6:4 Or service

(A)Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not [a]double-tongued, [b](B)or addicted to much wine [c](C)or fond of sordid gain, (D)but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 (E)These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. 11 [d]Women must likewise be dignified, (F)not malicious gossips, but (G)temperate, faithful in all things. 12 (H)Deacons must be (I)husbands of only one wife, and [e](J)good managers of their children and their own households. 13 For those who have served well as deacons (K)obtain for themselves a [f]high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

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  1. 1 Timothy 3:8 Or given to double-talk
  2. 1 Timothy 3:8 Lit not
  3. 1 Timothy 3:8 Lit not
  4. 1 Timothy 3:11 I.e. either deacons’ wives or deaconesses
  5. 1 Timothy 3:12 Lit managing well
  6. 1 Timothy 3:13 Lit good