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The whole group liked the idea. So they chose these seven men: Stephen (a man with great faith and full of the Holy Spirit), Philip,[a] Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas (a man from Antioch who had become a Jew). Then they put these men before the apostles. The apostles prayed and laid their hands on[b] the men.

The word of God was reaching more and more people. The group of followers in Jerusalem became larger and larger. A great number of the Jewish priests believed and obeyed.

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Footnotes

  1. 6:5 Philip Not the apostle named Philip.
  2. 6:6 laid their hands on Here, doing this showed that these men were given a special work of God.

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