1 Now in those days, a when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the b Hellenists, 1 because their widows were neglected c in the daily distribution. 2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, d "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 "Therefore, brethren, e seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this f business; 4 "but we g will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word." 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, h a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and i Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and j Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, 6 whom they set before the apostles; and k when they had prayed, l they laid hands on them.
7 Then m the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many n of the priests were obedient to the faith.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.