The Acts of the Apostles. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
[ 1] N OW in these days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a murmuring of the Grecian 1 Jews against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
[ 2] And the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not fit 2 that we should forsake the word of God, and serve 3 tables.
[ 3] Look 4 ye out therefore , brethren, from among you seven men of good report, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
[ 4] But we will continue stedfastly in prayer, and in the ministry of the word.
[ 5] And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaüs a proselyte of Antioch;
[ 6] whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands upon them.
[ 7] And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
[ 8] And Stephen, full of grace and power, wrought great wonders and signs among the people.
[ 9] But there arose certain of them that were of the synagogue called the synagogue of the Libertines, 5 and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen.
[ 10] And they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spake.
[ 11] Then they suborned men, who said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
[ 12] And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and seized him, and brought him into the council,
[ 13] and set up false witnesses, who said, This man ceaseth not to speak words against this holy place, and the law:
[ 14] for we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered unto us.
[ 15] And all that sat in the council, fastening their eyes on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.