Thomson(i) 1 Now in those days, the number of the disciples being multiplied, there was a murmuring of the Hellenists against the Hebrews that their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2 Wherefore the twelve having called together the multitude of the disciples said, It is not proper that we should leave the word of God to attend tables: 3 look out therefore, brethren, from among yourselves seven men of good reputation, full of a holy spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint to this office. 4 And as for us, we will continue in the constant exercise of prayer, and in the ministration of the word. 5 And this speech pleased the whole multitude. So they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and a holy spirit, and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenias and Nicholas a proselyte of Antioch, 6 whom they set before the apostles, who having prayed, laid their hands on them. 7 So the word of God spread, and the number of disciples was greatly multiplied in Jerusalem, and a great multitude of the priests became obedient to the faith. 8 Now Stephen being full of faith and power performed miracles and great signs among the people, 9 and there arose some of the synagogue of the Libertini, as it was called, and of the Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and of those of Cilicia and Asia, who disputed with Stephen; 10 but not being able to withstand the wisdom and spirit with which he spoke, 11 they suborned men to say, We heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God. 12 And having stirred up the people and the elders and the Scribes, they came upon him and seized him, and brought him to the Sanhedrim, 13 and set up false witnesses, who said, This man is incessantly speaking blasphemous words against this holy place and the law; 14 for we heard him saying that Jesus the Nazarene will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us. 15 And all who sat in the Sanhedrim, looking stedfastly at him, beheld his countenance, like the countenance of an angel.