Acts 6

MLV(i) 1 Now in the days when the disciples were multiplying, there became a murmuring from the Grecian Jews aimed toward the Hebrews, because their widows were being left unattended in the daily service. 2 Now the twelve called the multitude of the disciples to them and said, It is not pleasing to God for us to have left the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore brethren, elect out of you seven men well testified of, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we might designate over this need. 4 But we will be persevering in prayer and in the service of the word. 5 And the speech pleased the whole multitude and they themselves chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenas and Nicolaus a Jewish-convert from Antioch; 6 whom they stood in the sight of the apostles and having prayed, they laid their hands upon them.
7 And the word of God was growing, and the number of the disciples were extremely multiplying in Jerusalem, and a large crowd of the priests were obedient to the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9 But there stood up some of those who were of the synagogue called the Synagogue of the Freedmen both those from Cyrene and from Alexandria, and those from Cilicia and Asia, debating together with Stephen. 10 And they were not strong-enough to stand against the wisdom and the Spirit by which he was speaking. 11 Then they instigated men, saying, We have heard him speak blasphemous declarations at Moses and God. 12 And they agitated the people and the elders and the scribes and standing against him, seized him and led him into the council.
13 And false witnesses stood up, who said, This man is not ceasing to speak blasphemous declarations against this holy place and the law; 14 for we have heard him saying, that this Jesus the Nazarene will be tearing-down this place and will be changing the customs which Moses gave to us. 15 And all who sat in the council, having stared toward him, saw his face was like the face of a messenger.