Acts 6:7–15

So the word of God spread.s The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly,t and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

Stephen Seized

Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signsu among the people. Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrenev and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Ciliciaw and Asiax—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.y

11 Then they secretlyz persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”a

12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin.b 13 They produced false witnesses,c who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy placed and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this placee and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”f

15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedring looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

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