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1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

4 But we 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, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.

10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.

11 Then they suborned men, which 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 caught him, and brought him to the council,

13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous 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 us.

15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

 


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Matthew Henry's Acts Chapter 6 Bible commentary...



The appointment of deacons. (1-7) Stephen falsely accused of blasphemy. (8-15)1-7 Hitherto the disciples had been of one accord; this often had been noticed to their honour; but now they were multiplied, they began to murmur. The word of God was enough to take up all the thoughts, cares, and time of the apostles. The persons chosen to serve tables must be duly qualified. They must be filled with gifts and graces of the Holy Ghost, necessary to rightly managing this trust; men of truth, and hating covetousness. All who are employed in the service of the church, ought to be commended to the Divine grace by the prayers of the church. They blessed them in the name of the Lord. The word and grace of God are greatly magnified, when those are wrought upon by it, who were least likely.

8-15 When they could not answer Stephen's arguments as a disputant, they prosecuted him as a criminal, and brought false witnesses against him. And it is next to a miracle of providence, that no greater number of religious persons have been murdered in the world, by the way of perjury and pretence of law, when so many thousands hate them, who make no conscience of false oaths. Wisdom and holiness make a man's face to shine, yet will not secure men from being treated badly. What shall we say of man, a rational being, yet attempting to uphold a religious system by false witness and murder! And this has been done in numberless instances. But the blame rests not so much upon the understanding, as upon the heart of a fallen creature, which is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Yet the servant of the Lord, possessing a clear conscience, cheerful hope, and Divine consolations, may smile in the midst of danger and death.

 


Recent Comments for Acts Chapter 6...

 


P. Mobley's Acts Chapter 6 comment about verse 4 on 4/30/2014, 8:11pm...

I believe Acts 6 4 is the glue that help hold the body of Christ together and the work of the ministry. So one must be committed body, soul, and spirit, for without God we can do nothing. We are but an instrument to be use by GOD.

 


Lady Q's Acts Chapter 6 comment about verse 3 on 11/16/2013, 3:33pm...

The apostles believed in the church and in the fear of God. When they asked the church to pick seven men among themselves, they knew it will be done with reference unto God and the people elected managed to calm down the complaints which were in the cam. They applied the wisdom and obidince to God and that's why they were able to settle issues. It is all by the spirit of God.

 


Linda's Acts Chapter 6 comment on 5/29/2013, 11:44am...

I am so glad that Peter Stated That these men Should meet the qualifications of God otherwise the work could have been hindered by men who would have thought it right to take unholy advantage of these women.

 


David's Acts Chapter 6 comment about verse 15 on 4/02/2013, 4:55pm...

just look at the Acts you will notice that from the theday of Pentecost up to this point most of the events had supernaturallly done Peter and John healing the lame man The apostles taken out of the jail with the guards standing out side. The possiblity of Stephen shining is in keeping wiht what was happening in eaely church.

 


Stephen's Acts Chapter 6 comment on 10/08/2012, 3:39am...

Stephen's name itself means, ‘’The Crowned One’’, even unto death he trusted God, and it was an honour to him to die, in battle for Jesus. Jesus said you will know my sheep by the fruit they produce. I truly love you lord, thank you

 


Robert's Acts Chapter 6 comment about verse 10 on 7/23/2012, 9:22pm...

I love it,He was close to God's heart and Christ was by his side, what better faith can one man be to speak the very truth unto death. At work think of this and partake in his widom as it is given freely from whom ever seeks it. There is but one true God even unto death, and there will never be another.The glory of God was given again unto the world but yet it can not except it, how great it most be to truly be a servent unto death and ask GOD for there sins of what yhey did unto him I try to imagin this love and strive to be like this man in his walk with GOD through CHRIST JESUS the true son of GOD.

 


Geneva Harvey's Acts Chapter 6 comment on 4/23/2012, 7:20am...

I think they chose the leaders like we should choose our leaders in the church & country that are of good report.he ones that will stick to what is honest &good right with the Lord...I am 85

 


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