Acts 6:6

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whom they set before the Apostles: and when they had praied, they layd their hands on them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands upon them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

These they took to the Apostles, who, after prayer, put their hands on them.
- Basic English Bible

whom they set before the apostles; and, having prayed, they laid their hands on them.
- Darby Bible

Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
- Webster's Bible

These men they brought to the Apostles, and, after prayer, they laid their hands upon them.
- Weymouth Bible

whom they set before the apostles. When they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
- World English Bible

Thei ordeyneden these bifor the siyt of apostlis, and thei preyeden, and leiden hoondis on hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

whom they did set before the apostles, and they, having prayed, laid on them [their] hands.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Acts 6:6


Ac 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles. There has been some discussion whether these seven were deacons, and whether this is the origin of the deacon's office in the church. They are never called deacons, but the Greek word "diakoneo", rendered "to serve" (Ac 6:2), is the verb form of which the Greek word "diakonos", "deacon", is the noun. The usual view is that they were deacons. And when they had prayed, they laid [their] hands on them. The scriptural method of inducting into office. The prayer and imposition of hands was an appeal to God to give the necessary gifts rather than their impartation. See Nu 27:23 Ge 48:13.

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