Click to Change

Return to Top

Return to Top

Printer Icon


Copy Options
Format by: Verse Paragraph
Red Letter
Audio Bibles
The Blue Letter Bible

Acts 6 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

toggle collapse
Choose a new font size and typeface
Audio Bibles

Seven Chosen to Serve

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:1 - Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists[fn] arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:2 - And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:3 - Therefore, brothers,[fn] pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:4 - But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:5 - And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they 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 proselyte of Antioch.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:6 - These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:7 - And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

Stephen Is Seized

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:8 - And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:9 - Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:10 - But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:11 - Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:12 - And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:13 - and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:14 - for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 6:15 - And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
ESV Footnotes
That is, Greek-speaking Jews
Or brothers and sisters

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

See detailed copyright information.

For more information on this translation, see the ESV Preface.

BLB Searches
Search the Bible

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan