1 More and more people were becoming followers of Jesus. But during this same time, the Greek-speaking followers had an argument with the other Jewish followers. They said that their widows were not getting their share of the things that the followers received every day. 2 The twelve apostles called the whole group of followers together. The apostles said to them, “Our work of teaching God’s word has stopped. That’s not good! It is better for us to continue teaching God’s word than to help people have something to eat. 3 So, brothers and sisters, choose seven of your own men. They must be men that people say are good. They must be full of wisdom and full of the Spirit. We will give them this work to do. 4 Then we can use all our time to pray and to teach the word ˻of God˼.” 5 The whole group liked the idea. So they chose these seven men: Stephen (a man with great faith and full of the Holy Spirit), Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus (a man from Antioch, who had become a Jew). 6 Then they put these men before the apostles. The apostles prayed and put their hands on the men. 7 The word of God was reaching more and more people. The group of followers in Jerusalem became larger and larger. Even a big group of Jewish priests believed and obeyed. 8 Stephen ˻(one of the seven men)˼ received a great blessing. God gave Stephen power to do miracles and to show proofs from God to the people. 9 But some Jews came and argued with Stephen. These Jews were from a synagogue. It was called a synagogue for Libertines. (This synagogue was also for Jews from Cyrene, and for Jews from Alexandria.) Jews from Cilicia and Asia were with them. They all came and argued with Stephen. 10 But the Spirit was helping Stephen speak with wisdom. His words were so strong that the Jews could not argue with him. 11 So the Jews paid some men to say, “We heard Stephen say bad things against Moses and against God!” 12 By doing this, these Jews upset the people, the older Jewish leaders, and the teachers of the law. They became so angry that they came and grabbed Stephen. They took him to a meeting of the Jewish leaders. 13 The Jews brought some men into the meeting. They told these men to tell lies about Stephen. The men said, “This man ˻(Stephen)˼ always says bad things about this holy place ˻(the temple)˼. And he always says bad things against the law ˻of Moses˼. 14 We heard him say that Jesus from Nazareth will destroy this place. He also said that Jesus will change the things that Moses told us to do.” 15 All the people sitting in the meeting watched Stephen closely. His face looked like the face of an angel, and they saw it.