6:1But in those days, the disciples multiplying in number, there arose a murmuring of the Hellenists against the Hebrews because their widows were overlooked in the daily ministration.
6:2And the twelve, having called the multitude of the disciples to them, said, It is not right that we, leaving the word of God, should serve tables.
6:3Look out therefore, brethren, from among yourselves seven men, well reported of, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we will establish over this business:
6:4but *we* will give ourselves up to prayer and the ministry of the word.
6:5And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte of Antioch,
6:6whom they set before the apostles; and, having prayed, they laid their hands on them.
6:7And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem was very greatly multiplied, and a great crowd of the priests obeyed the faith.
6:8And Stephen, full of grace and power, wrought wonders and great signs among the people.
6:9And there arose up certain of those of the synagogue called of freedmen, and of Cyrenians, and of Alexandrians, and of those of Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen.
6:10And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.
6:11Then they suborned men, saying, We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.
6:12And they roused the people, and the elders, and the scribes. And coming upon him they seized him and brought him to the council.
6:13And they set false witnesses, saying, This man does not cease speaking words against the holy place and the law;
6:14for we have heard him saying, This Jesus the Nazaraean shall destroy this place, and change the customs which Moses taught us.
6:15And all who sat in the council, looking fixedly on him, saw his face as the face of an angel.
7:1And the high priest said, Are these things then so?
7:2And he said, Brethren and fathers, hearken. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,
7:3and said to him, Go out of thy land and out of thy kindred, and come into the land which I will shew thee.
7:4Then going out of the land of the Chaldeans he dwelt in Charran, and thence, after his father died, he removed him into this land in which *ye* now dwell.
7:5And he did not give him an inheritance in it, not even what his foot could stand on; and promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when he had no child.
7:7and the nation to which they shall be in bondage will *I* judge, said God; and after these things they shall come forth and serve me in this place.
7:8And he gave to him the covenant of circumcision; and thus he begat Isaac and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac Jacob, and Jacob the twelve patriarchs.
7:9And the patriarchs, envying Joseph, sold him away into Egypt. And God was with him,
7:10and delivered him out of all his tribulations, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he appointed him chief over Egypt and all his house.
7:11But a famine came upon all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and great distress, and our fathers found no food.
7:12But Jacob, having heard of there being corn in Egypt, sent out our fathers first;
7:13and the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren, and the family of Joseph became known to Pharaoh.
7:14And Joseph sent and called down to him his father Jacob and all his kindred, seventy-five souls.
7:15And Jacob went down into Egypt and died, he and our fathers,
7:16and were carried over to Sychem and placed in the sepulchre which Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.
7:17But as the time of promise drew near which God had promised to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt,
7:18until another king over Egypt arose who did not know Joseph.
7:19*He* dealt subtilly with our race, and evil entreated the fathers, casting out their infants that they might not live.
7:20In which time Moses was born, and was exceedingly lovely, who was nourished three months in the house of his father.
7:21And when he was cast out, the daughter of Pharaoh took him up, and brought him up for herself to be for a son.
7:22And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.
7:23And when a period of forty years was fulfilled to him, it came into his heart to look upon his brethren, the sons of Israel;
7:24and seeing a certain one wronged, he defended him, and avenged him that was being oppressed, smiting the Egyptian.
7:25For he thought that his brethren would understand that God by his hand was giving them deliverance. But they understood not.
7:26And on the morrow he shewed himself to them as they were contending, and compelled them to peace, saying, *Ye* are brethren, why do ye wrong one another?
7:27But he that was wronging his neighbour thrust him away, saying, Who established thee ruler and judge over us?
7:28Dost *thou* wish to kill me as thou killedst the Egyptian yesterday?
7:29And Moses fled at this saying, and became a sojourner in the land of Madiam, where he begat two sons.
7:30And when forty years were fulfilled, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai, in a flame of fire of a bush.
7:31And Moses seeing it wondered at the vision; and as he went up to consider it, there was a voice of the Lord,
7:32*I* am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob. And Moses trembled, and durst not consider it.
7:33And the Lord said to him, Loose the sandal of thy feet, for the place on which thou standest is holy ground.
7:34I have surely seen the ill treatment of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groan, and have come down to take them out of it; and now, come, I will send thee to Egypt.
7:35This Moses, whom they refused, saying, Who made thee ruler and judge? him did God send to be a ruler and deliverer with the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.
7:36*He* led them out, having wrought wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
7:37This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, A prophet shall God raise up to you out of your brethren like me him shall ye hear.
7:38This is he who was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers; who received living oracles to give to us;
7:39to whom our fathers would not be subject, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back to Egypt,
7:40saying to Aaron, Make us gods who shall go before us; for this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what has happened to him.
7:41And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
7:42But God turned and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, Have ye offered me victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
7:43Yea, ye took up the tent of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, the forms which ye made to do homage to them; and I will transport you beyond Babylon.
7:44Our fathers had the tent of the testimony in the wilderness, as he that spoke to Moses commanded to make it according to the model which he had seen;
7:45which also our fathers, receiving from their predecessors, brought in with Joshua when they entered into possession of the lands of the nations, whom God drove out from the face of our fathers, until the days of David;
7:46who found favour before God, and asked to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob;
7:47but Solomon built him a house.
7:49The heaven is my throne and the earth the footstool of my feet: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord, or where is the place of my rest?
7:50has not my hand made all these things?
7:51O stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, *ye* do always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers, *ye* also.
7:52Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain those who announced beforehand concerning the coming of the Just One, of whom *ye* have now become deliverers up and murderers!
7:54And hearing these things they were cut to the heart, and gnashed their teeth against him.
7:55But being full of the Holy Spirit, having fixed his eyes on heaven, he saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
7:56and said, Lo, I behold the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.
7:57And they cried out with a loud voice, and held their ears, and rushed upon him with one accord;
7:58and having cast him out of the city, they stoned him. And the witnesses laid aside their clothes at the feet of a young man called Saul.
7:59And they stoned Stephen, praying, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
7:60And kneeling down, he cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And having said this, he fell asleep.
8:1And Saul was consenting to his being killed. And on that day there arose a great persecution against the assembly which was in Jerusalem, and all were scattered into the countries of Judaea and Samaria except the apostles.
8:2And pious men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.
8:3But Saul ravaged the assembly, entering into the houses one after another, and dragging off both men and women delivered them up to prison.
8:4Those then that had been scattered went through the countries announcing the glad tidings of the word.
8:5And Philip, going down to a city of Samaria, preached the Christ to them;
8:6and the crowds with one accord gave heed to the things spoken by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs which he wrought.
8:7For from many who had unclean spirits they went out, crying with a loud voice; and many that were paralysed and lame were healed.
8:8And there was great joy in that city.
8:9But a certain man, by name Simon, had been before in the city, using magic arts, and astonishing the nation of Samaria, saying that himself was some great one.
8:10To whom they had all given heed, from small to great, saying, This is the power of God which is called great.
8:11And they gave heed to him, because that for a long time he had astonished them by his magic arts.
8:12But when they believed Philip announcing the glad tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women.
8:13And Simon also himself believed; and, having been baptised, continued constantly with Philip; and, beholding the signs and great works of power which took place, was astonished.
8:14And the apostles who were in Jerusalem, having heard that Samaria had received the word of God, sent to them Peter and John;
8:15who, having come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit;
8:16for he was not yet fallen upon any of them, only they were baptised to the name of the Lord Jesus.
8:17Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
8:18But Simon, having seen that by the laying on of the hands of the apostles the Holy Spirit was given, offered them money,
8:19saying, Give to me also this power, in order that on whomsoever I may lay hands he may receive the Holy Spirit.
8:20And Peter said to him, Thy money go with thee to destruction, because thou hast thought that the gift of God can be obtained by money.
8:21Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter, for thy heart is not upright before God.
8:22Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and supplicate the Lord, if indeed the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee;
8:23for I see thee to be in the gall of bitterness, and bond of unrighteousness.
8:24And Simon answering said, Supplicate *ye* for me to the Lord, so that nothing may come upon me of the things of which ye have spoken.
8:25They therefore, having testified and spoken the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and announced the glad tidings to many villages of the Samaritans.
8:26But the angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Rise up and go southward on the way which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza: the same is desert.
8:27And he rose up and went. And lo, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a man in power under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to worship at Jerusalem,
8:28was returning and sitting in his chariot: and he was reading the prophet Esaias.
8:29And the Spirit said to Philip, Approach and join this chariot.
8:30And Philip, running up, heard him reading the prophet Esaias, and said, Dost thou then know what thou art reading of?
8:31And he said, How should I then be able unless some one guide me? And he begged Philip to come up and sit with him.
8:32And the passage of the scripture which he read was this: He was led as a sheep to slaughter, and as a lamb is dumb in presence of him that shears him, thus he opens not his mouth.
8:33In his humiliation his judgment has been taken away, and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
8:34And the eunuch answering Philip said, I pray thee, concerning whom does the prophet say this? of himself or of some other?
8:35And Philip, opening his mouth and beginning from that scripture, announced the glad tidings of Jesus to him.
8:36And as they went along the way, they came upon a certain water, and the eunuch says, Behold water; what hinders my being baptised?
8:38And he commanded the chariot to stop. And they went down both to the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptised him.
8:39But when they came up out of the water the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, and the eunuch saw him no longer, for he went on his way rejoicing.
8:40And Philip was found at Azotus, and passing through he announced the glad tidings to all the cities till he came to Caesarea.
9:1But Saul, still breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, came to the high priest
9:2and asked of him letters to Damascus, to the synagogues, so that if he found any who were of the way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
9:3But as he was journeying, it came to pass that he drew near to Damascus; and suddenly there shone round about him a light out of heaven,
9:4and falling on the earth he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute me?
9:5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, *I* am Jesus, whom *thou* persecutest.
9:6But rise up and enter into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
9:7But the men who were travelling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but beholding no one.
9:8And Saul rose up from the earth, and his eyes being opened he saw no one. But leading him by the hand they brought him into Damascus.
9:9And he was three days without seeing, and neither ate nor drank.
9:10And there was a certain disciple in Damascus by name Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, here am I, Lord.
9:11And the Lord said to him, Rise up and go into the street which is called Straight, and seek in the house of Judas one by name Saul, he is of Tarsus: for, behold, he is praying,
9:12and has seen in a vision a man by name Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he should see.
9:13And Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard from many concerning this man how much evil he has done to thy saints at Jerusalem;
9:14and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon thy name.
9:15And the Lord said to him, Go, for this man is an elect vessel to me, to bear my name before both nations and kings and the sons of Israel:
9:16for *I* will shew to him how much he must suffer for my name.
9:17And Ananias went and entered into the house; and laying his hands upon him he said, Saul, brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus that appeared to thee in the way in which thou camest, that thou mightest see, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
9:18And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he saw, and rising up was baptised;
9:19and, having received food, got strength. And he was with the disciples who were in Damascus certain days.
9:20And straightway in the synagogues he preached Jesus that *he* is the Son of God.
9:21And all who heard were astonished and said, Is not this *he* who destroyed in Jerusalem those who called on this name, and here was come for this purpose, that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?
9:22But Saul increased the more in power, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.
9:23Now when many days were fulfilled, the Jews consulted together to kill him.
9:24But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched also the gates both day and night, that they might kill him;
9:25but the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket.
9:26And having arrived at Jerusalem he essayed to join himself to the disciples, and all were afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.
9:27But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles, and related to them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus.
9:28And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem,
9:29and speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. And he spoke and discussed with the Hellenists; but they sought to kill him.
9:30And the brethren knowing it, brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.
9:32Now it came to pass that Peter, passing through all quarters, descended also to the saints who inhabited Lydda.
9:33And he found there a certain man, Aeneas by name, who had been lying for eight years upon a couch, who was paralysed.
9:34And Peter said to him, Aeneas, Jesus, the Christ, heals thee: rise up, and make thy couch for thyself. And straightway he rose up.
9:35And all who inhabited Lydda and the Saron saw him, who turned to the Lord.
9:36And in Joppa there was a certain female disciple, by name Tabitha, which being interpreted means Dorcas. She was full of good works and alms-deeds which she did.
9:37And it came to pass in those days that she grew sick and died; and, having washed her, they put her in the upper room.
9:38But Lydda being near to Joppa, the disciples having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, beseeching him, Thou must not delay coming to us.
9:39And Peter rising up went with them, whom, when arrived, they brought up into the upper chamber; and all the widows stood by him weeping and shewing him the body-coats and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them.
9:40But Peter, putting them all out, and kneeling down, prayed. And, turning to the body, he said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes, and, seeing Peter, sat up.
9:41And having given her his hand, he raised her up, and having called the saints and the widows, presented her living.
9:42And it became known throughout the whole of Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.
9:43And it came to pass that he remained many days in Joppa with a certain Simon, a tanner.