The Choosing of the Seven
1In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews6:1 That is, Jews who had adopted the Greek language and culture among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
5This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
7So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
8Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.
11Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”
12So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. 14For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”
15All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
Wɔyi Asafo No Mu Asomfoɔ
1Ɛberɛ bi akyi a na asuafoɔ no redɔɔso no, akasakasa sii Hebrifoɔ a wɔka Arameike ne Hebrifoɔ a wɔka Griik kasa no ntam. Na Hebrifoɔ a wɔka Griik no no asɛm ne sɛ, Hebrifoɔ a wɔka Arameike no nhwɛ wɔn akunafoɔ yie. 2Enti, asomafoɔ dumienu no frɛɛ asuafoɔ no nyinaa ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Ɛnsɛ sɛ yɛgyae Onyankopɔn asɛnka kɔkyɛ aduane. 3Enti, anuanom, monyi mo mu nnipa baason a Honhom Kronkron ahyɛ wɔn ma na wɔnim nyansa na wɔahwɛ aka saa asɛm no. 4Yɛn ankasa de, yɛde yɛn adagyeɛ nyinaa bɛbɔ mpaeɛ aka Asɛmpa no.”
5Nnipa no nyinaa penee adwene a asomafoɔ no de baeɛ no so. Enti, wɔyii Stefano a na gyidie ne Honhom Kronkron ahyɛ no ma no, ne Filipo, Prokoro, Nikanor, Timon, Pamina ne Nikolao a ɔfiri Antiokia a na ɔwɔ Yudasom no mu. 6Wɔde saa nnipa yi kyerɛɛ asuafoɔ no maa wɔbɔɔ mpaeɛ de wɔn nsa guu wɔn so.
7Nnipa pii gyee asɛm no diiɛ maa wɔn mu dodoɔ no ara bɛkaa wɔn ho. Yudafoɔ no mu pii nso gyee wɔn nkyerɛkyerɛ no diiɛ.
8Stefano a Onyankopɔn adom ne tumi ahyɛ no ma no yɛɛ anwanwadeɛ ahodoɔ bebree wɔ asafo no mu. 9Nanso, da koro bi nnipa bi a wɔfiri Yudafoɔ hyiadan bi a wɔfrɛ no “Ahofadifoɔ Hyiadan” no mu a wɔyɛ Yudafoɔ a wɔfiri Kirene ne Aleksandria ne wɔn a wɔfiri Kilikia ne Asia no ne Stefano gyee akyinnyeɛ. 10Nanso, Honhom no maa Stefano nyansa maa ɔde kasaeɛ a obiara antumi anka hwee.
11Ɛno enti wɔka hyɛɛ nkurɔfoɔ bi ano sɛ, “Yɛtee sɛ ɔreka abususɛm atia Mose ne Onyankopɔn.”
12Wɔnam saa ɛkwan yi so maa nnipa no ne mpanin no ne Atwerɛsɛm no akyerɛkyerɛfoɔ no sɔre tiaa Stefano. Wɔbɛkyeree Stefano de no kɔɔ badwafoɔ anim. 13Afei, wɔde nnipa ba bɛdii adansekurumu tiaa Stefano sɛ, “Daa, saa onipa yi ka abususɛm tia yɛn asɔredan kronkron no ne Mose Mmara no. 14Yɛtee mpo sɛ ɔreka sɛ, saa Yesu Nasareni no bɛdwiri yɛn asɔredan no agu na wasesa yɛn amanneɛ a Mose de maa yɛn no!”
15Nnipa a na wɔte badwa mu hɔ no nyinaa hwɛɛ Stefano anim, na wɔhunuiɛ sɛ nʼanim ayɛ te sɛ ɔsoro ɔbɔfoɔ anim.