Therefore, brothers, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom, whom we can appoint to this duty.
The proposal pleased the whole company. So they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte from Antioch.
But they were unable to stand up against the wisdom and the Spirit by whom he spoke.
And all who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
But Stephen, filled by the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw God's glory, with Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said,
And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
I will even pour out My Spirit on My male and female slaves in those days, and they will prophesy.
And now, Lord, consider their threats, and grant that Your slaves may speak Your message with complete boldness,
while You stretch out Your hand for healing, signs, and wonders to be performed through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus."
The crowds paid attention with one mind to what Philip said, as they heard and saw the signs he was performing.