Therefore, brothers, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom, whom we can appoint to this duty.
But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the preaching ministry."
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.
They had them stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus: To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons.
For there is nothing reliable in what they say; destruction is within them; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongues.
They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts.
You unleash your mouth for evil and harness your tongue for deceit.
Like a sharpened razor, your tongue devises destruction, working treachery.
Their throat is an open grave; they deceive with their tongues. Vipers' venom is under their lips.
Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things should not be this way.
not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy--
"You and your sons are not to drink wine or beer when you enter the tent of meeting, or else you will die; this is a permanent statute throughout your generations.
No priest may drink wine before he enters the inner court.