Acts 6:1   Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. Acts 6:2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Acts 6:3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. Acts 6:4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. Acts 6:6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

Acts 6:7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. Acts 6:9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. Acts 6:10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. Acts 6:11 Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” Acts 6:12 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council, Acts 6:13 and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law, Acts 6:14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.” Acts 6:15 And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.”

(Acts 6:1–15 ESVi)

 “Psalms 22:0 TO THE CHOIRMASTER: ACCORDING TO THE DOE OF THE DAWN. A PSALM OF DAVID.

Psalms 22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? Psalms 22:2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Psalms 22:3 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Psalms 22:4 In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. Psalms 22:5 To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. Psalms 22:6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. Psalms 22:7 All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; Psalms 22:8 “He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!” Psalms 22:9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts. Psalms 22:10 On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Psalms 22:11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help. Psalms 22:12 Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me; Psalms 22:13 they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion. Psalms 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; Psalms 22:15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. Psalms 22:16 For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— Psalms 22:17 I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; Psalms 22:18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. Psalms 22:19 But you, O LORD, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid! Psalms 22:20 Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog! Psalms 22:21 Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen! Psalms 22:22 I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: Psalms 22:23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! Psalms 22:24 For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him. Psalms 22:25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him. Psalms 22:26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live forever! Psalms 22:27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. Psalms 22:28 For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations. Psalms 22:29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive. Psalms 22:30 Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; Psalms 22:31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.” (Psalm 22:0–31 ESVi)

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