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Acts 6:2-6

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6:2 So the twelve 1  called 2  the whole group 3  of the disciples together and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to wait on tables. 4  6:3 But carefully select from among you, brothers, 5  seven 6  men who are well-attested, 7  full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge 8  of this necessary task. 9  6:4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 6:5 The 10  proposal pleased the entire group, so 11  they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, with 12  Philip, 13  Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a Gentile convert to Judaism 14  from Antioch. 15  6:6 They stood these men before the apostles, who prayed 16  and placed 17  their hands on them.

1 sn The twelve refers to the twelve apostles.

2 tn Grk “calling the whole group…together, said.” The participle προσκαλεσάμενοι (proskalesamenoi) has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.

3 tn Or “the multitude.”

4 tn Grk “to serve tables.”

5 tn It is not clear from a historical standpoint (but it is unlikely) that women would have been involved in the selection process too. For this reason the translation “brothers” has been retained, rather than “brothers and sisters” (used in contexts where both male and female believers are clearly addressed).

6 sn Seven. Jewish town councils often had seven members (Josephus, Ant. 4.18.14 [4.214]).

7 tn Or “are of good reputation” (BDAG 618 s.v. μαρτυρέω 2.b).

8 tn The translation “put in charge” is given by BDAG 492 s.v. καθίστημι 2.

9 tn Grk “of this need”; translated “necessary work” or “needed task” by L&N 42.22.

10 tn Grk “And the.” Because of the difference between Greek style, which often begins sentences or clauses with “and,” and English style, which generally does not, καί (kai) has not been translated here.

11 tn The translation “so” has been used to indicate the logical sequence in English.

12 tn “With” is smoother English style for an addition like this. Because of differences between Greek and English style, καί (kai), which occurs between each name in the list, has not been translated except preceding the last element.

13 sn Philip. Note how many of the names in this list are Greek. This suggests that Hellenists were chosen to solve the problem they had been so sensitive about fixing (cf. 6:1).

14 tn Or “a proselyte.”

15 map For location see JP1 F2; JP2 F2; JP3 F2; JP4 F2.

16 tn Literally this is a participle in the Greek text (προσευξάμενοι, proseuxamenoi). It could be translated as a finite verb (“and they prayed and placed their hands on them”) but much smoother English results if the entire coordinate clause is converted to a relative clause that refers back to the apostles.

sn Who prayed. The prayer indicates their acceptance and commissioning for ministry (cf. Deut 34:9).

17 tn Or “laid.”



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