This proposal pleased the whole company. So they chose Stephen,(A) a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a convert from Antioch.(B) They had them stand before the apostles, who prayed(C) and laid their hands on(D) them.

So the word of God spread, the disciples in Jerusalem increased(E) greatly in number, and a large group of priests became obedient to the faith.

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