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宗徒大事录 Acts
1那时候,门徒们渐渐增多,希腊化的犹太人,对希伯来人发出了怨言,因为他们在日常的供应品上,疏忽了他们的寡妇。1In those days, as the number of disciples grew, the so-called Hellenists complained against the so-called Hebrews, because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.
2于是十二宗徒召集众门徒说:「让我们放弃天主的圣言,而操管饮食,实在不相宜。2So the Twelve summoned the whole body of disciples together and said, "It is not right that we should neglect the word of God to serve at tables.
3所以,弟兄们!当从你们中检定七位有好声望,且充满圣神和智慧的人,派他们管这要务。3So, friends, choose from among yourselves seven respected men full of Spirit and wisdom, that we may appoint them to this task.
4至于我们,我们要专务祈祷,并为真道服役。」4As for us, we shall give ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word."
5这番话得了全体的悦服,就选了斯德望,他是位充满信德和圣神的人,和斐理伯、仆洛曷洛、尼加诺尔、提孟、帕尔默纳及尼苛劳,他是个归依犹太教的安提约基雅人,5The whole community agreed and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and Holy Spirit; Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenus and Nicolaus of Antioch who was a proselyte.
6叫他们立在宗徒面前;宗徒们祈祷以后,就给他们覆了手。6They presented these men to the apostles who first prayed over them and then laid hands upon them.
7天主的道渐渐发扬,门徒的数目在耶路撒冷大为增加,司祭中也有许多人,服从了信仰。7The Word of God continued to spread, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly and even many priests accepted the faith.
8斯德望充满恩宠和德能,在百姓中显大奇蹟,行大征兆。8Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.
9当时,有些称为「自由人」会堂中的人,以及基勒乃和亚历山大里亚人的会堂的人,还有些属基里基雅和亚细亚会堂的人,起来,同斯德望辩论;9Some persons then came forward, who belonged to the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia and Asia.
10但是他们敌不住他的智慧,因为他是藉圣神说话。10They argued with Stephen but they could not match the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke.
11于是他们便怂恿一些人,说:「我们听见他说过亵渎梅瑟和天主的话。」11As they were unable to face the truth, they bribed some men to say, "We heard him speak against Moses and against God."
12他们又煽动了百姓、长老和经师,一同跑来,捉住了他,解送到公议会。12So they stirred up the people, the elders and the teachers of the Law; they took him by surprise, seized him and brought him before the Council.
13他们并设下假见证,说:「这人不断地说反对圣地和法律的话,13Then they produced false witnesses who said, "This man never stops speaking against our Holy Place and the Law.
14因为我们曾听见他说:这个纳匝肋人耶稣要毁灭这个地方,并要改革梅瑟给我们传下的常例。」14We even heard him say that Jesus the Nazarean will destroy our Holy Place and change the customs which Moses handed down to us."
15所有坐在公议会的人都注目看他,见他的面容好像天使的面容。15And all who sat in the Council fixed their eyes on him, and his face appeared to them like the face of an angel.
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