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Some time later, as the number of disciples kept growing, there was a quarrel between the Greek-speaking Jews and the native Jews.     The Greek-speaking Jews claimed that their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of funds.

So the twelve apostles called the whole group of believers together and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the preaching of God’s word in order to handle finances.     So then, friends, choose seven men among you who are known to be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and we will put them in charge of this matter.     We ourselves, then, will give our full time to prayer and the work of preaching.”

The whole group was pleased with the apostles’ proposal, so they chose seven men.

(Lesson Text: Today’s English Version, Copyright ©1992 by the American Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)