Acts 6:6
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New International Version
They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

New Living Translation
These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them.

English Standard Version
These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

Berean Study Bible
They presented these seven to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

Berean Literal Bible
whom they set before the apostles. And having prayed, they laid the hands on them.

New American Standard Bible
And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.

King James Bible
Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They had them stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

International Standard Version
They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

NET Bible
They stood these men before the apostles, who prayed and placed their hands on them.

New Heart English Bible
whom they set before the apostles. When they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They presented these before the Apostles, and when they had prayed, they placed hands on them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The disciples had these men stand in front of the apostles, who prayed and placed their hands on these seven men.

New American Standard 1977
And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
these they set before the apostles, and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

King James 2000 Bible
Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

American King James Version
Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

American Standard Version
whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands upon them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
These they set before the apostles; and they praying, imposed hands upon them.

Darby Bible Translation
whom they set before the apostles; and, having prayed, they laid their hands on them.

English Revised Version
whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

Weymouth New Testament
These men they brought to the Apostles, and, after prayer, they laid their hands upon them.

World English Bible
whom they set before the apostles. When they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

Young's Literal Translation
whom they did set before the apostles, and they, having prayed, laid on them their hands.
Study Bible
The Choosing of the Seven
5This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, as well as Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6They presented these seven to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 7So the word of God continued to spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem grew rapidly, and a great number of priests became obedient to the faith.…
Cross References
Numbers 8:10
and present the Levites before the LORD; and the sons of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites.

Numbers 27:18
So the LORD said to Moses, "Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him;

Deuteronomy 34:9
Now Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; and the sons of Israel listened to him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Mark 5:23
and pleaded with Him urgently, "My little daughter is near death. Please come and place Your hands on her, so that she will be healed and live."

Acts 1:24
And they prayed, "Lord, You know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two You have chosen

Acts 8:17
Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 9:12
In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight."

Acts 9:17
So Ananias went to the house, and when he arrived, he placed his hands on Saul. "Brother Saul," he said, "the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

Acts 13:3
So after they had fasted and prayed, they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Acts 19:6
And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Treasury of Scripture

Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

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Acts 1:24 And they prayed, and said, You, Lord, which know the hearts of all …

Acts 8:17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting …

Acts 13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, …

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, …

1 Timothy 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's …

2 Timothy 1:6 Why I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which …

(6) When they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.--This is the first mention of the act in the New Testament. It had had an analogous meaning in the ritual of Israel (Numbers 27:23) in acts of blessing (Genesis 48:13-14) and the transmission of functions. Its primary symbolism would seem to be that of the concentration for the moment of all the spiritual energy of prayer upon him on whom men lay their hands; and so of the bestowal of any office for which spiritual gifts are required. It had been used in the Jewish schools on the admission of a scribe to his office as a teacher. It soon became the customary outward and visible sign of such bestowal (Acts 13:3). Instruction as to what it thus meant entered into the primary teaching of all converts (Hebrews 6:2). It was connected with other acts that pre-supposed the communication of a spiritual gift (1Timothy 5:22). Through well-nigh all changes of polity and dogma and ritual, it has kept its place with Baptism and the Supper of the Lord, among the unchanging witnesses of the Church's universality and permanence, witnessing, as in Confirmation, to the diversity of spiritual gifts, and, as in Ordination, to their connection with every special office and administration in the Church of God.

Verse 6. - When they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. They did not pray without imposition of hands, nor did they lay hands on them without prayer. So in the sacraments, in confirmation, and ordination, the outward sign or rite is accompanied by prayer for the thing signified. And God's grace is given through the sacrament or rite in answer to the prayer of faith (see Acts 8:15, and the Office for Baptism, the Prayer of Consecration in the Office for Holy Communion, and the Confirmation and Ordination Services). (For the laying on of hands as a mode of conveying a special grace and blessing, see Numbers 27:3; Deuteronomy 34:9; Matthew 19:13-15; Luke 4:40; Acts 8:17; Acts 13:3; 1 Timothy 5:22; Hebrews 6:2.) Whom they set before the apostles,.... They did not barely nominate and propose them to them, but they brought them into their presence, and placed them before them, as the persons whom they had chosen, in order to be ordained by them.

And when they had prayed; for these seven men set before them, that they might appear to be richly qualified for this office, and might honourably and faithfully discharge it, to the peace of themselves, the advantage of the church, and the glory of God:

they laid their hands on them; that is, they ordained them, they installed them into their office, and invested them with it, using the rite or ceremony of laying on of hands, which was used by the apostles for the conferring of gifts, and in benedictions, and at the ordination of officers; and seems to be borrowed from the Jews, who used, it at the creation of doctors among them, and at the promotion of them to that dignity; and which they call or ordination by imposition of hands; though that rite was not looked upon to be essentially necessary: for so they say (f),

"ordination or promotion to doctorship is not necessarily done, "by the hand", as Moses did to Joshua, but even "by word" only; it was enough to say, I ordain thee, or be thou ordained or promoted.''

(f) Juchasin, fol. 60. 1.6. when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them—the one proclaiming that all official gifts flowed from the Church's glorified Head, the other symbolizing the communication of these to the chosen office-bearers through the recognized channels.6:1-7 Hitherto the disciples had been of one accord; this often had been noticed to their honour; but now they were multiplied, they began to murmur. The word of God was enough to take up all the thoughts, cares, and time of the apostles. The persons chosen to serve tables must be duly qualified. They must be filled with gifts and graces of the Holy Ghost, necessary to rightly managing this trust; men of truth, and hating covetousness. All who are employed in the service of the church, ought to be commended to the Divine grace by the prayers of the church. They blessed them in the name of the Lord. The word and grace of God are greatly magnified, when those are wrought upon by it, who were least likely.
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