Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1And in those days when the disciples had multiplied, the Hellenist disciples complained against the Hebrews*, that their widows were disregarded in the daily ministry. 2And the twelve Apostles called the whole assembly of the disciples and they said to them, "It is not acceptable for us to forsake the word of God and to serve tables." 3"Search therefore, my brothers, and choose seven men among you upon whom is the testimony and who are full of The Spirit of THE LORD JEHOVAH and wisdom, and we shall appoint them over this matter." 4"And we shall continue in prayer, and in the Ministry of the word." 5And this statement was pleasing before all the people, and they chose Estephanaus, a man who was full of faith and of The Spirit of Holiness, and Philippus, Procuros, Nicanor, Timon, Parmena and Nicholas, an Antiochene proselyte. 6They presented these before the Apostles, and when they had prayed, they placed hands on them.
7And the word of God was magnified and the number of the disciples was multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and many people of the Judeans were obeying the faith.
8But Estephanaus was full of grace and power and was doing signs and wonders among the people. 9And there arose men from the synagogue which was called the Libertine, and Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and from Qiliqia and from Asia, disputing with Estephanaus. 10And they were not able to withstand the wisdom and The Spirit who was speaking in him. 11And they sent men and instructed them to say, "We have heard him speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God." 12They stirred up the people and the Elders and the Scribes and they came and they stood around him and they seized and brought him to the center of The Council. 13And they appointed false witnesses who said, "This man does not cease speaking words against The Written Law and against this holy place." 14"We have heard him say that Yeshua the Nazarene will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to you." 15And all of them who were sitting in the assembly stared at him, and they saw his face as the face of an Angel.