Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentActs 6:6
- They laid their hands on them (epethkan autoiv tav xeirav).
- First aorist active indicative of epitithmi. Probably by the apostles who ratified the choice (verse 3). The laying on of hands "was a symbol of the impartation of the gifts and graces which they needed to qualify them for the office. It was of the nature of a prayer that God would bestow the necessary gifts, rather than a pledge that they were actually conferred" (Hackett).