account I have made, O 2Theophilus
, concerning all the 3things
that Jesus began both to do and to teach,
Until the day on which He was ataken
up, after He had given bcommandment
through the Holy 1Spirit
to the capostles
whom He chose;
Speaking to the disciples the things concerning the kingdom of God
To whom also He 1presented
Himself alive after His suffering by many irrefutable proofs, 2aappearing
to them through a period of 3forty
days and speaking the things concerning the 4kingdom
Charging them to wait for the baptism in the Holy Spirit
And as He 1met
together with them,
He charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the 2apromise
of the Father, which, He bsaid,
You heard from Me;
For John abaptized
, but you shall be 2baptized
in the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
So the ones who came together asked Him, saying, Lord, are You at this atime brestoring
But He said to them, It is not for you to know atimes
or seasons which the Father has set by His own authority.
But you shall 1receive apower
when the Holy bSpirit
you, and you shall be My 3cwitnesses
both in Jerusalem and in all dJudea
and unto the futtermost
part of the earth.
And when He had said these things, while they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud atook
Him away from their sight.
And while they were looking intently into heaven as He went, behold, atwo
men in bwhite
clothing stood beside them,
Who also said, 1Men
, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into 2heaven
, will 3bcome
in the 4same
way as you 5beheld
Him going into heaven.
The disciples' preparation
Persevering in prayer
Then they returned to 1aJerusalem
from the mount called bOlivet
, which is near Jerusalem, a 2Sabbath
day's journey away.
And when they entered, they went up to the aupper
room where they were residing, bPeter
and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son
of Alphaeus and Simon the 1Zealot
and Judas the 2brother
These all 1acontinued
steadfastly 2with bone
accord in 3prayer
, together with the cwomen
of Jesus, and with His brothers.
And in those days aPeter
stood up in the midst of the bbrothers
(there was a group of persons gathered
together, about a hundred and twenty),
, brothers, the aScripture
had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before through the mouth of David concerning bJudas
, who became a guide to those who seized Jesus;
For he was anumbered
among us and was allotted his portion of 1this bministry
(Now this man acquired a piece of aland
with the 1bwages
of unrighteousness; and falling headlong, he burst in the middle, and all his inward parts gushed out.
And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem, so that that piece of land was called in their own dialect, 1Akeldamach
, that is, Field of 2Blood
For it is written in the book of Psalms, a
"Let his habitation become desolate, and let no one dwell in it''; and, b
"His overseership let another take.''
It is necessary therefore that of the men who accompanied us all the time in which the Lord Jesus awent
in and went out 1among
Beginning from the baptism of aJohn
until the day on which He was btaken
up from us, one of these should become a cwitness
of His 1dresurrection
And they proposed two, Joseph, called aBarsabbas
, who was surnamed bJustus
, and Matthias.
And they aprayed
and said, You Lord, Knower of the bhearts
of all, show us
clearly the one whom You have chosen of these two
To take the place of this ministry and aapostleship
, from which Judas turned aside to bgo
to his own place.
And they cast 1lots
for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was counted with the eleven apostles.