ActsChapter 1


1 The first treatise I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which he was received up, after commanding through the Holy Spirit the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 to whom he also presented himself alive after his :suffering by many proofs, appearing to them for forty days, and speaking the things concerning the kingdom of :God: 4 and, being assembled with them, he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which ye heard from me: 5 because John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days hence. 6 They therefore, having come together, asked him, saying, Lord, restorest thou at this :time the kingdom to :Israel? 7 He said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within his own :authority. 8 But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all :Judæa and Samaria, and unto the uttermost of the earth. 9 And on saying these things, he was taken up, they looking on; and a cloud received him out of their :sight. 10 And while they were looking steadfastly into the heaven as he went, [and] lo, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 who also said, Galilee men, why stand ye looking into the heaven? this :Jesus, who was received up from you into the heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye beheld him going into the heaven. 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is nigh to Jerusalem, a sabbath’s journey off. 13 And when they were come in, they went up into the upper chamber, where they were abiding: both Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphæus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 These all with one accord continued steadfastly in :prayer, with the women, and Mariam the mother of :Jesus, and with his :brethren.
15 And in these :days Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren, and said (and there was a crowd of names in the same place, about a hundred and twenty), 16 [Men] Brethren, it was needful that the Scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy :Spirit foretold through David’s mouth concerning Judas, who became guide to them that took Jesus. 17 Because he was numbered among us, and received his lot in this :ministry. 18 (Now this man obtained a field with the reward of his :iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his :bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the dwellers at Jerusalem; so that in their language that :field was called Hacheldamach, that is, Field of blood.) 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his :habitation become desolate, And let no one dwell therein: and, His :overseership let another take.

21 Of the men therefore that have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John, unto the day that he was received up from us, of these must one become a witness with us of his :resurrection. 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called :Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show of these :two the one whom thou hast chosen, 25 to take the place in this :ministry and apostleship from which Judas fell away, to go to his :own :place. 26 And they gave them lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.