Acts of the Apostles
1In my first book, I wrote Theophlius, about all that Jesus began to do and to teach,
2Up to the day He was taken up to heaven, having given commandments through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom He had chosen.
3To which he presented himself as living after the passion, by many proofs, appearing to them for a period of forty days, speaking of the Kingdom of God.
4And while He was with them he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to stay in wait for the promise of the father, which He said “you heard from Me;
5Because John baptised with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit, not many days afterwards.”
6Therefore when they were assembled together, they asked him, and said “Lord, will you at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?"
7In reply he said to them "It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father, in his own authority has placed upon things.
8Yet you shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will bear witness of me both in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea and Samaria, and indeed all the way to the very ends of the Earth."
9And when he had declared all these things, as they looked on he was taken up; and a cloud obscured him from their sight.
10And they gazed toward heaven as he was going up, and saw standing beside themselves two men clothed in white,
11Who declared "Men of Galilee, why do you stand here gazing up to heaven? This same Jesus who you have seen taken up to heaven in this way, will come again in the same way as you have seen him go into heaven."
12At that time, they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the “Mount of Olives”, which is near to Jerusalem; a Sabbath days journey.
13And after they had come into the city, they entered the upper room where they were staying. Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alpheaus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James.
14All these men were steadfast with one accord to prayer, together the women and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
15And in those days Peter rose up amongst the brothers, (a crowd of people about one hundred and twenty in number) and declared,
16“Men and brothers, the scripture is becoming fulfilled which beforehand was spoken by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of David, concerning Judas who served as a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
17Because he was counted among our number, and was assigned a portion of this ministry.
18He then took possession of a field with the proceeds of his iniquity, and was hanged causing him to rupture and all his entrails to gush out.
19And it became known to all those living in Jerusalem. So that in their own language they came to refer to the field as Aceldama, which means field of blood.
20It is written in the book of Psalms, let his place of living become desolate and let no one live therein. Any may another take his episcopate.
21Of those men who discipled with us during the time the Lord Jesus was with us, coming in and out among us,
22Beginning with the baptism of John all the way up to the day he was taken from us, one of these must become a witness of his resurrection along with us.
23And they nominated two, Joseph called Barnabas, who was surnamed Justus and Matthias.
24And in prayer they said, “You Lord, who knows what is in the hearts of all men, reveal to us which of these two you shall choose,
25To take a part in this ministry and apostleship, out of which Judas transgressed in order to go into his own place.”
26And they all voted, and the vote fell upon Matthias, and so he came to be counted among the eleven Apostles.
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