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1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was
taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto
the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself
alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them
forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
4 And, being assembled together with
them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem,
but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith
he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John
truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost
not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come
together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore
again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It
is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put
in his own power.
ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye
shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had
spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud
received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly
toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white
11 Which also said, Ye men of
Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is
taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have
seen him go into heaven.
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem
from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s
13 And when they were come in, they
went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John,
and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son
of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
14 These all continued with one
accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of
Jesus, and with his brethren.
15 And in those days Peter stood up
in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together
were about an hundred and twenty,)
16 Men and brethren, this
scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the
mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that
17 For he was numbered with us, and
had obtained part of this ministry.
18 Now this man purchased a field
with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the
midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it was known unto all the
dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper
tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of
Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and
his bishoprick let another take.
21 Wherefore of these men which have
companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among
22 Beginning from the baptism of
John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be
ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph
called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed, and said, Thou,
Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these
two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of this
ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he
might go to his own place.
26 And they gave forth their lots;
and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven
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