Christ after his resurrection, having given instructions to his apostles, and commanded them to wait in Jerusalem the coming of the Holy Ghost, ascendeth into heaven in their sight. Two angels warn them to depart, and to look for his second coming: they return, and give themselves unto prayer. Peter exhorting to fill up the place of the traitor Judas, Matthias is chosen by lot to be an apostle.
1 THE aformer treatise have I made, O Theophilus, bof all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he cwas taken up, after that he dthrough the Holy *Ghost ehad given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 fTo whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them gforty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the hkingdom of God:
4 And, 1being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for ithe promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 jFor 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 krestore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, lIt is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 mBut ye shall receive 2power, after that the Holy *Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be nwitnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in oSamaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
- m: Ac. 2:1 - 4 , Ac. 2:33 , Lu. 24:49 , Lu. 3:16 , 2:28
- 2: Or, the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you.
- *: Ghost-Spirit.
- n: Lu. 24:47 , Lu. 24:48 , Mar. 16:15 , Mat. 28:19 , Ac. 1:22 , Ac. 2:32 , Ac. 3:15 , Ac. 4:33 , Ac. 10:39 , Ac. 10:41 , Jn. 15:27 , Ro. 10:18 , Ro. 15:19 , Acts 2 - 13
- o: Ac. 8:5 , Ac. 8:14
9 pAnd 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 qmen stood by them in rwhite *apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye smen of Galilee, twhy stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, ushall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from vthe mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem wa sabbath day's journey.
13 And when they were come in, they went up into an xupper room, where abode both yPeter, 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 zThese all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with ahis brethren.
15 ¶And in those days bPeter 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, cthis scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy *Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, dwhich was guide to them that took Jesus.
17 For he was enumbered with us, and had obtained part of this fministry.
18 gNow this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and hfalling 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, iThe field of blood.
- *: proper-own.
- i: Mat. 27:8
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, jLet his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his 3*bishoprick let another take.
21 Wherefore of these men which have *companied with us kall the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was ltaken up from us, must one be ordained to be a mwitness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called nBarsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
- n: Ac. 15:22
24 And they oprayed, and said, Thou, Lord, pwhich knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of qthis ministry and apostleship, from which rJudas by transgression fell, that he might go sto his own place.