Acts 1:1-6 (Bible in Basic English)

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1 I have given an earlier account, O Theophilus, of all the things which Jesus did, and of his teaching from the first, 2 Till the day when he was taken up to heaven after he had given his orders, through the Holy Spirit, to the Apostles of whom he had made selection: 3 And to whom he gave clear and certain signs that he was living, after his death; for he was seen by them for forty days, and gave them teaching about the kingdom of God: 4 And when they were all together, with him, he gave them orders not to go away from Jerusalem, but to keep there, waiting till the word of the Father was put into effect, of which, he said, I have given you knowledge: 5 For the baptism of John was with water, but you will have baptism with the Holy Spirit, after a little time. 6 So, when they were together, they said to him, Lord, will you at this time give back the kingdom to Israel?
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