Acts 1 (English Standard Version)

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The Promise of the Holy Spirit

1 In the first book, O 1Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began 2to do and teach, 2 until the day when 3he was taken up, after he 4had given commands 5through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 6He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while stayinga with them 7he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me; 5 for 8John baptized with water, 9but you will be baptized 10withb the Holy Spirit not many days from now."

The Ascension

6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, 11will you at this time 12restore the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, 13"It is not for you to know 14times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive 15power 16when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and 17you will be 18my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and 19Samaria, and 20to the end of the earth." 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, 21he was lifted up, and 22a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, 23two 24men stood by them in 25white robes, 11 and said, 26"Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, 27will 28come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas

12 Then 29they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to 30the upper room, where they were staying, 31Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon 32the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these 33with one accord 34were devoting themselves to prayer, together with 35the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and 36his brothers.c 15 In those days Peter stood up among 37the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 "Brothers, 38the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, 39who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For 40he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in 41this ministry." 18 (Now this man 42acquired a field with 43the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlongd he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called 44in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 "For it is written in the Book of Psalms, 45"'May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it';and 46"'Let another take his office.' 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during 47all the time that the Lord Jesus 48went in and out among us, 22 49beginning from the baptism of John until the day when 50he was taken up from us--one of these men must become with us 51a witness to his resurrection." 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called 52Barsabbas, who was also called 53Justus, and 54Matthias. 24 And 55they prayed and said, "You, Lord, 56who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in 57this ministry and 58apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
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