Acts 1 (New American Standard)

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Introduction

1 The first account I acomposed, 1Theophilus, about all that Jesus 2began to do and teach, 2 until the day when He 3was taken up to heaven, after He 4had bby the Holy Spirit given orders to 5the apostles whom He had 6chosen. 3 To cthese 7He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of 8the things concerning the kingdom of God. 4 dGathering them together, He commanded them 9not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for e10what the Father had promised, "Which," He said, "you heard of from Me; 5 for 11John baptized with water, but you will be baptized fwith the Holy Spirit g12not many days from now ." 6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, 13is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel ?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which 14the Father has fixed by His own authority ; 8 but you will receive power 15when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be 16My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and 17Samaria, and even to 18the remotest part of the earth."

The Ascension

9 And after He had said these things, 19He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into hthe sky while He was going, behold, 20two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, "21Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into ithe sky ? This Jesus, who 22has been taken up from you into heaven, will 23come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven."

The Upper Room

12 Then they 24returned to Jerusalem from the j25mount called kOlivet, which is near Jerusalem, a lSabbath day's journey away. 13 When they had entered the city, they went up to 26the upper room where they were staying ; 27that is, Peter and John and mJames and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, nJames the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and 28Judas the oson of pJames. 14 These all with one mind 29were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with 30the women, and Mary the 31mother of Jesus, and with His 32brothers. 15 qAt this time Peter stood up in the midst of 33the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty rpersons was there together ), and said, 16 "Brethren , 34the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, 35who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 "For he was 36counted among us and received his share in 37this ministry." 18 (Now this man 38acquired a field with 39the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. 19 And it became known to all who were living in Jerusalem ; so that in 40their own language that field was called Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 "For it is written in the book of Psalms, '41LET HIS HOMESTEAD BE MADE DESOLATE, AND LET NO ONE DWELL IN IT'; and, '42LET ANOTHER MAN TAKE HIS sOFFICE.' 21 "Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that 43the Lord Jesus went in and out tamong us- 22 44beginning uwith the baptism of John until the day that He 45was taken up from us-one of these must become a 46witness with us of His resurrection." 23 So they put forward two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus ), and 47Matthias. 24 And they 48prayed and said, "You, Lord, 49who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen 25 to voccupy 50this ministry and 51apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." 26 And they w52drew lots for them, and the lot fell xto 53Matthias ; and he was yadded to 54the eleven apostles.
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