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.
8 But 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
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 took Jesus.
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
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
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