ALT(i) 1 The first account indeed I made concerning all [things], O Theophilus, which Jesus began both to be doing and to be teaching, [see Luke 1:1-3] 2 until the day [in] which He was taken up [into heaven], having commanded by [the] Holy Spirit the apostles whom He chose, 3 to whom also He presented Himself living after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking the [things] concerning the kingdom of God. 4 And being assembled together, He gave strict orders to them not to be departing from Jerusalem, but to be waiting for the promise of the Father, "Which," [He said,] "You heard from Me; [Luke 24:49] 5 because John indeed baptized [or, immersed, and throughout book] in [or, with] water, but youp will be baptized in [or, with] [the] Holy Spirit after not many [of] these days [fig., in a few days]." [Matt 3:11] 6 So indeed, having come together, they began questioning Him, saying, "Lord, are You restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?" 7 But He said to them, "It is not yoursp to know times or seasons which the Father placed in His own authority, 8 but youp will receive power, the Holy Spirit having come upon youp, and youp will be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and as far as [the] end of the earth." 9 And having said these [things], while they [were] looking, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him from their eyes [fig., sight]. 10 And as they were looking intently into heaven [or, at the sky] as He [was] going, then look!, two men had stood by them in white robes, 11 who also said, "Men, Galileans, why have youp stood looking attentively into heaven? This Jesus, the One having been taken up from youp into heaven, will come in the same manner [in] which manner youp saw Him going into heaven." 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount being called Of Olives, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey [away] [i.e. the distance which Jews could travel on the Sabbath without breaking the Law, which was less than a mile]. 13 And when they entered [Jerusalem], they went up into the upstairs room where they were staying: both Peter and James, and John and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James [the son] of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas [the son; or, the brother] of James. [cp. Jude 1:1] 14 These all were continuing with one mind in prayer and petition, together with [the] women and Mary the mother of Jesus and with His brothers. 15 And in these days, Peter having risen up in [the] middle of the disciples, said (and [the] crowd of names [fig., the number of people] at the same [place] was about a hundred and twenty), 16 "Men, brothers, it was necessary [for] this Scripture to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas (the one having become a guide to the ones having arrested Jesus), 17 because he had been numbered with us and obtained [or, was chosen to have] the share in this ministry." 18 (This one indeed then acquired a field by [the] payment of [his] unrighteousness, and having fallen headfirst, he burst open in the middle and all his inward parts were poured out. 19 And it became known to all the ones living in Jerusalem, with the result that that place is called, in their own language [i.e. Aramaic], Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 "For it has been written in a scroll of [the] Psalms: 'Let his residence become desolate, and let no [one] be dwelling in it'; and 'Let another take his position of overseer.' [Psalm 69:25; 109:8] 21 "Therefore, it is necessary of the men having accompanied us in every time in which the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us— 22 having begun from the baptism [or, immersion, and throughout book] of John until the day which He was taken up from us— [for] one of these to become a witness with us of His resurrection." 23 And they put forward two: Joseph, the one being called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And having prayed, they said, "You Lord, knower of the hearts of all [people], disclose which one of these two You chose 25 to receive the share of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." 26 And they gave [fig., cast] their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.