CLV(i) 1 The first account, indeed, I make, O Theophilus, concerning all which Jesus begins both to do and to teach, 2 until the day on which He was taken up; through holy spirit directing the apostles whom He chooses, 3 to whom also He presents Himself alive after His suffering, with many tokens, during forty days, being visualized to them and telling them that which concerns the kingdom of God." 4 And, being foregathered, He charges them not to be departing from Jerusalem, but to be remaining about for the promise of the Father, "which you hear of Me, 5 seeing that John, indeed, baptizes in water, yet you shall be baptized in holy spirit after not many of these days." 6 Those, indeed, then, who are coming together, asked Him, saying, "Lord, art Thou at this time restoring the kingdom to Israel? 7 Yet He said to them, "Not yours is it to know times or eras which the Father placed in His own jurisdiction." 8 But you shall be obtaining power at the coming of the holy spirit on you, and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in entire Judea and Samaria, as far as the limits of the earth." 9 And saying these things, while they are looking, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him up from their eyes." 10 And as they were looking intently into heaven at His going, lo! two men stand beside them in white attire, 11 who say also, "Men! Galileans! Why do you stand, looking into heaven? This Jesus Who is being taken up from you into heaven shall come thus, in the manner in which you gaze at Him going into heaven." 12 Then they return into Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem a sabbath's journey." 13 And when they entered it, they went up into the upper chamber where they were residing - both Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alpheus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas of James." 14 These all were persevering with one accord in prayer, together with the women and Miriam, the mother of Jesus, and His brothers." 15 And in these days Peter, rising in the midst of the brethren, (besides there was a throng in the same place of about a hundred and twenty names)" 16 said, "Men! Brethren! Fulfilled must be the scripture in which the holy spirit said before through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who becomes the guide of those apprehending Jesus, 17 seeing that he was numbered among us, and chanced upon the allotment of this dispensation." 18 (This man, indeed, then, acquires a freehold with the wages of injustice, and coming to fall prone, ruptures in the middle, and all his intestines were poured out." 19 And it became known to all who are dwelling in Jerusalem, so that that freehold is called, in their own vernacular, "Acheldamach,that is, "Freehold of blood.")" 20 For it is written in the scroll of the Psalms, Let his domicile become desolate, And let no one be dwelling in it, and 'Let his supervision be taken by another.' " 21 Then, of the men coming together with us in all the time in which the Lord Jesus came in and out to us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which He was taken up from us - of these one is to become a witness of His resurrection together with us." 23 And they nominate two, Joseph, called Bar-Sabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias." 24 And praying, they say, "Thou, Lord, Knower of all hearts, indicate one whom Thou choosest, 25 out of these two to take the place of this dispensation and apostleship, from which Judas transgressed, to be gone into his own place." 26 And they give lots for them, and the lot falls on Matthias, and he is enumerated with the eleven apostles."