Thomson(i) 1 Composed, O Theophilus, the former treatise concerning all that Jesus took occasion both to do and teach 2 till the day when he was taken up, after giving a charge by the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen, 3 and to whom he had, after his suffering, shewn himself to be alive, by many proofs, during forty days appearing to them, and speaking of what concerned the kingdom of God. 4 Then assembling them together, he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard from me. 5 For John indeed baptized in water, but you shall be baptized in a Holy Spirit not many days hence. 6 When they therefore were come together they asked him, saying, Lord, art thou at this time about to restore the kingdom to Israel? 7 Whereupon he said to them, It is not for you to know times and seasons which the Father hath reserved in his own disposal. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit is come upon you; and you shall be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the remotest part of the earth. 9 And having said this, while they were beholding [him] he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And as they continued looking stedfastly up to heaven, while he was going, behold! two men stood near them, robed in white, 11 who addressed them, saying, Men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up to heaven? This same Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same manner as you have seen him going to heaven. 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey from it. 13 And when they came in, they went up into the upper room, where Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James, son of Alpheus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James, usually made their abode. 14 These all continued with one mind in prayer and supplication, with the women, particularly Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. 15 And in those days Peter rising up in the midst of the disciples, [the number of persons assembled being about one hundred and twenty] 16 said, Men, brethren, It was necessary that this scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit predicted, by the mouth of David, concerning Judas who was guide to them who laid hold on Jesus; 17 because he was numbered with us, and had a part of this service allotted him 18 [Now this man indeed had purchased! a field with the reward of his iniquity, and, falling on his face, had burst asunder, and all his bowels gushed out; 19 and this was so generally known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that the field is called in their language, Akeldama, that is field of blood] 20 for it is written in the book of Psalms, "Let his fold be desolate, and let there be no inhabitant therein. And, His office let another take;" 21 It is necessary therefore, that one of these men who have accompanied us, during all the time that the Lord Jesus came in and went out over us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to the day on which he was taken up from us, should be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23 So they set up two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And having prayed, saying, "Thou, O Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, shew which of these two thou hast chosen 25 to take the share of this ministration and apostleship which Judas abandoned to go to his own place," 26 they cast lots; and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.