Whiston(i) 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 commandment to preach the Gospel 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 bymy mouth. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, which ye shall receive not many days hence. 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him saying, Lord, dost 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 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 my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 Add when he had spoken these things, a cloud received him, and he was taken out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven, as he was going, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 And they said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing? This same Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall socome, in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem, from the mount called the mount of Olives, which is near to Jerusalem, a sabbath-day's journey off. 13 And when they were come in[,] they went up into the upper room, where abode both Peter, John, and James, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James [the son] of Alpheus, Simon Zelotes, and Judas [the] Son of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer, with the women, and children, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brethren. 15 But in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, for the multitude of the names together were about an hundred and twenty. 16 Men, brethren, this scripture must needs be fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, who was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us, and who obtained the lot of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of his iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 Which also was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in [their] tongue, Aceldamach, that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book of psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no one dwell therein: and his office let another take. 21 Wherefore of these men who have companied with us, all the time that the Lord Jesus Christ went in and out among us. 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, until the day that he was taken up from us, must one of these be appointed to be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23 And they set up two, Joseph called Barnabas, who was sirnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, shew which one thou hast chosen out of these two. 25 That he may take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was admitted into the number of the twelve apostles.