1The first account, O The‧oph′i‧lus, I composed about all the things Jesus started both to do and to teach,2until the day that he was taken up, after he had given commandment through holy spirit to the apostles whom he chose.3To these also by many positive proofs he showed himself alive after he had suffered, being seen by them throughout forty days and telling the things about the kingdom of God.4And while he was meeting with them he gave them the orders: “Do not withdraw from Jerusalem, but keep waiting for what the Father has promised, about which YOU heard from me;5because John, indeed, baptized with water, but YOU will be baptized in holy spirit not many days after this.”
6When, now, they had assembled, they went asking him: “Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?”7He said to them: “It does not belong to YOU to get knowledge of the times or seasons which the Father has placed in his own jurisdiction;8but YOU will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon YOU, and YOU will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Ju‧de′a and Sa‧mar′i‧a and to the most distant part of the earth.”9And after he had said these things, while they were looking on, he was lifted up and a cloud caught him up from their vision.10And as they were gazing into the sky while he was on his way, also, look! two men in white garments stood alongside them,11and they said: “Men of Gal′i‧lee, why do YOU stand looking into the sky? This Jesus who was received up from YOU into the sky will come thus in the same manner as YOU have beheld him going into the sky.”
12Then they returned to Jerusalem from a mountain called the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem, being a sabbath day’s journey away.13So, when they had entered, they went up into the upper chamber, where they were staying, Peter as well as John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bar‧thol′o‧mew and Matthew, James [the son] of Al‧phae′us and Simon the zealous one, and Judas [the son] of James.14With one accord all these were persisting in prayer, together with some women and Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brothers.
15Now during these days Peter rose up in the midst of the brothers and said (the crowd of persons was all together about one hundred and twenty):16“Men, brothers, it was necessary for the scripture to be fulfilled, which the holy spirit spoke beforehand by David’s mouth about Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus,17because he had been numbered among us and he obtained a share in this ministry.18(This very man, therefore, purchased a field with the wages for unrighteousness, and pitching head foremost he noisily burst in his midst and all his intestines were poured out.19It also became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that that field was called in their language A‧kel′da‧ma, that is, Field of Blood.)20For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his lodging place become desolate, and let there be no dweller in it,’ and, ‘His office of oversight let someone else take.’21It is therefore necessary that of the men that assembled with us during all the time in which the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,22starting with his baptism by John and until the day he was received up from us, one of these men should become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
23So they put up two, Joseph called Bar′sab‧bas, who was surnamed Justus, and Mat‧thi′as.24And they prayed and said: “You, O Jehovah, who know the hearts of all, designate which one of these two men you have chosen,25to take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas deviated to go to his own place.”26So they cast lots over them, and the lot fell upon Mat‧thi′as; and he was reckoned along with the eleven apostles.