1 Truly, I made the first history, O Theophilus, concerning all things which Jesus began both to do and to teach, 2 from the day on which, having given commandment through the Holy Ghost to the apostles whom He had chosen, He was received up. 3 To whom He also, after He suffered, manifested Himself alive in many testimonials, being seen by them forty days, and speaking the things concerning the kingdom of God:
4 and being assembled together with them, He commanded them, Not to depart from Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father which ye heard from me; 5 that John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 Therefore indeed having assembled, they asked Him saying, Lord, do you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?
7 He said to them; It is not your province, to know the times or seasons, which the Father placed in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost having come upon you, and shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and all Judea, and in Samaria, and into the extremity of the earth.
9 And having spoken these words, they looking, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him from their eyes. 10 And while they were gazing up into the heaven, He going, and behold, two men stood by them in white garments, who also said, 11 Ye Galilean men, why stand you looking up into the heaven? this same Jesus, the One having been received up into the heaven, will so come in the manner in which you saw Him going up into the heaven.
12 Then they returned into Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, being a journey of a Sabbath day. 13 And when they came in, they went up into the upper room, where Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alpheus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James, were abiding.
14 They were all persevering of one accord in prayer along with the women, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.
15 And during those days, Peter standing up in the midst of the brethren, said (and the number of names were about one hundred and twenty), 16 Men, brethren, it behooved the scripture which the Holy Ghost predicted through the mouth of David concerning Judas, the one becoming leader to those arresting Jesus, to be fulfilled; 17 because he was numbered among us and received the lot of this ministry. 18 Then indeed he purchased a field by the reward of iniquity, and falling headlong, burst asunder in the middle, and all his bowels burst out; 19 which indeed was known to all those dwelling at Jerusalem, so that field, in their own dialect, is called Acheldamach; that is, field of blood. 20 For it has been written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let there be no one dwelling in it, and let another take his pastorate.
21 Therefore the men having come together with us all the time in which the Lord Jesus came in unto us and went out, 22 beginning from the baptism of John, until the day on which He was taken up from us, it behooveth one of these to be witness of His resurrection along with us.
23 And they nominated two, Joseph, called Barsabas who was called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And praying they said, Thou, O Lord, Heart-searcher of all, show up the one of these two, whom thou hast chosen 25 to receive the place of this ministry and apostleship from which Judas departed to go into his own place. 26 And they gave lots for them, and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.