THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
written by Saint Luke the Evangelist who was present at the doings of them.
Acts, Chapter 1

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The first Chapter.

In the former treatise (Dear friend Theophilus) I have written of all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day in the which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost, had given commandments unto the apostles, which he had chosen: to whom also he showed himself alive, after his passion by many tokens, appearing unto them forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God, and gathered them together, and commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem: but to wait for the promise of the Father, whereof you have heard of me. For John baptized with water: but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, and that within this few days. When they were come together, they asked of him saying: Lord wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said to them: It is not for you to know the times, or the seasons which the Father has put in his own power: but you shall receive power of the Holy Ghost which shall come on you. And you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Jewry and in Samaria, and even unto the world’s end.

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up, and a cloud received him up out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly up to heaven as he went, behold two men stood by them in white apparel, which also said: you men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, even as you have seen him go into heaven.

Then returned they unto Jerusalem from mount Olivet, which is nigh to Jerusalem, containing a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they were come in, they went up into a parlor, where abode both Peter and James, John and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas James’s son. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples and said (the number of names that were together, were about an hundred and twenty) You men and brethren, this scripture must have needs been fulfilled which the Holy Ghost through the mouth of David spoke before of Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us and had obtained fellowship in this ministration. And the same has now possessed a plot of ground with the reward of iniquity, and when he was hanged, burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it is known unto all the inhabiters of Jerusalem: insomuch that that field is called in their mother tongue, Akeldama, that is to say, the blood field.

Shew whether of these two —Show which one of these two.

NT Greek:   αναδειξον ον εξελεξω εκ τουτων των δυο ενα

Lexicon: αναδεικνυμι   show clearly, reveal; appoint.   εκλεγομαι   choose, select   ενα   one.

It is written in the book of Psalms: His habitation be void, and no man be dwelling therein: and his bishopric let another take. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us, all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning at the baptism of John unto the same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to bear witness with us of his resurrection.

Matthias

And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabbas (whose surname was Justus) and Matthias. And they prayed saying: You Lord which know the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two you have chosen that the one may take the room of this ministration, and apostleship from the which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.

 

 

THE ACTES of the APOSTLES
wrytten by Saynte Luke Evangelist which was present at the doynges of them.

The fyrst Chapter.

In the former treatise (Deare frende Theophilus) I have written of all that Iesus beganne to do and teache, vntyll the daye in the which he was taken vp, after that he thorowe the Holy Goost, had geven commaundementes vnto the apostles, which he had chosen: to whom also he shewed himselfe alyve, after his passion by many tokens, apperynge vnto them fourty dayes, and speakynge of the kyngdome of God, and gaddered them togeder, and commaunded them, that they shuld not departe from Ierusalem: but to wayte for the promys of the Father, wherof ye have herde of me. For Iohn baptised with water: but ye shal be baptised with the Holy Goost, and that within this feawe dayes. When they were come togedder, they axed of him sayinge: Lorde wilt thou at this tyme restore agayne the kyngdome to Israel? And he sayde vnto them: It is not for you to knowe the tymes, or the seassons which the Father hath put in his awne power: but ye shall receave power of the Holy Goost which shall come on you. And ye shall be witnesses vnto me in Ierusalem, and in all Iewrye and in Samary, and even vnto the worldes ende.

And when he had spoken these thinges, whyll they behelde, he was taken vp, and a cloude receaved him vp out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly vp to heaven as he went, beholde two men stode by them in white apparell, which also sayde: ye men of Galile, why stonde ye gasinge vp into heaven? This same Iesus which is taken vp from you into heaven, shall so come, even as ye have sene him goo into heaven.

Then returned they vnto Ierusalem from mount Olivete, which is nye to Ierusalem, conteyninge a saboth dayes iorney. And when they were come in, they went vp into a parler, where abode both Peter and Iames, Iohn and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartlemew and Mathew, Iames the sonne of Alpheus, and Simon Zelotes, and Iudas Iames sonne. These all continued with one acorde in prayer and supplicacion with the wemen and Mary the mother of Iesu, and with his brethren.

And in those dayes Peter stode vp in the myddes of the disciples and sayde (the noumbre of names that were together, were aboute an hondred and twenty) Ye men and brethren, this scripture must have nedes ben fulfilled which the Holy Goost thorow the mouth of David spake before of Iudas, which was gyde to them that tooke Iesus. For he was noumbred with vs and had obtayned fellouship in this ministracion. And the same hath now possessed a plot of grounde with the rewarde of iniquite, and when he was hanged, brast asondre in the myddes, and all his bowels gusshed oute. And it is knowen vnto all the inhabiters of Ierusalem: insomoche that that felde is called in their mother tonge, Acheldama, that is to saye, the bloud felde.

It is written in the boke of Psalmes: His habitacion be voyde, and no man be dwellinge therin: and his bisshoprycke let another take. Wherfore of these men which have companyed with vs, all the tyme that the Lorde Iesus went in and out amonge vs, begynninge at the baptyme of Iohn vnto the same daye that he was taken vp from vs, must one be ordeyned to beare witnes with vs of his resurreccion.

And they appoyntd two, Ioseph called Barsabas (whose syrname was Iustus) and Mathias. And they prayed sayinge: thou Lorde which knowest the hertes of all men, shewe whether of these two thou hast chosen that the one maye take the roume of this ministracion, and apostleshippe from the which Iudas by transgression fell, that he myght go to his awne place. And they gave forthe their lottes, and the lot fell on Mathias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.