1I wrote the first narrative, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach1:1 Lk 1:3; 24:19
2until the day he was taken up, after he had given instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.1:2 Mt 28:19–20; Lk 24:47; Jn 20:21
The Holy Spirit Promised
4While he was1:4 Or he was eating, or he was lodging with them, he commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise.1:4 Lk 24:49; Jn 14:1; Ac 2:33 “Which,” he said, “you have heard me speak about;
6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?”
7He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.1:7 Mt 24:36; Mk 13:32; 1Th 5:1
9After he had said this, he was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
10While he was going, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them.1:10 Mt 28:13; Mk 16:5; Lk 24:4; Jn 20:12
United in Prayer
12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem — a Sabbath day’s journey away.
13When they arrived, they went to the room1:13 Ac 9:37,39; 20:8 upstairs where they were staying: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.1:13 Mt 10:2–4; Mk 3:16–19; Lk 6:14–16
15In those days Peter stood up among the brothers and sisters1:15 Other mss read disciples — the number of people who were together was about a hundred twenty — and said,
16“Brothers and sisters, it was necessary that the Scripture be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit through the mouth of David foretold about Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.1:16 Lk 22:37,47; 24:44; Jn 13:18; 18:3
18Now this man acquired a field with his unrighteous wages. He fell headfirst, his body burst open and his intestines spilled out.1:18 Mt 26:14–15; 27:5,7–8
19This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that in their own language that field is called Hakeldama (that is, “Field of Blood”).
20“For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
Let his dwelling become desolate;
let no one live in it; 1:20 Ps 69:25 and
21“Therefore, from among the men who have accompanied us during the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us —
23So they proposed two: Joseph, called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.1:23 Ac 15:22; 18:7
24Then they prayed,1:24 Ac 6:6; 13:3 “You, Lord, know everyone’s hearts; show which of these two you have chosen1:24 1Sm 16:7; Jr 17:10; Ac 15:8; Rv 2:23
25to take the place1:25 Other mss read to share in this apostolic ministry1:25 Rm 1:5; 1Co 9:2; Gl 2:8 that Judas left to go where he belongs.”
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