Acts 1 New American Standard Bible

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

1 1  The first account I [1]composed , Theophilus , about all that Jesus began to do and teach , 2  until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had [2]by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen . 3  To [3]these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering , by many convincing proofs , appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God . 4  [4]Gathering them together , He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem , but to wait for [5] what the Father had promised , "Which ," He said, "you heard of from Me; 5  for John baptized with water , but you will be baptized [6]with the Holy Spirit [7] not many days from now e ."

The Ascension

6  So when they had come together , they were asking Him, saying , "Lord , is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel ?" 7  He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority ; 8  but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem , and in all Judea and Samaria , and even to the remotest part of the earth ." 9  And after He had said these things , He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight . 10  And as they were gazing intently into [8]the sky while He was going , behold , two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11  They also said , " Men of Galilee , why do you stand looking into [9]the sky ? This Jesus , who has been taken up from you into heaven , will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven ."

Judas' Successor Chosen

12  Then they returned to Jerusalem from the [10] mount called [11]Olivet , which is near Jerusalem , a [12]Sabbath day's journey away. 13  When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying ; that is, Peter and John and [13]James and Andrew , Philip and Thomas , Bartholomew and Matthew , [13]James the son of Alphaeus , and Simon the Zealot , and Judas the [15]son of [13]James . 14  These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer , along with the women , and Mary the mother of Jesus , and with His brothers .

15  [17]At this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty [18]persons was there together e e ), and said , 16  "Brethren e , the Scripture had to be fulfilled , which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas , who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus . 17  "For he was counted among us and received his share in this ministry ." 18  (Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness , and falling headlong , he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. 19  And it became known to all who were living in Jerusalem ; so that in their own language that field was called Hakeldama , that is, Field of Blood .) 20  "For it is written in the book of Psalms , ' LET HIS HOMESTEAD BE MADE DESOLATE , AND LET NO ONE DWELL IN IT'; and, ' LET ANOTHER MAN TAKE HIS [19]OFFICE .' 21  "Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out [20]among us- 22  beginning [21]with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us-one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection ." 23  So they put forward two men , Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus ), and Matthias . 24  And they prayed and said , "You, Lord , who know the hearts of all men , show which one of these two You have chosen 25  to [22]occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place ." 26  And they [23] drew lots for them, and the lot fell [24]to Matthias ; and he was [25]added to the eleven apostles .


[1] 1:1 Lit "made"

[2] 1:2 Or "through"

[3] 1:3 Lit "whom"

[4] 1:4 Or "eating with;" or "lodging with"

[5] 1:4 Lit "the promise of the Father"

[6] 1:5 Or "in"

[7] 1:5 Lit "not" long "after these many days"

[8] 1:10 Or "heaven"

[9] 1:11 Or "heaven"

[10] 1:12 Or "hill"

[11] 1:12 Or "Olive Grove"

[12] 1:12 I.e. 2K cubits, or approx 3/5 mile

[13] 1:13 Or "Jacob"

[14] 1:13 Or "Jacob"

[15] 1:13 Or "brother"

[16] 1:13 Or "Jacob"

[17] 1:15 Lit "In these days"

[18] 1:15 Lit "names"

[19] 1:20 Lit "position as overseer"

[20] 1:21 Lit "to us"

[21] 1:22 Lit "from"

[22] 1:25 Lit "take the place of"

[23] 1:26 Lit "gave"

[24] 1:26 Or "upon"

[25] 1:26 Lit "voted together with"

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