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Acts 1

1 I indeed did the first account concerning everything, O Theophilos1, which Jesus began to be doing and teaching, 2 until which day, having commanded the apostles through the Holy Spirit whom he chose, he was taken up, 3 to whom he also presented himself zoe-living2 with many proofs after the [things] he suffered, appearing to them for forty days and saying [things] concerning the kingdom of God; 4 and assembling3 with [them] he commanded them to not be departing from Jerusalem, but to await the father's promise which you heard from me; 5 because John on the one hand baptized with4 water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit after these not many days. 6 Indeed therefore, having gathered, they were asking5 him saying: Lord, do you restore in this time the kingdom to Israel? 7 He said to them, It is not yours to know [the] time or [the] season6 which the father has established by his own authority, 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to7 the end of the earth8 . 9 And having said these [things], while they were watching he was taken up, and [a] cloud received him from their eyes. 10 And as they were looking intently into heaven while he was going, behold also two men stood by them in white clothing, 11 and they said: Galileean men, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, the [one] having been taken up from you into heaven, will thus come [to] what place you have beheld him going to heaven. 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain being called [Mount] of Olives, which is near Jerusalem having [a] Sabbath's travel. 15 And when they went in, they went up into the upper room where they were staying, who [were] Peter and John and James and Andrew, Phillip and Thomas, Bartholemew and Matthew, James [son] of Alphaius and Simon the Zealot and Judas [son]9 of James. 14 These all were persisting with one purpose in prayer with [the] women and Mariam the mother of Jesus and with his brothers.

15 And in these days Peter having stood in [the] midst of the brothers, [the] crowd from report was altogether [about] [a] hundred twenty, said: 16 Men, brothers, it was necessary the scripture be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit foretold through the mouth of David concerning Judas when he became leader of those arresting Jesus, 17 that he was counted among them and received the portion of this service. 18 This [one] indeed therefore acquired [a] field from [the] reward10 of injustice, and having become headlong, he burst apart midway, and all his guts were poured out. 19 And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem, so that this field was called in their own dialect Akeldamach, which is Field of Blood. 20 For it is written in [the] scroll of Psalms11,

Let12 his habitation become [a] wilderness
And let12 there not be [any] dwelling in it.


Let14 another receive his overseership.

21 It is therefore necessary from [among] those men having gathered to us in every time with whom the Lord Jesus went in and went out upon us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day which he was received up from us, witnesses of his resurrection with us, [for there] to come one from these. 23 And two stood, Joseph the [one] being called Barsabbas, who was named Justus, and Matthias. 24 And having prayed they said: You Lord, heart-knower of everyone, reveal which one of these two I should choose 25 to take the place of this service and apostleship, from which Judas turned aside to his own place. 26 And he gave them lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was added with the eleven apostles.

1means "lover of God"

2from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.

3or "eating"

4or "in"

5EROTAO (ερωταω) "Ask", but more polite, not demanding/begging as is AITEO. Both AITEO and EROTAO occur in John.16:26.

6KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'

7or "until"

8GE "GAY" (γη) "earth", "land" (remember that they didn't understand about the Earth being a planet floating in space yet), sometimes "ground" or "dirt".

9or "[brother]"

10or "treasure"