Acts 1:1-26 (KJV)
[1] The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus,
of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

[2] Until the day in which he was taken up,
after that he through the Holy Ghost had
given commandments unto the apostles
whom he had chosen:

[3] To whom also he shewed himself alive after
his passion by many infallible proofs, being
seen of them forty days, and speaking of the
things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

[4] And, being assembled together with them,
commanded them that they should not depart
from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise
of the Father, which, saith he, ye have
heard of me.

[5] For John truly baptized with water; but ye
shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost
not many days hence.

[6] When they therefore were come together, they
asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this
time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

[7] And he said unto them, It is not for you to know
the times or the seasons, which the Father hath
put in his own power.

[8] But ye shall receive power, after that the
Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be
witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in
all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the
uttermost part of the earth.

[9] And when he had spoken these things, while
they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud
received him out of their sight.

[10] And while they looked stedfastly toward
heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood
by them in white apparel;

[11] Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why
stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same
Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven,
shall so come in like manner as ye have
seen him go into heaven.

[12] Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the
mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem
a sabbath day's journey.

[13] And when they were come in, they went up into
an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James,
and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas,
Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus,
and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.

[14] These all continued with one accord in prayer
and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother
of Jesus, and with his brethren.

[15] And in those days Peter stood up in the midst
of the disciples, and said, (the number of names
together were about an hundred and twenty,)

[16] Men and brethren, this scripture must needs
have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the
mouth of David spake before concerning Judas,
which was guide to them that took Jesus.

[17] For he was numbered with us, and had
obtained part of this ministry.

[18] Now this man purchased a field with the
reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he
burst asunder in the midst, and all his
bowels gushed out.

[19] And it was known unto all the dwellers at
Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called
in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is
to say, The field of blood.

[20] For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let
his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell
therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

[21] Wherefore of these men which have companied
with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went
in and out among us,

[22] Beginning from the baptism of John, unto
that same day that he was taken up from us,
must one be ordained to be a witness with
us of his resurrection.

[23] And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas,
who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

[24] And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which
knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether
of these two thou hast chosen,

[25] That he may take part of this ministry and
apostleship, from which Judas by transgression
fell, that he might go to his own place.

[26] And they gave forth their lots; and the lot
fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with
the eleven apostles.

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