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Acts 1 Revised Geneva Translation (RGT)

I have made the first account, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began to do and teach

until the day He was taken up (after He, through the Holy Ghost, had given commandments to the Apostles whom He had chosen -

and to whom He presented Himself alive by many sure signs after He had suffered - being seen by them over forty days and speaking of those things concerning the Kingdom of God).

And when He had gathered them together, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said, “You have heard from Me.

“For John indeed baptized with water. But you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost within a few days.”

Therefore, when they had come together, they asked of Him, saying, “Lord, will You restore the Kingdom to Israel at this time?

And He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has put in place by His own authority.

“But you shall receive power of the Holy Ghost, when He shall come upon you. And you shall be witnesses to me, both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the outermost part of the earth.”

And when He had spoken these things, while they looked on, He was taken up. For a cloud took Him up out of their sight.

10 And as He went, while they were looking toward Heaven, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,

11 who also said, “You men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into Heaven? This Jesus Who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall also come as you have seen Him go into Heaven.”

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount that is called ‘Olivet’, which is near Jerusalem, being from it a Sabbath’s journey.

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

14 These all continued, with one mind, in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

15 And in those days, Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said (now the number of names that were in one place were about a hundred and twenty).

16 “You men, and brothers, this Scripture which the Holy Ghost, through David, spoke of Judas (guide to those who took Jesus) must have been fulfilled.

17 “For he was numbered with us and had obtained fellowship in this ministry.

18 “Therefore, he has purchased a field with the reward of iniquity. And when he had thrown himself down headlong, he burst asunder in the middle, and all his bowels gushed out.

19 “And it is known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, insomuch that that field is called, in their own language, ‘Akel Dama’, which means, ‘Field of Blood’.

20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms, ‘Let his house be empty, and let no one dwell therein.’ Also, ‘Let another take his position.’

21 “Therefore, of these men who have been with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

22 “beginning from the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us, one of them must be made a fellow witness of His resurrection.”

23 And they presented two: Joseph, called Barsabas (whose surname was Justus) and Matthias.

24 And they prayed, saying, “You Lord, Who knows the hearts of all, show us which of these two You have chosen,

25 “so that he may take the part of this ministry and Apostleship from which Judas has gone astray to go to his own place.”

26 Then they cast their lots. And the lot fell on Matthias. And he was counted with the eleven Apostles.

Revised Geneva Translation (RGT)

© 2019 by Five Talents Audio

Acts 1 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas

12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[c] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters,[d] the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”

18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)

20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:

“‘May his place be deserted;
    let there be no one to dwell in it,’[e]


“‘May another take his place of leadership.’[f]

21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”

23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.


  1. Acts 1:5 Or in
  2. Acts 1:5 Or in
  3. Acts 1:12 That is, about 5/8 mile or about 1 kilometer
  4. Acts 1:16 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 6:3; 11:29; 12:17; 16:40; 18:18, 27; 21:7, 17; 28:14, 15.
  5. Acts 1:20 Psalm 69:25
  6. Acts 1:20 Psalm 109:8
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