1The first book have I written, O Theophilus, concerning all the things which Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh began to do and teach 2until the day when He ascended, after He, through The Ru’akh HaKodesh, had given mitzvot to the Shlikhim whom He had chosen, 3the very ones to whom He had also shown Himself alive after He had suffered, with many wonders, during the forty days while appearing to them and talking with them concerning Malkhut HaElohim. 4And as He ate bread with them, He commanded them not to depart from Yerushalayim, but to wait for the promise of HaAv, the one of which you have heard from me. 5For, He said, “Yokhanan immersed with water; but you shall be immersed with The Ru’akh HaKodesh not many days hence.”
6While they were assembled, they asked Him, saying, “Adoneinu, will you at this time restore HaMalkhut to Yisra’el?” 7He said to them, “It is not for you to know the time or times which HaAv has put under His own authority; 8but when The Ru’akh HaKodesh comes upon you, you shall receive power, and you shall be witnesses to me both in Yerushalayim and in all Y’hudah, also in the province of Shomron, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.” 9And when He had spoken these things, He ascended while they were looking at Him; a cloud received Him and He was hidden from their sight. 10And while they looked steadfastly toward the heavens as He went up, behold two men stood by them in white robes; 11and they said to them, “Men of the Galil, why do you stand gazing up into the heavens? This same Yeshua who has ascended from you into the heavens shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him ascend into the heavens.”
12Then they returned to Yerushalayim from the mount which is called Beit HaZetim, which is near to Yerushalayim, about seven stadia away. 13And after they had entered into the city, they went into an upper room, where stayed Kefa, Yokhanan, and Ya’akov, and Andrai, and also Filipos and T’oma, and Matai and Bar Talmai, and Ya’akov Ben Khelfai, and Shimon HaKanai and Yehudah Ben Ya’akov. 14These all continued together in prayer with one accord, also the women, and Miryam the Mother of Yeshua, and His brothers.
15And in those days Shimon Kefa stood up in the midst of the Talmidim (there were there a number of men, about a hundred and twenty), and said, 16“Men and brethren, it was proper that the scripture should be fulfilled, that which The Ru’akh HaKodesh foretold by the mouth of David concerning Yehudah, who was guide to them that seized Yeshua. 17For he was numbered with us and had a lot in this ministry. 18He is the one who earned for himself a field with the price of sin; and falling headlong, he burst open in the midst and all his bowels gushed out. 19And this very thing is known to all who dwell in Yerushalayim; so that the field is called in the language of the country, Khakal-Dema which is to say, the field of blood. 20For it is written in the book of Tehillim, ‘Let his habitation be desolate, and let no one dwell in it; and let his ministry be taken by another man.’ 21It is necessary, therefore, that one of these men, who have been with us during all the time that Adoneinu Yeshua went in and out among us, 22beginning from the immersion of Yokhanan until the day He ascended from among us, become a partner with us as a witness of His resurrection.” 23So they appointed two: Yosef called Barshaba, who was surnamed Justus, and Mati-Yah. 24And as they prayed, they said, “O Adonai, You know what is in the hearts of all men; show which of these two You choose, 25that he may receive the lot to the ministry and the office of a Shali’akh, from which Yehudah has been relieved to go his own way.” 26Then they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Mati-Yah; and he was numbered with the eleven Shlikhim.
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