1 I wrote 1 the former 2 account, 3 Theophilus, 4 about all that Jesus began to do and teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, 5 after he had given orders 6 by 7 the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 To the same apostles 8 also, after his suffering, 9 he presented himself alive with many convincing proofs. He was seen by them over a forty-day period 10 and spoke about matters concerning the kingdom of God. 4 While he was with them, 11 he declared, 12 “Do not leave Jerusalem, 13 but wait there 14 for what my 15 Father promised, 16 which you heard about from me. 17 5 For 18 John baptized with water, but you 19 will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 So when they had gathered together, they began to ask him, 20 “Lord, is this the time when you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He told them, “You are not permitted to know 21 the times or periods that the Father has set 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 to the farthest parts 22 of the earth.” 9 After 23 he had said this, while they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 As 24 they were still staring into the sky while he was going, suddenly 25 two men in white clothing stood near them 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here 26 looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven 27 will come back in the same way you saw him go into heaven.”
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem 28 from the mountain 29 called the Mount of Olives 30 (which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey 31 away). 13 When 32 they had entered Jerusalem, 33 they went to the upstairs room where they were staying. Peter 34 and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James were there. 35 14 All these continued together in prayer with one mind, together with the women, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. 36 15 In those days 37 Peter stood up among the believers 38 (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty people) and said, 16 “Brothers, 39 the scripture had to be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit foretold through 40 David concerning Judas – who became the guide for those who arrested Jesus – 17 for he was counted as one of us and received a share in this ministry.” 41 18 (Now this man Judas 42 acquired a field with the reward of his unjust deed, 43 and falling headfirst 44 he burst open in the middle and all his intestines 45 gushed out. 19 This 46 became known to all who lived in Jerusalem, so that in their own language 47 they called that field 48 Hakeldama, that is, “Field of Blood.”) 20 “For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his house become deserted, 49 and let there be no one to live in it,’ 50 and ‘Let another take his position of responsibility.’ 51 21 Thus one of the men 52 who have accompanied us during all the time the Lord Jesus associated with 53 us, 22 beginning from his baptism by John until the day he 54 was taken up from us – one of these must become a witness of his resurrection together with us.” 23 So they 55 proposed two candidates: 56 Joseph called Barsabbas (also called Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, 57 “Lord, you know the hearts of all. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25 to assume the task 58 of this service 59 and apostleship from which Judas turned aside 60 to go to his own place.” 61 26 Then 62 they cast lots for them, and the one chosen was Matthias; 63 so he was counted with the eleven apostles. 64
2 Now 1 when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly 2 a sound 3 like a violent wind blowing 4 came from heaven 5 and filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And tongues spreading out like a fire 6 appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. 4 All 7 of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages 8 as the Spirit enabled them. 9
5 Now there were devout Jews 10 from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem. 11 6 When this sound 12 occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, 13 because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Completely baffled, they said, 14 “Aren’t 15 all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that each one of us hears them 16 in our own native language? 17 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, 18 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, 19 and visitors from Rome, 20 11 both Jews and proselytes, 21 Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done!” 22 12 All were astounded and greatly confused, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others jeered at the speakers, 23 saying, “They are drunk on new wine!” 24
14 But Peter stood up 25 with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed them: “You men of Judea 26 and all you who live in Jerusalem, 27 know this 28 and listen carefully to what I say. 15 In spite of what you think, these men are not drunk, 29 for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 30 16 But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel: 31
17 ‘And in the last days 32 it will be,’ God says,
‘that I will pour out my Spirit on all people, 33
and your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
and your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, 34 both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 35
19 And I will perform wonders in the sky 36 above
and miraculous signs 37 on the earth below,
blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
20 The sun will be changed to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the great and glorious 38 day of the Lord comes.
21 And then 39 everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ 40
22 “Men of Israel, 41 listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, 42 wonders, and miraculous signs 43 that God performed among you through him, just as you yourselves know – 23 this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed 44 by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles. 45 24 But God raised him up, 46 having released 47 him from the pains 48 of death, because it was not possible for him to be held in its power. 49 25 For David says about him,
‘I saw the Lord always in front of me, 50
for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced;
my body 51 also will live in hope,
27 because you will not leave my soul in Hades, 52
nor permit your Holy One to experience 53 decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of joy with your presence.’ 54
29 “Brothers, 55 I can speak confidently 56 to you about our forefather 57 David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 So then, because 58 he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants 59 on his throne, 60 31 David by foreseeing this 61 spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, 62 that he was neither abandoned to Hades, 63 nor did his body 64 experience 65 decay. 66 32 This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it. 67 33 So then, exalted 68 to the right hand 69 of God, and having received 70 the promise of the Holy Spirit 71 from the Father, he has poured out 72 what you both see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says,
‘The Lord said to my lord,
“Sit 73 at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies a footstool 74 for your feet.”’ 75
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know beyond a doubt 76 that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified 77 both Lord 78 and Christ.” 79
37 Now when they heard this, 80 they were acutely distressed 81 and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What should we do, brothers?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized 82 in the name of Jesus Christ 83 for 84 the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 85 39 For the promise 86 is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” 40 With many other words he testified 87 and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse 88 generation!” 41 So those who accepted 89 his message 90 were baptized, and that day about three thousand people 91 were added. 92
42 They were devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, 93 to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 94 43 Reverential awe 95 came over everyone, 96 and many wonders and miraculous signs 97 came about by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and held 98 everything in common, 45 and they began selling 99 their property 100 and possessions and distributing the proceeds 101 to everyone, as anyone had need. 46 Every day 102 they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, 103 breaking bread from 104 house to house, sharing their food with glad 105 and humble hearts, 106 47 praising God and having the good will 107 of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day 108 those who were being saved.
3 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time 1 for prayer, 2 at three o’clock in the afternoon. 3 2 And a man lame 4 from birth 5 was being carried up, who was placed at the temple gate called “the Beautiful Gate” every day 6 so he could beg for money 7 from those going into the temple courts. 8 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts, 9 he asked them for money. 10 4 Peter looked directly 11 at him (as did John) and said, “Look at us!” 5 So the lame man 12 paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, 13 but what I do have I give you. In the name 14 of Jesus Christ 15 the Nazarene, stand up and 16 walk!” 7 Then 17 Peter 18 took hold 19 of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man’s 20 feet and ankles were made strong. 21 8 He 22 jumped up, 23 stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts 24 with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 All 25 the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and they recognized him as the man who used to sit and ask for donations 26 at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with astonishment and amazement 27 at what had happened to him.
11 While the man 28 was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway 29 called Solomon’s Portico. 30 12 When Peter saw this, he declared to the people, “Men of Israel, 31 why are you amazed at this? Why 32 do you stare at us as if we had made this man 33 walk by our own power or piety? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 34 the God of our forefathers, 35 has glorified 36 his servant 37 Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected 38 in the presence of Pilate after he had decided 39 to release him. 14 But you rejected 40 the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed 41 the Originator 42 of life, whom God raised 43 from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses! 44 16 And on the basis of faith in Jesus’ 45 name, 46 his very name has made this man – whom you see and know – strong. The 47 faith that is through Jesus 48 has given him this complete health in the presence 49 of you all. 17 And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance, 50 as your rulers did too. 18 But the things God foretold 51 long ago through 52 all the prophets – that his Christ 53 would suffer – he has fulfilled in this way. 19 Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out, 20 so that times of refreshing 54 may come from the presence of the Lord, 55 and so that he may send the Messiah 56 appointed 57 for you – that is, Jesus. 21 This one 58 heaven must 59 receive until the time all things are restored, 60 which God declared 61 from times long ago 62 through his holy prophets. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey 63 him in everything he tells you. 64 23 Every person 65 who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed 66 from the people.’ 67 24 And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced 68 these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, 69 saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants 70 all the nations 71 of the earth will be blessed.’ 72 26 God raised up 73 his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning 74 each one of you from your iniquities.” 75