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A PERSONAL TRANSLATION
The Book of Acts
Chapter One1 I made the former account, O Theophilus, about everything that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day in which he was taken up after he had given commandments through Athe Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 To whom, after he had suffered, he also presented himself alive by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking about the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
A. A word in italics indicates a word added by the translator and so, throughout the book. It is not in the original Greek.
And being assembled together with them, he
commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father's promise,
have heard from me. 5
For John truly immersed in water, but you*
will be immersed in the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
6Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord are you at this time restoring the kingdom to Israel?"
7And he said to them, "it is not for you* to know times or periods that the Father has placed in his own authority. 8 But you* will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you*; and you* will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
9And when he had said these things, he was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while he was going up, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothing stood by them 11 who also said, "men of Galilee, why do you* stand gazing up into heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you* into heaven, will come in the same way that you* have seen him going into heaven."
12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain called Olives, which is near Jerusalem - a Sabbath journey. 13 When they had entered, they went up into the upstairs room where they were staying: Peter, AJacob, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; AJacob son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas son of AJacob.
A. Greek "Jakobos" or Jacob. Usually translated James.
14All these were persevering in prayer with one mind, with the women, including AMary Jesus' mother, and his brothers.
A. Greek: "Maria," O.T. Mariam.
15And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of Anames was about one hundred twenty), and said, 16 "Men, brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke before through David's mouth about Judas, who became a guide to those who took Jesus; 17 for this reason he was one of our number and obtained a part in this area of service. 18 Now this man acquired a field with his wages of injustice; and falling headfirst, he burst open in the middle, and all his intestines poured out. 19 And this became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that in their own language that field is called Akeldama; that is, Field of Blood. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms: 'Let his dwelling become desolate; let no one live in it; and let someone else take his office.'"
A. i.e. persons
21"Therefore, from among the men who have accompanied us during all the time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us - 22 beginning from the immersion of John until that day when he was taken up from us - from among these, it is necessary that one of these become a witness with us of his resurrection."
23And they proposed two: Joseph, called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, "You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two you have chosen 25 to take part in this area of service and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place." 26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was Anumbered with the eleven apostles.
A. Or, assigned a place with; i.e., he was taken into their number.
1And when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one mind in one place. 2 And suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues, like fire appeared to them and Arested on each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability to speak.
A. Literally "sat down."
5And there were Jews residing in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd gathered together and was confused because each one heard them speaking in his own dialect. 7 And they were all amazed and wondered, saying to each other, "Look, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we were each hearing in our own dialect in which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and those residing in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya down from Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs; we hear them speaking in our own languages the wonderful acts of God." 12 And they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What could the purpose of this be?" 13 Others sneering said, "They are full of sweet wine."
14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice, and declared to them: "Men of Judea and all who reside in Jerusalem, let this be known to you* and listen to my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you* suppose, since it is the Athird hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 17B'And it will come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your* sons and your* daughters will prophesy, your* young men will see visions, your* old men will dream dreams. 18 And I will pour out my Spirit in those days on my male slaves and on my female slaves, and they will prophesy. 19 And I will display wonders in the heaven above and signs down on the earth: Blood and fire and a cloud of smoke. 20 The sun will be changed into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the day of the Lord - Cthe great and memorable. 21 And it shall be that whoever may appeal to the name of the Lord will be delivered.'"
A. i.e. 9 a.m.
B. Joel 2:28-32
C. Or, "the great and memorable day."
22"Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man confirmed to you* by God with works of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you*, as you* yourselves also know. 23 This one, being delivered up according to God's determined plan and foreknowledge, you* have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 whom God raised up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says to him: A'I saw the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand, in order that I should not be shaken. 26 Through this my heart rejoices, and my tongue exults; moreover my flesh will rest in hope. 27 For you will not leave my soul in the unseen realm of the deadB, nor will you allow your holy one to see decay. 28 You have made the ways of life known to me; You will fill me with gladness in your presence.'"
A. Psalm 16:8-11 quoted from the Greek Septuagint.
B. The Phrase "the unseen realm of the dead" translates the Greek word "Hades", and so throughout this book.
29"Men, brothers, let me confidently speak to you* about the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of his offspring, he would raise up the AChrist to sit on his throne; 31 he, seeing this in advance, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ: BThat his soul was not left in the unseen realm of the dead, nor did his Cflesh experience decay.'"
A. Or, "annointed," or, "Annointed One."
B. Psalm 16:10.
C. Or, "physical body."
32"This Jesus, God has raised up. Of this we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore, being elevated to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this which you now see and hear. 34 For it was not David who ascended into the heavens, but he himself says: A'The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand, 35 until I make your enemies your footstool.'"
A. Psalm 68:10
36"Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you* crucified both Lord and Christ."
37Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: "Men, brothers, what shall we do?"
38Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you* be immersed Aon the name of Jesus the Christ Binto the Cremission of sins. Also you* will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, 39 for the promise is for you* and for your* children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call." 40 And with many other words he testified and admonished them, saying, "Be saved from this warped generation."
A. Greek epi; literally "upon." They were baptized upon the name or authority of Jesus the anointed one.
B. i.e. into the sphere of.
C. or, forgiveness.
41Then those who gladly received his word were immersed; and that day about three thousand souls were added. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' teaching and sharing in common, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43And fear came over every soul, and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.
44Now all the believers were together and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and properties, and distributed the proceeds to each person, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing every day with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord Akept on adding to the Bcongregation those who were being saved.
A. Imperfect Active.
B. Literally "the called out." Also can be translated "congregation" or "assembly." This word can be used of any assembly or congregation of people called out for a special purpose. Translated "church" in most English translations.
Now Peter and John were going up together to the
temple at the hour of prayer, the Aninth
And a certain man who was crippled from his mother's womb was being carried,
whom they were placing every day at the temple gate called Beautiful, so he
could keep begging alms from those who were entering the temple,
seeing Peter and John about to enter the temple, kept on asking for alms.
But Peter, along with John, having looked
intently toward him, said, "Look at us."
5 So he
gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Peter said, "I do not have silver and gold, but what I do have, this I give to
you: In the name of Jesus Christ, the Nazarene, get up and keep on
And taking him by the right hand, he raised
him up. And instantly his feet and ankles became strong.
jumping up, he stood and started walking around! And he entered the temple with
them - walking around, jumping and praising God.
9 And all
the people saw him walking around and praising God,
and they recognized that it was he who had
been sitting for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple. And they
were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
11 Now while the crippled man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people, greatly amazed, ran together toward them in what is called Solomon's porch. 12 Now when Peter saw this, he responded to the people: "Men, Israelites! Why are you* amazed at this? Or why are you* looking so intently at us as if by our own power or piety we have enabled him to be walking around?" 13 The God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you* indeed handed over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14 But you* denied the holy one and just one, and requested a man, a murderer, to be given to you*. 15 And you* killed the originator of life, whom God raised up from among the dead; we are witnesses of this. 16 And upon the faith in his name, his name made this man whom you* see and know strong. The faith which is through him, gave to him this complete soundness in front of all of you*.
17 And now brethren, I know that you* acted in ignorance, just as your* rulers also did. 18 But what God announced before through the mouth of all his prophets that the Christ would suffer, he has fulfilled in this way. 19 Therefore repent and turn again, so that your* sins may be erased, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and he may send the one who has been appointed - Jesus Christ, 21 whom heaven is indeed bound to receive until the times of restoration of all things of which God spoke by the mouth of all his holy prophets from the earliest age. 22 For Moses indeed said to the fathers, 'The Lord your* God will raise up for you* a prophet like me from among your* brethren. You* shall listen to him in all things - whatever he may say to you.*' 23 And it will be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be completely destroyed from among the people. 24 And indeed all the prophets from Samuel and the subsequent ones, as many as have spoken, also announced these days beforehand. 25 You* are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed all the families of the earth will be blessed.' 26 God, having raised up his servant Jesus, sent him to you* first, to bless you*, in turning each one of you from your* wicked ways."