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Acts 1:1-26

Jesus Is Taken Up Into Heaven

1Theophilus, I wrote about Jesus in my earlier book. I wrote about all he did and taught 2until the day he was taken up to heaven. Before Jesus left, he gave orders to the apostles he had chosen. He did this through the Holy Spirit. 3After his suffering and death, he appeared to them. In many ways he proved that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of 40 days. During that time he spoke about God’s kingdom. 4One day Jesus was eating with them. He gave them a command. “Do not leave Jerusalem,” he said. “Wait for the gift my Father promised. You have heard me talk about it. 5John baptized with water. But in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

6Then the apostles gathered around Jesus and asked him a question. “Lord,” they said, “are you going to give the kingdom back to Israel now?”

7He said to them, “You should not be concerned about times or dates. The Father has set them by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will tell people about me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria. And you will even tell other people about me from one end of the earth to the other.”

9After Jesus said this, he was taken up to heaven. The apostles watched until a cloud hid him from their sight.

10While he was going up, they kept on looking at the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothing stood beside them. 11“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking at the sky? Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven. But he will come back in the same way you saw him go.”

Matthias Is Chosen to Take the Place of Judas Iscariot

12The apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives. It is just over half a mile from the city. 13When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Here is a list of those who were there.

Peter, John, James and Andrew,

Philip and Thomas,

Bartholomew and Matthew,

James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas son of James

14They all came together regularly to pray. The women joined them too. So did Jesus’ mother Mary and his brothers.

15In those days Peter stood up among the believers. About 120 of them were there. 16Peter said, “Brothers and sisters, a long time ago the Holy Spirit spoke through David. He spoke about Judas Iscariot. What the Scripture said would happen had to come true. Judas was the guide for the men who arrested Jesus. 17But Judas was one of us. He shared with us in our work for God.”

18Judas bought a field with the payment he received for the evil thing he had done. He fell down headfirst in the field. His body burst open. All his insides spilled out. 19Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this. So they called that field Akeldama. In their language, Akeldama means the Field of Blood.

20Peter said, “Here is what is written in the Book of Psalms. It says,

“ ‘May his home be deserted.

May no one live in it.’ (Psalm 69:25)

The Psalms also say,

“ ‘Let someone else take his place as leader.’ (Psalm 109:8)

21So we need to choose someone to take his place. It will have to be a man who was with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us. 22That time began when John was baptizing. It ended when Jesus was taken up from us. The one we choose must join us in telling people that Jesus rose from the dead.”

23So they suggested the names of two men. One was Joseph, who was called Barsabbas. He was also called Justus. The other man was Matthias. 24Then the believers prayed. They said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen. 25Show us who should take the place of Judas as an apostle. He gave up being an apostle to go where he belongs.” 26Then they cast lots. Matthias was chosen. So he was added to the 11 apostles.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Asomafo 1:1-26

Asafo No Mfiase

1Mʼadamfo pa Teofilo, me nhoma a edi kan a mekyerɛw wo no mu no, mekaa Yesu nnwuma a ɔyɛe ne ne nkyerɛkyerɛ 2kosi bere a Onyankopɔn bɛfaa no kɔɔ ɔsoro no ho asɛm. Ansa na wɔrebɛfa no akɔ ɔsoro no, ɔnam Honhom Kronkron tumi so kyerɛkyerɛɛ nʼasuafo no. 3Ne wusɔre akyi no, ɔtenaa asase so adaduanan, yii ne ho adi mpɛn pii kyerɛɛ nʼasuafo no de kyerɛɛ wɔn se, ampa, ɔte ase. Ɔkaa Onyankopɔn ahenni ho asɛm nso kyerɛɛ wɔn. 4Da bi a ɔne wɔn redidi no ɔhyɛɛ wɔn se, “Mummfi Yerusalem, na montwɛn akyɛde a mʼAgya ahyɛ mo ho bɔ a maka ho asɛm akyerɛ mo no. 5Yohane de, ɔde nsu na ɛbɔɔ asu, nanso mo de ɛrenkyɛ, wɔde Honhom Kronkron no bɛbɔ mo asu.”

Yesu Sorokɔ

6Asuafo no nyinaa ne Yesu hyiaa mu no, wobisaa no se, “Awurade, bere yi mu na wode ahenni no bɛba Israel ana?”

7Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Ɛho nhia sɛ mubehu bere a Agya no nam ne tumi so ahyehyɛ ato hɔ no. 8Na sɛ Honhom Kronkron no ba mo so a, mubenya tumi na moayɛ me nnansefo wɔ Yerusalem ne Yudea nyinaa ne Samaria de kosi asase ano.”

9Ɔkasa wiee no asuafo no huu no sɛ ɔnam omununkum mu rekɔ ɔsoro na wɔanhu no bio.

10Wogu so rehwɛ wim no, amono mu hɔ ara mmarima baanu bi a wɔhyehyɛ ntade fitafitaa begyinaa wɔn nkyɛn, 11kae se, “Mo mmarima a mufi Galilea, adɛn nti na mugyina ha rehwɛ wim? Yesu a wɔafa no afi mo nkyɛn kɔ ɔsoro no, sɛnea osi kɔɔ ɔsoro no, saa ara na ɔbɛsan aba.”

Woyi Matia Sɛ Yuda Nanmusin

12Eyi akyi no, asuafo no fii Ngo Bepɔw no so baa Yerusalem. Efi Ngo Bepɔw no so ba Yerusalem no bɛyɛ kilomita baako ne fa. 13Woduu hɔ no, wɔkɔɔ ɔdan bi a na ɛwɔ aban a na wɔte so mu. Nnipa a na wɔwɔ hɔ no ne:

Petro, Yohane, Yakobo ne Andrea;

Filipo, Toma,

Bartolomeo, Mateo,

Alfeo ba Yakobo, Simon Seloteni ne Yakobo ba Yuda.

14Na saa asuafo yi nyinaa taa ne mmea bi te sɛ Yesu ne na Maria ne Yesu nuabarimanom hyia bɔ mpae.

15Nna kakraa bi akyi no gyidifo no a wɔn dodow bɛyɛ sɛ ɔha aduonu no hyiae na Petro sɔre kasae se: 16Me nuanom, ɛsɛ sɛ nkɔm a Honhom Kronkron no nam Dawid so hyɛ faa Yuda ho sɛ ɛnam ne so na wɔbɛkyere Yesu no ba mu. 17Yɛn a Yesu yii yɛn no, na Yuda nso ka yɛn ho wɔ ɔsom no mu.

18(Sika a Yuda nya fii ade bɔne a ɔyɛe no mu no, wɔde tɔɔ asase wɔ faako a owui hɔ. Ɔtew bɛhwee fam ma ne mu pae maa ne nsono tu guu so. 19Nnipa a na wɔte Yerusalem nyinaa tee saa asɛm no, wɔtoo asase no din wɔ wɔn ankasa kasa mu se Hekeldama a nkyerɛase ne, Mogya Asase.)

20Petro toaa so kae se, “Wɔakyerɛw wɔ Dawid nhoma mu se,

“ ‘Ne fi nyɛ amamfo,

na ɔfoforo nsi nʼanan mu.’

21Enti ɛsɛ sɛ yeyi nnipa a yɛne wɔn nantew bere a na Yesu ne yɛn di akɔneaba no nyinaa, 22fi Yohane asubɔ adwuma no so de kosi bere a wɔfaa Yesu fii yɛn nkyɛn kɔɔ ɔsoro no, efisɛ ɛsɛ sɛ saa nnipa no mu baako bɛka yɛn ho ne yɛn di Yesu wusɔre no ho adanse.”

23Woyii nnipa baanu. Ɔbaako din de Yosef a na wɔfrɛ no Barsaba,1.23 Ase ne “Homeda babarima.” Saa din yi yɛ Yudafo Kristofo adikanfo baanu bi din. Wɔn mu baako ne Yosef. Nea ɔto so abien ne Yuda a na ɔyɛ odiyifo wɔ Yerusalem. Ɔne Sila na wɔsomaa wɔn kɔɔ Antiokia. (15.22,32). na wɔtaa frɛ no Yusto nso. Nea na ɔka ho no nso din de Matia. 24Afei asuafo no bɔɔ mpae se, “Awurade, wunim obiara koma mu. Ɛno nti kyerɛ yɛn nnipa baanu yi mu nea woayi no 25sɛ ommesi Yuda a wanya ne baabi kɔ no anan mu mmɛyɛ asomafodwuma no.” 26Afei asuafo no bɔɔ wɔn so ntonto maa esii Matia. Enti wɔfaa no kaa asomafo dubaako no ho.