Acts of the Apostles
1. The first letter I wrote you, O, theologian*, was about all the things Maran Eashoa did and taught,
2. Until the day in which he ascended, after he commanded the apostles, those that he chose by the Holy Spirit.
3. Those to whom he also showed himself while alive after he Sorrowed, through many signs during the Forty days, as he appeared to them and told them about the Kingdom of Allaha.
4. And as he ate bread with them, he instructed them, "Do not abandon Jerusalem,* except hold fast to the calling from the Father, which you have heard from me,
5. "That John baptized by water, and you will baptize by the Holy Spirit, after not too many days."
6. Those that gathered, however, asked him, saying to him, "Maran, are you at this time* going to return the kingdom to Israel?"
7. He told them, "It is not for you to know that time* or the ages*, these the Father designates* through his own authority.
8. "Except, the Holy Spirit shall come upon you, you shall receive Power and you will witness for me in Jerusalem and all of Judea, and also in the land of Samaritans, and to the outskirts of the earth."
9. And as he said these things, they saw him ascend, and the cloud received him and he disappeared* from their eyes.
10. And as they gazed at the sky, as he left, two men appeared* standing amongst them in white clothing.
11. And they said to them, "Men of Galilee, why are you standing and gazing at the sky? This Eashoa that went up from you into heaven, will likewise come to you just as you saw him ascend to heaven."
12. And afterwards they set off for Jerusalem, from the mountain that is called Mount of Olives, which is by Jerusalem and away from it by about seven stadia*.
13. And after they entered, they went up to the upper chamber, they were Simon Keepa [Peter*] and John and James and Andrew and Philip and Thomas and Matthew and Bartholomew and James Son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot and Judah son of James.
14. These, all of them, united* in prayer as one spirit, together with the women and with Mary mother of Eashoa, and with his brethren.
15. And in those days, Simon the Rock* stood in the middle of the disciples. There was a gathering of people of about one hundred and twenty people there, and he said,
16. "Brethren,* it was sanctified that Scripture should be fulfilled, which beforehand the Holy Spirit declared through the mouth of David, regarding Judah, who was the leader of those who arrested Eashoa.
17. "Because of that he was with us, and his lot was that he should perform this requiem.
18. "He is the one who earned himself the wages of sin, and fell flat on his face, his belly split open and his guts spilled out on the ground.*
19. "And this is known by everyone who lives in Jerusalem. And that is why that field is called in the language of the land, Field of Blood, which is translated country of blood.
20. "For it is written in the Book* of Psalms,
'His abode will be desolate,
and no one will reside in it,
and someone else will bury him.'*
21. "And this [happened] to one of the men who was with us this whole time*, during which Maran Eashoa came to us and went from us,
22. "Who adhered to the baptism of John, until the day [Eashoa] ascended from us, that he should be with us a witness to the resurrection."
23. And they presented* two, Joseph, who is called Barsobbas, whose name is Justus, and Matthias.
24. And as they prayed, they said, "Maran, you know what is in all hearts, show us one person that you chose from these two,
25. "That he may receive the lot of ministry and apostleship, that Judah discarded to go to his country."
26. And they cast the lots, and it came with Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.
*1:1 Literal Aramaic idiom (Lit. Ar. id.): "Theopeela."
*1:4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "From Jerusalem do not finish."
*1:6 Lit. Ar. id.: "Season."
*1:7.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Season."
*1:7.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Seasons."
*1:7.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Consecrates."
*1:9 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Became covered."
*1:10 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Found."
*1:12 Lit. Ar. id.: "Furlongs."
*1:13 Petros in Greek.
*1:14 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Amened."
*1:15 Lit. Aramaic: "Keepa."
*1:16 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Men brothers [of] ours."
*1:18 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And fell on his face on the ground and his middle tore up and all his inside poured out."
*1:20.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Scripture."
*1:20.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Another will consecrate his [burial] ceremony." Or: No one will be left to bury him.
*1:21.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Season."
*1:23.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Stood."