Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1I wrote the former book, Oh Theophila, about all those things that Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah * began to do and to teach * 2Until the day in which he was taken up, after he had commanded the Apostles whom he had chosen by The Spirit of Holiness, 3Those to whom also he showed himself alive, after he had suffered, by many signs for forty days when he was appearing to them, and he spoke about The Kingdom of God.
4And as he ate bread with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for The Promise of The Father, "Which", he said, "you have heard from me."* 5"For Yohannan baptized in water, and you shall be baptized in The Spirit of Holiness, after not many days".
6But when they were assembled, they asked him and said to him, "Our Lord, are you at this time restoring The Kingdom to Israel?" 7He said to them, "It is not yours to know the times or seasons which The Father has placed in his authority." 8"But when The Spirit of Holiness will come upon you, you shall receive power. You shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and also among the Samaritans, and unto the borders of The Earth."
9And when he had said these things, as they saw him, he was taken up and a cloud received him and he was hidden from their eyes. 10And as they were gazing into the sky, as he was going, two men were present standing with them in white clothing. 11And they were saying to them, "Galilean men, why are you standing and gazing into the sky? This Yeshua, who was taken up from you into Heaven shall come in this way, as when you saw him going up into Heaven."
12And after this, they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount which is called Bayth Zaytha, which is beside Jerusalem and separated from it by about seven furlongs. * 13And after they entered, they came up to an upper room in which were staying: Petraus *, Yohannan, Yaqob, Andrewas, Philippus, Thoma, Mattay, Bar Tolmay, Yaqob Bar Halphai, Shimeon The Zealot and Yehuda Bar Yaqob. 14These all were continuing together in prayer with one soul with the women and with Maryam, Mother of Yeshua, and with his brothers.
15And in those days, Shimeon Kaypha stood among them in the midst of the disciples, and there were assembled there about one hundred and twenty men, and he said: 16"Men, brethren, it was right that the Scripture should be fulfilled which The Spirit of Holiness before spoke by the mouth of David about Yehuda, he who was the guide to those who seized Yeshua," 17"Because he was numbered with us, and he had a part in this ministry." 18"This is the one who purchased a field for himself with the reward of sin and he fell on his face on the ground, and all his insides burst from within him and gushed out." 19"And this is known to all those who live in Jerusalem, and so that field is called in the language of the region, 'Haqel Dama' *, which is, in its translation, 'Field of Blood'."
20"For it is written in the book of Psalms, 'His dwelling shall be desolate, and there will be no inhabitant in it, and another will take his ministry.' "
21"Therefore it is right that one of these who have been with us all this time in which Our * Lord Yeshua went in and out among us", 22"Beginning with his baptism by Yohannan, until the day that he was taken up from our presence, would be a witness with us of his Resurrection." 23And they presented two, Yoseph, who was called Bar-Shaba, who is named Justus, and Matthaya. 24And when they prayed, they said, "You, LORD JEHOVAH,* know what is in the heart of everyone; show the one which you have chosen of these two," 25"That he would receive a part of the ministry and Apostleship from which Yehuda withdrew, that he should go to his place." 26And they cast lots, and it came up to Matthaya, and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles.