THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

The Acts of the Apostles (Author Luke)

1:1¤ The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, of all things which Jesus began to do and to teach,

1:2Until the day on which, giving commandments by the Holy Ghost to the apostles whom he had chosen, he was taken up.

1:3To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many proofs, for forty days appearing to them, and speaking of the kingdom of God.

1:4And eating together with them, he commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard (saith he) by my mouth.

1:5For John indeed baptized with water: but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence.

1:6They therefore who were come together, asked him, saying: Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

1:7But he said to them: It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power:

1:8But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth.

1:9And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight.

1:10And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments.

1:11Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come as you have seen him going into heaven.

1:12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount that is called Olivet, which is nigh Jerusalem, within a sabbath day's journey.

1:13And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alpheus and Simon Zelotes and Jude the brother of James.

1:14All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

1:15In those days Peter rising up in the midst of the brethren, said (now the number of persons together was about an hundred and twenty):

1:16Men, brethren, the scripture must needs be fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was the leader of them that apprehended Jesus:

1:17Who was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

1:18And he indeed hath possessed a field of the reward of iniquity, and being hanged, burst asunder in the midst: and all his bowels gushed out.

1:19And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: so that the same field was called in their tongue, Haceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

1:20For it is written in the book of Psalms: Let their habitation become desolate, and let there be none to dwell therein. And his bishopric let another take.

1:21Wherefore of these men who have companied with us, all the time that the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us,

1:22Beginning from the baptism of John, until the day wherein he was taken up from us, one of these must be made a witness with us of his resurrection.

1:23And they appointed two, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

1:24And praying, they said: Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,

1:25To take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas hath by transgression fallen, that he might go to his own place.

1:26And they gave them lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

2:1¤ And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place:

2:2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming: and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

2:3And there appeared to them parted tongues, as it were of fire: and it sat upon every one of them.

2:4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost: and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.

2:5Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

2:6And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue.

2:7And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these that speak Galileans?

2:8And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born?

2:9Parthians and Medes and Elamites and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

2:10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes,

2:11Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.

2:12And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another: What meaneth this?

2:13But others mocking, said: These men are full of new wine.

2:14But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you and with your ears receive my words.

2:15For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day:

2:16But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel:

2:17And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord), I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy: and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

2:18And upon my servants indeed and upon my handmaids will I pour out in those days of my spirit: and they shall prophesy.

2:19And I will shew wonders in the heaven above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and vapour of smoke.

2:20The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord come.

2:21And it shalt come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

2:22Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him, in the midst of you, as you also know:

2:23This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and slain.

2:24Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be holden by it.

2:25For David saith concerning him: I foresaw the Lord before my face: because he is at my right hand, that I may not be moved.

2:26For this my heart hath been glad, and my tongue hath rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope.

2:27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell: nor suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.

2:28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

2:29Ye men, brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David: that he died and was buried; and his sepulchre is with us to this present day.

2:30Whereas therefore he was a prophet and knew that God hath sworn to him with an oath, that of the fruit of his loins one should sit upon his throne.

2:31Foreseeing this, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ. For neither was he left in hell: neither did his flesh see corruption.

2:32This Jesus hath God raised again, whereof all we are witnesses.

2:33Being exalted therefore by the right hand of God and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath poured forth this which you see and hear.

2:34For David ascended not into heaven; but he himself said: The Lord said to my Lord: Sit thou on my right hand,

2:35Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.

2:36Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified.

2:37Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren?

2:38But Peter said to them: Do penance: and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

2:39For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call.

2:40And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation.

2:41They therefore that received his word were baptized: and there were added in that day about three thousand souls.

2:42And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles and in the communication of the breaking of bread and in prayers.

2:43And fear came upon every soul. Many wonders also and signs were done by the apostles in Jerusalem: and there was great fervor in all.

2:44And all they that believed were together and had all things common.

2:45Their possessions and goods they sold and divided them to all, according as every one had need.

2:46And continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, they took their meat with gladness and simplicity of heart:

2:47Praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord increased daily together such as should be saved.



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