Acts 1:21
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New International Version
Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us,

New Living Translation
"So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus--

English Standard Version
So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

Berean Study Bible
Therefore it is necessary to select one of the men who have accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore it behooves the men having accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us,

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us--

King James Bible
Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, from among the men who have accompanied us during the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us--

International Standard Version
who was one of the men associated with us all the time the Lord Jesus came and went among us,

NET Bible
Thus one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time the Lord Jesus associated with us,

New Heart English Bible
"Of the men therefore who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“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”,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He must be one of the men who accompanied Jesus with us the entire time that the Lord Jesus was among us.

New American Standard 1977
“It is therefore necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us—

Jubilee Bible 2000
It behooves, therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore of these men who have accompanied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

American King James Version
Why of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

American Standard Version
Of the men therefore that have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore of these men who have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us,

Darby Bible Translation
It is necessary therefore, that of the men who have assembled with us all [the] time in which the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us,

English Revised Version
Of the men therefore which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us,

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore, of these men who accompanied us, all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

Weymouth New Testament
"It is necessary, therefore, that of the men who have been with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us--

World English Bible
"Of the men therefore who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

Young's Literal Translation
'It behoveth, therefore, of the men who did go with us during all the time in which the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us,
Study Bible
Matthias Replaces Judas
20“For it is written in the book of Psalms: ‘May his dwelling be deserted; let there be no one to live in it,’ and, ‘May another take his office.’ 21Therefore it is necessary to select one of the men who have accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22beginning from John’s baptism until the day Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”…
Cross References
Luke 1:2
just as they were handed down to us by the initial eyewitnesses and servants of the word.

Luke 24:3
but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

Why of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

these.

Luke 10:1,2 After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent …

John 15:27 And you also shall bear witness, because you have been with me from …

went.

Numbers 27:17 Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and …

Deuteronomy 31:2 And he said to them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; …

2 Samuel 5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were he that led …

1 Kings 3:7 And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of …

John 10:1-9 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that enters not by the door into the …

(21) Wherefore of these men which have companied with us.--From the retrospective glance at the guilt and punishment of the traitor, Peter passes, as with a practical sagacity, to the one thing that was now needful for the work of the infant Church. They, the Apostles, must present themselves to the people in their symbolic completeness, as sent to the twelve tribes of Israel, and the gap left by the traitor must be filled by one qualified, as they were, to bear witness of what had been said or done by their Lord during His ministry, and, above all, of His resurrection from the dead. That would seem, even in St. Paul's estimate, to have been a condition of apostleship (1Corinthians 9:1).

Went in and out . . .--The phrase was a familiar Hebrew phrase for the whole of a man's life and conduct. (Comp. Acts 9:28.)

Verse 21. - Of the men therefore for wherefore of these men, A.V.; event out for out, A.V. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us,.... Seeing there was such an imprecation, which carried in it the nature of a prophecy, that another should take the bishopric of Judas, or be made an apostle in his room, it was absolutely necessary that one should be immediately chosen to that office; and this is the force of the illative particle, wherefore; and it was highly proper that this choice should be of one among the men, and not the women; whom it did not become to bear any office, and exercise any authority in the church; hence it is said, "of these men", to the exclusion of women: and it was exceeding right, and a very good notion, that the choice should be of one from among themselves, and who was known unto them; with whose abilities, integrity, wisdom, and holy conversation, they were acquainted: and therefore it is added, "which have companied with us"; one of our own company, and not a stranger; with whom we have familiarly conversed, and whose character is well known to us: a rule which ought to be attended to, in the choice of inferior officers, as pastors and deacons; who ought to be of the body and community, among whom they are chosen to an office; and their qualifications for it be well known, and that for some time past, as follows:

all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us; that is, ever since Christ called them to be his disciples and followers; and conversed with them, and discharged his office among them, governed, directed, taught, and instructed them; for it was not proper that a novice, a new plant, or one that was lately become a disciple, should be put into such an office; and the same holds good in proportion in other offices; men called to office should be of some standing, as well as of superior gifts. 21. all the time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us—in the close intimacies of a three years' public life.1:15-26 The great thing the apostles were to attest to the world, was, Christ's resurrection; for that was the great proof of his being the Messiah, and the foundation of our hope in him. The apostles were ordained, not to wordly dignity and dominion, but to preach Christ, and the power of his resurrection. An appeal was made to God; Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, which we do not; and better than they know their own. It is fit that God should choose his own servants; and so far as he, by the disposals of his providence, or the gifts of his Spirit, shows whom he was chosen, or what he has chosen for us, we ought to fall in with his will. Let us own his hand in the determining everything which befalls us, especially in those by which any trust may be committed to us.
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