Acts 1:26
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New International Version
Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

New Living Translation
Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.

English Standard Version
And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Berean Study Bible
Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

Berean Literal Bible
And they gave lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

New American Standard Bible
And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

King James Bible
And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they cast lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias. So he was numbered with the 11 apostles.

International Standard Version
So they drew lots for them, and when the lot fell on Matthias, he was enrolled with the eleven apostles.

NET Bible
Then they cast lots for them, and the one chosen was Matthias; so he was counted with the eleven apostles.

New Heart English Bible
They drew lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the Eleven apostles.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they cast lots, and it came up to Matthaya, and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They drew names to choose an apostle. Matthias was chosen and joined the eleven apostles.

New American Standard 1977
And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they gave forth their lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

King James 2000 Bible
And they cast their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

American King James Version
And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

American Standard Version
And they gave lots for them; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they gave them lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Darby Bible Translation
And they gave lots on them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

English Revised Version
And they gave lots for them; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Weymouth New Testament
Then they drew lots between them. The lot fell on Matthias, and a place among the eleven Apostles was voted to him.

World English Bible
They drew lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Young's Literal Translation
and they gave their lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Study Bible
Matthias Replaces Judas
25to assume this ministry and apostleship, which Judas abandoned to go to his rightful place.” 26Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
Cross References
Leviticus 16:8
"Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats, one lot for the LORD and the other lot for the scapegoat.

Joshua 14:2
by the lot of their inheritance, as the LORD commanded through Moses, for the nine tribes and the half-tribe.

1 Samuel 14:41
Therefore, Saul said to the LORD, the God of Israel, "Give a perfect lot." And Jonathan and Saul were taken, but the people escaped.

Nehemiah 10:34
Likewise we cast lots for the supply of wood among the priests, the Levites and the people so that they might bring it to the house of our God, according to our fathers' households, at fixed times annually, to burn on the altar of the LORD our God, as it is written in the law;

Nehemiah 11:1
Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem, but the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while nine-tenths remained in the other cities.

Proverbs 16:33
The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD.

Mark 6:30
Meanwhile, the apostles gathered around Jesus and brought Him news of all they had done and taught.

Acts 1:23
So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.

Acts 2:14
Then Peter stood up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and addressed the crowd: "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen carefully to my words.

Revelation 21:14
The wall of the city had twelve foundations bearing the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Treasury of Scripture

And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

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Acts 13:19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he …

Leviticus 16:8 And Aaron shall cast lots on the two goats; one lot for the LORD, …

Joshua 18:10 And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD…

1 Samuel 14:41,42 Therefore Saul said to the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. …

1 Chronicles 24:5 Thus were they divided by lot, one sort with another; for the governors …

Proverbs 16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him that has it: but the …

Jonah 1:7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, …

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Acts 1:23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed …

(26) And they gave forth their lots.--As interpreted by the prayer of Acts 1:24, and by the word "fell" here, there can be no doubt that the passage speaks of "lots" and not "votes." The two men were chosen by the disciples as standing, as far as they could see, on the same level. It was left for the Searcher of hearts to show, by the exclusion of human will, which of the two He had chosen. The most usual way of casting lots in such cases was to write each name on a tablet, place them in an urn, and then shake the urn till one came out. A like custom prevailed among the Greeks, as in the well-known story of the stratagem of Cresphontes in the division of territory after the Doriar invasion (Sophocles, Aias. 1285; comp. Proverbs 16:33). The practice was recognised, it may be noted, in the Law (Leviticus 16:8).

He was numbered with the eleven apostles.--The Greek word is not the same as in Acts 1:17, and implies that Matthias was "voted in," the suffrage of the Church unanimously confirming the indication of the divine will which had been given by the lot. It may be that the new Apostle took the place which Judas had left vacant, and was the last of the Twelve.

Verse 26. - They gave lots for them for they gave forth their lots, A.V. and T.R. (αὐτοῖς for αὐτῶν); but the T.R. gives the easiest sense. The exact mode of taking the lot does not appear. Some think the name of each candidate was written on a tablet, and that the first name which fell out of the urn after it had been shaken was the one chosen. Some think the lot was taken by dice. But however the taking of the lot was managed, the effect was to leave the choice to God in answer to prayer.



And they gave forth their lots,.... Or "gave forth lots for them", as the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions; for Joseph and Matthias; some for one, and some for another; and which were cast into a man's lap, or into a vessel, and was no other than balloting for them; and so he that had the majority upon casting them up, when taken out, was declared the person chosen; or "they cast their lots"; that is, into an urn, or vessel; which lots had the names of the two persons on them; and into another vessel, as is thought, were put two other lots; the one had the name of "apostle" upon it, and the other nothing; and these being taken out by persons appointed for that purpose, the lot with Matthias's name on it, was taken out against that which had the name of apostle on it, upon which he was declared to be the apostle: it may be that this was done in the same manner, as the goats on the day of atonement had lots cast on them, Leviticus 16:8 which the Jews say was thus performed: there was a vessel which they call "Kalphi", set in the court, into which two lots, which were made of wood, or stone, or metal, were put; the one had written on it, for Jehovah, and on the other was written, "for the scapegoat"; the two goats being, the one at the right hand of the priest, and the other at the left; the priest shook the vessel, and with his two hands took out the two lots, and laid the lots on the two goats; the right on that which was at his right hand, and the left on that which was at his left (i); and so the goat which had the lot put upon him, on which was written, "for the Lord", was killed; and that which had the other lot, on which was written, for the scapegoat, was presented alive; so the lot here is said to fall upon Matthias: or the lots being cast into the vessel, as above related, these two drew them out themselves; and Matthias taking out that which had the word apostle on it, the lot fell on him: the manner of Moses's choosing the seventy elders, is said to be this (k):

"Moses took seventy two papers, and on seventy of them he wrote, "an elder"; and upon two, "a part"; and he chose six out of every tribe, and there were seventy two; he said unto them, take your papers out of the vessel; he into whose hand came up "an elder" (i.e. the paper on which it was so written) he was sanctified (or set apart to the office); and he, in whose hand came up "a part" (the paper that had that on it), to him he said, the Lord does not delight in thee.

And the lot fell upon Matthias; that is, either he had the largest number for him, their minds being so disposed by the providence of God; and it may be, contrary to the first thoughts and general sense of the body; since Joseph is mentioned first, and was a man of great character, and of many names and titles; but God, who knows the hearts: of men, and can turn them as he pleases, and to whom they sought for direction, inclined their minds to vote for the latter; or it was so ordered by divine providence, that in the casting or drawing the lots, the lot of the apostleship should fall on him:

and he was numbered with the eleven apostles; either chosen by the common suffrages of the people, as the word used signifies; or rather, he took his place among the apostles; he was registered among them, and ever after was reckoned one of them; Beza's ancient copy reads, "with the twelve apostles", their number being now complete,

(i) Maimon. Hilchot Yom Hacippurim, c. 3. sect. 1, 2, 3. Misn. Yoma, c. 4. 1. & Bartenora in ib. (k) Jarchi in Numb. xi. 26. Bemidbar Rabba, sect. 15. fol. 218. 3.26. was numbered—"voted in" by general suffrage.

with the eleven apostles—completing the broken Twelve. 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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