Acts 1:9
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New International Version
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

New Living Translation
After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him.

English Standard Version
And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

Berean Study Bible
After He had said this, they watched as He was taken up, and a cloud hid Him from their sight.

Berean Literal Bible
And having said these things, they beholding, He was lifted up, and a cloud hid Him from their eyes.

New American Standard Bible
And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

King James Bible
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After He had said this, He was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud took Him out of their sight.

International Standard Version
After saying this, Jesus was taken up while those who had gathered together were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

NET Bible
After he had said this, while they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud hid him from their sight.

New Heart English Bible
When he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And 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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After he had said this, he was taken to heaven. A cloud hid him so that they could no longer see him.

New American Standard 1977
And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

King James 2000 Bible
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

American King James Version
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

American Standard Version
And when he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

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

Darby Bible Translation
And having said these things he was taken up, they beholding [him], and a cloud received him out of their sight.

English Revised Version
And when he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Weymouth New Testament
When He had said this, and while they were looking at Him, He was carried up, and a cloud closing beneath Him hid Him from their sight.

World English Bible
When he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Young's Literal Translation
And these things having said -- they beholding -- he was taken up, and a cloud did receive him up from their sight;
Study Bible
The Ascension
8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9After He had said this, they watched as He was taken up, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. 10They were looking intently into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.…
Cross References
Mark 16:19
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

Luke 24:50
When Jesus had led them out as far as Bethany, He lifted up His hands and blessed them.

Luke 24:51
While He was blessing them, He left them and was carried up into heaven.

Acts 1:2
until the day He was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen.

Acts 1:11
"Men of Galilee," they said, "Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven."

1 Thessalonians 4:17
After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.

1 Timothy 3:16
By common confession, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was proclaimed among the nations, was believed in throughout the world, was taken up in glory.

Revelation 11:12
And the witnesses heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Come up here." And they went up to heaven in a cloud as their enemies watched them.
Treasury of Scripture

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

when.

Acts 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the …

Psalm 68:18 You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive: you have …

Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into …

Luke 24:50,51 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, …

John 6:62 What and if you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

Ephesians 4:8-12 Why he said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, …

a cloud.

Exodus 19:9 And the LORD said to Moses, See, I come to you in a thick cloud, …

Exodus 34:5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and …

Isaiah 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, and …

Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man …

Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power …

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they …

Revelation 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying to them, Come up …

Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. …

(9) He was taken up; and a cloud received him . . .--It is remarkable how little stress is laid in the Gospels on the fact which has always been so prominent in the creeds of Christendom. Neither St. John nor St. Matthew record it. It is barely mentioned with utmost brevity in the verses which close the Gospel of St. Mark, and in which many critics see, indeed, a fragment of apostolic teaching, but not part of the original Gospel. The reasons of this silence are, however, not far to seek. It was because the Ascension was from the first part of the creed of Christendom that the Evangelists said so little. The fact had been taught to every catechumen. They would not embellish it--as, for example, the Assumption of the Virgin was embellished in later legends--by fantastic details. That it was so received is clear. It is implied in our Lord's language, as recorded by St. John, "What and if ye shall see the Son of Man ascend up where He was before?" (John 6:62), and such words would hardly have been brought before believers at the close of the apostolic age if they had received no fulfilment. It is assumed in the earliest form of the Church's creed, "He was received up into glory," the verb being identical with that which St. Luke employs in St. Peter's speeches (Acts 2:33; Acts 3:21), and in St. Paul's epistles (Ephesians 1:20; 1Timothy 3:16). We may add that there was something like a moral necessity, assuming the Resurrection as a fact, for such a conclusion to our Lord's work on earth. Two other alternatives may, perhaps, be just imagined as possible: He might, like Lazarus, have lived out His restored life to its appointed term, and then died the common death of all men; but in that case where would have been the victory over death, and the witness that He was the Son of Man? He might have lived on an endless life on earth; but in this case, being such as He was, conflict, persecution, and suffering would have come again and again at every stage, and in each instance a miracle would have been needed to save the suffering from passing on to death, or many deaths must have been followed by many resurrections. When we seek, however, to realise the process of the Ascension, we find ourselves in a region of thought in which it is not easy to move freely. With our thoughts of the relations of the earth to space and the surrounding orbs, we find it hard to follow that upward motion, and to ask what was its direction and where it terminated. We cannot get beyond the cloud; but that cloud was the token of the glory of the Eternal Presence, as the Shechinah that of old filled the Temple (1Kings 8:10-11; Isaiah 6:1-4), and it is enough for us to know that where God is there also is Christ, in the glory of the Father, retaining still, though under new conditions and laws, the human nature which made Him like unto His brethren.

Verse 9. - Said for spoken, A.V.; as they were looking for while they beheld, A.V. They were to be αὐτόπται, eye-witnesses, of the Lord's ascension, arid so it is particularly noted that he was taken as they were looking. He did not disappear from their sight till he reached the cloud which enveloped him. And when he had spoken these things,.... That the times and seasons were not to be known by them, but to be kept a secret by the Father: that they should tarry at Jerusalem, and in a few days be baptized with the Holy Ghost, and receive such power, abilities, strength, and courage thereby, as to bear a noble testimony for Christ, not only there, but in all the world; and when he had given them a fresh commission, and told them where they should go, what they should preach, and what miracles they should perform, and blessed them,

While they be held; all the Oriental versions, add, "him"; that is Christ, while they looked wistly at him, being attentive to what he said to them, so that they were not asleep; nor did Christ become invisible to them, or disappear before his ascension, but was visible to them in it; hence they were eyewitnesses of it:

he was taken up. Luke in his Gospel says, "carried up": very likely by angels, since these not only attended him in his ascension, but are the chariots of the Lord, in which he went up to heaven; see Psalm 68:17 nor is this at all inconsistent with his proper deity, or that divine power he had of elevating himself, which he could do without the assistance of others; but this makes for the glory of his majesty,

And a cloud received him out of their sight; which was done partly for the same purpose, to add to the grandeur and magnificence of Christ's ascension; and partly to check the curiosity of the disciples, and prevent their gazing any more at him: and it may be that this, cloud was no other than a number of angels that appeared in this form; just as Elijah was taken up to heaven by angels, who appeared in the form of horses and chariots of fire; and the rather this may be the sense here, since it is certain, that there was a large number of angels which attended Christ at his ascension; and by whom he was then seen, Psalm 68:17 whereas, if these are not intended by the cloud, no more than two are here taken notice of, and these not as going along with Christ, but staying behind to converse with his disciples; to which may be added, that Christ was "received" by this cloud which descended to meet him, and joining him, escorted him to heaven: at least it may be thought, if it was a real cloud, that there was a multitude of angels in it, which accompanied him to the heavenly regions; for it can hardly be thought that a multitude of the heavenly host should descend at his birth, and sing glory to God upon his coming into this world; and not as large a number attend him with shouts and acclamations, at his going out of it, when he had done his work he came about, and was ascending to his God and Father, to take his place at his right hand on his throne; see Psalm 47:5. The Ethiopic version adds, "and he ascended to heaven". 9-11. while they beheld, he was taken up—See on [1932]Lu 24:50-53. Lest it should be thought He had disappeared when they were looking in some other direction, and so was only concluded to have gone up to heaven, it is here expressly said that "while they were looking He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight." So Elijah, "If thou see me when I am taken from thee" (2Ki 2:10); "And Elisha saw it" (Ac 1:12). (See on [1933]Lu 9:32.)1:6-11 They were earnest in asking about that which their Master never had directed or encouraged them to seek. Our Lord knew that his ascension and the teaching of the Holy Spirit would soon end these expectations, and therefore only gave them a rebuke; but it is a caution to his church in all ages, to take heed of a desire of forbidden knowledge. He had given his disciples instructions for the discharge of their duty, both before his death and since his resurrection, and this knowledge is enough for a Christian. It is enough that He has engaged to give believers strength equal to their trials and services; that under the influence of the Holy Spirit they may, in one way or other, be witnesses for Christ on earth, while in heaven he manages their concerns with perfect wisdom, truth, and love. When we stand gazing and trifling, the thoughts of our Master's second coming should quicken and awaken us: when we stand gazing and trembling, they should comfort and encourage us. May our expectation of it be stedfast and joyful, giving diligence to be found of him blameless.
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