Acts 1:26

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they gaue foorth their lots, and the lot fell vpon Matthias, and hee was numbred with the eleuen Apostles.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they gave lots for them; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they put it to the decision of chance, and the decision was given for Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

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

And thei yauen lottis to hem, and the lot felde on Mathie; and he was noumbrid with enleuen apostlis.
- Wycliffe Bible

and they gave their lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Acts 1:26


Ac 1:26 The lot fell upon Matthias. Some have held that the choice of Matthias was unauthorized and that he was never accepted as an apostle. The reasons for this view are that he is not named again, and Paul was finally chosen as an apostle. To this it may be replied: (1) Neither are more than half the other names in the apostolic band again mentioned, Thomas, Thaddeus and Bartholomew, for example. (2) Paul was not an apostle to the Jews, but to the Gentiles, and hence, not one of the Twelve. (3) There is no hint anywhere in Acts, or elsewhere, that the selection of Matthias was not recognized. (4) In Ac 6:2 "the twelve" are spoken of, and he must have been one of "the twelve", for Paul was not yet converted. These facts show that such speculations as those referred to above are without foundation.

Discussion for Acts 1:26

  • They cast lot, a sort of taking a gamble and God approve it. Sometimes God give us free choice and then stamp His approval on it.

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