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Acts 1:23

    Acts 1:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And they made selection of two, Joseph, named Barsabbas, whose other name was Justus, and Matthias.

    Webster's Revision

    And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

    World English Bible

    They put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 1:23

    They appointed two - These two were probably of the number of the seventy disciples; and, in this respect, well fitted to fill up the place. It is likely that the disciples themselves were divided in opinion which of these two was the most proper person, and therefore laid the matter before God, that he might decide it by the lot. No more than two candidates were presented; probably because the attention of the brethren had been drawn to those two alone, as having been most intimately acquainted with our Lord, or in being better qualified for the work than any of the rest; but they knew not which to prefer.

    Joseph called Barsabas - Some MSS. read Joses Barnabas, making him the same with Joses Barnabas, Acts 4:36. But the person here is distinguished from the person there, by being called Justus.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 1:23

    And they appointed two - They proposed, or, as we should say, nominated two. Literally, they placed two, or made them to stand forth, as persons do who are candidates for office. These two were probably-more distinguished by prudence, wisdom, piety, and age than the others, and they were so nearly equal in qualifications that they could not determine which was the best suited for the office.

    Joseph called Barsabas ... - It is not certainly known what the name Barsabas denotes. The Syriac word "Bar" means "son," and the word "Sabas" has been translated "an oath, rest, quiet, or captivity." Why the name was given to Joseph is not known but probably it was the family name - Joseph son of Sabas. Some have conjectured that this was the same man who, in Acts 4:36, is called Barnabas. But of this there is no proof. Lightfoot supposes that he was the son of Alpheus and brother of James the Less, and that he was chosen on account of his relationship to the family of the Lord Jesus.

    Was surnamed Justus - Who was called Justus. This is a Latin name, meaning just, and was probably given him on account of his distinguished integrity. It was not uncommon among the Jews for a man to have several names, Matthew 10:3.

    And Matthias - Nothing is known of the family of this man, or of his character, further than that he was numbered with the apostles, and shared their lot in the toils, the persecutions, and the honors of preaching the gospel to mankind.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 1:23

    1:23 And they appointed two - So far the faithful could go by consulting together, but no further. Therefore here commenced the proper use of the lot, whereby a matter of importance, which cannot be determined by any ordinary method, is committed to the Divine decision.