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Acts 1:23

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

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Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Barsabas;   Church;   Joseph;   Judas (Jude);   Justus;   Matthias;   Thompson Chain Reference - Joseph;  

Dictionaries:

- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Apostle;   Barsabas;   Matthias;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Elder;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Mission;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Commentary;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Barsabas;   Joseph;   Justus;   Matthias;   Peter;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Judas Barsabas;   Justus;   Matthias;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Acts;   Bar;   Barnabas;   Barsabas;   Church;   Joseph;   Justus;   Matthias;   Ordination, Ordain;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Decision;   Joseph;   Judas;   Justus;   Mark, Gospel According to;   Peter;   Prayer;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Atonement (2);   Barnabas ;   Call, Called, Calling;   Galatians Epistle to the;   Joseph ;   Judas Barsabbas;   Lots;   Matthias;   Miracles;   Numbers;   Ordination;   Seventy (2);   Surname;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Barsabas ;   Joseph ;   Justus ;   Matthias ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Barsabas;   Joseph;   Matthias;   Theophilus;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Apostle;   Barsabas;   Chief parables and miracles in the bible;   Joseph;   Matthew;   Matthias;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Barsab'bas;   Jo'seph;   Jus'tus;  

Encyclopedias:

- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Bishop;   Decision;   Forward;   James;   Joseph (1);   Joseph Barsabbas;   Justus;   Matthias;   Peter, Simon;   Surname;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Apostle;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Barnabas, Joses;  

Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
And they accordingly proposed (nominated) two men, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

The Complete Jewish Bible
They nominated two men - Yosef Bar-Sabba, surnamed Justus, and Mattityahu.

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

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

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

Contemporary English Version
Two men were suggested: One of them was Joseph Barsabbas, known as Justus, and the other was Matthias.

English Standard Version
And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias.

Easy-to-Read Version
The apostles put two men before the group. One was Joseph Barsabbas. He was also called Justus. The other man was Matthias.

The Geneva Bible (1587)
And they presented two, Ioseph called Barsabas, whose surname was Iustus, & Matthias.

George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
So they appointed two: Joseph called Bar'sa-bas who was surnamed Justus, and Mat-thi'as.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
And they appoynted two, Ioseph which is called Barsabas, whose sirname was Iustus, and Matthias.

Darby's Translation
And they appointed two, Joseph, who was called Barsabas, who had been surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

King James Version (1611)
And they appointed two, Ioseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Iustus, and Matthias.

New Revised Standard
So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they appointed two, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

New Century Version
They put the names of two men before the group. One was Joseph Barsabbas, who was also called Justus. The other was Matthias.

James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta
And they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabas, whose surname was Justus, and Matthias.

Wesley's New Testament (1755)
And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

Good News Translation
So they proposed two men: Joseph, who was called Barsabbas (also known as Justus), and Matthias.

Holman Christian Standard
So they proposed two: Joseph, called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
And they appoynted two (Ioseph called Barsabas, whose syrname was Iustus, and Mathias.)

Mace New Testament (1729)
accordingly they presented two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was sirnamed Justus, and Matthias. and they prayed,

J.P. Green Literal Translation
And they set out two: Joseph, he being called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

New Living Translation
So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.

New International Version
So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.

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

New American Standard Version
So they put forward two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus), and Matthias.

New Life Version
They brought two men in front of them. They were Joseph, also called Barsabbas Justus, and Matthias.

Hebrew Names Version
They put forward two, Yosef called Bar-Sabba, who was surnamed Justus, and Mattityah.

International Standard Version
So they nominated two men - Joseph called Barsabbas, who also was called Justus, and Matthias.

John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta
And they set up two: Jauseph, who is called Barshaba, who is surnamed Justus, and Mathia.

The Emphasised Bible
And they appointed two, - Joseph, called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

Revised Standard Version
And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsab'bas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthi'as.

Tyndale Bible
And they appoynted two Ioseph called Barsabas (whose syr name was Iustus) and Mathias.

Updated Bible Version 1.9
And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

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

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

Weymouth New Testament
So two names were proposed, Joseph called Bar-sabbas--and surnamed Justus--and Matthias.

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
And thei ordeyneden tweyn, Joseph, that was clepid Barsabas, that was named Just, and Mathie.

Young's Literal Translation
And they set two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias,

The Message
They nominated two: Joseph Barsabbas, nicknamed Justus, and Matthias.

Lexham English Bible
And they proposed two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was called Justus) and Matthias.

Contextual Overview

15And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, 16"Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; 17for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry." 18(Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. 19And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20"For it is written in the Book of Psalms: "Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it'; and, "Let another take his office.' 21"Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection." 23And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.24And they prayed and said, "You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen

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And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
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Gill's Notes on the Bible

And they appointed two,.... The motion made by Peter was attended to by the whole company; they approved of it, and accordingly proposed two persons by name; one of which was to be chosen, not by the apostles, but by the whole assembly. The Arabic version reads, "he appointed two", as if Peter singly did this: contrary to all copies, and other versions, and to the context; which shows, that the whole body of the people were concerned in this affair, who prayed and gave forth their lots and suffrages: the persons nominated were,

Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. The former of these has three names; in one ancient copy of Beza's he is called Joses; and by some thought to be the same with Joses, surnamed Barnabas, in Acts 4:36 partly because in one copy, and in the Syriac version there, that Joses is called Joseph; and partly, because of the nearness in sound between Barsabas and Barnabas: hence the Ethiopic version here reads, "Joseph, who was called Barnabas", and so Beza's most ancient copy; but though Joses is here meant for Jose, or Joses is, with the Jews, an abbreviation of Joseph; yet not Joses the Levite, who was of the country of Cyprus, but Joses of Galilee, the son of Alphaeus and Mary; and who had two brothers, James and Jude, already apostles; see Matthew 13:55. Moreover, though the two names, Barnabas and Barsabas, differ little in sound, yet much in sense: the former is interpreted "the son of consolation", Acts 4:36 but the latter signifies much the same with Bathsheba; as that may be interpreted "the daughter", this "the son of an oath"; or as others, "a son of wisdom"; and by others, "the son of fulness"; I should choose to take it to be the same name with בר סבא, and interpret it, "the son of an old man"; as Alphaeus might be, when Joses, or Joseph was born, and he be the younger brother of James and Jude; as for his surname Justus, this was a name not only in use among the Grecians and Romans, especially the latter, but among the Jews: hence we often read of Rabbi יוסטא, "Justa", and sometimes, יוסטי, "Justi", and at other times, יוסטאי "Justai" whether he had this surname from his being a very just man, as Aristides was called Aristides the just; and so Simeon the high priest, the last of Ezra's great synagogue, was called Simeon the just; and so James the brother of this Joseph, or Joses, was called by the Jews; and it may be, that he himself might have his name from the patriarch Joseph, who used to be called by them, Joseph, הצדיק, "the just": for Matthias, his name is Jewish, and he was no doubt a Jew; hence we read רבי מתיא, "Rabbi Matthia ben Charash"; his name signifying the same as Nathanael does, namely, the gift of God, made Dr. Lightfoot conjecture they might be the same; but this agrees not with another conjecture that learned man, who elsewhere thinks, that Bartholomew and Nathanael were the same; and if so, he must have been an apostle already; Clemens of Alexandria was of opinion, that this Matthias was Zacchaeus,

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

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.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

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.


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