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“In those days Peter, rising up in the midst of the brethren, said… Men, brethren, the Scripture must be fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost foretold by the mouth of David, concerning Judas… Who was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry… For it is written in the book of Psalms: … let another take his bishoprick.

“And they appointed two, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And praying, they said; Thou, O Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, shew which of these two thou hast chosen, To take the place of this ministry, and apostleship….

“[A]nd the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” (Acts i, 15-26. Formatting supplied)