Meaning of 'Let another take his office' in Acts


Acts 1:18 (Now this man acquired a field with pthe reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out.

Acts 1:19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is,

Acts 1:20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms, ‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it’; and ‘Let another take his office.’

What does ‘Let another take his office mean?’ at the end of the 1:20?

Thank you

Hello @LKHHKL good question. Here are a few definitions from the Merriam-webster dictionary.

Definition of office

1a : a special duty, charge, or position conferred by an exercise of governmental authority and for a public purpose : a position of authority to exercise a public function and to receive whatever emoluments may belong to it

b : a position of responsibility or some degree of executive authority

2 : a prescribed form or service of worship specifically, capitalized : [divine office]( office)

As you can see here when you see the context the word is used in the Bible it pretty much has all these meanings. It is a special divine position usually chosen by God for the individual. In the passage, you posted they were looking for a replacement for Judas who had betrayed Jesus and killed himself. Hope this answers your question.

God Bless :slight_smile:

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