Acts 2




1 When the day of Pentecost had now come, they were all meeting in one mind,
2 when suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a terrific blast of wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting,
3 And they saw tongues like flames of fire separating and resting on their heads, one to each of them,
4 and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in foreign languages as the Spirit granted them to utter divine things.
5 Now there were devout Jews from every part of the world living in Jerusalem.
6 And when this sound was heard, the crowd rushed together in great excitement, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
7 They were perfectly astounded, and in bewilderment they continued to say, "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?
8 So how is it that each of us hears them speaking in his own native tongue?
9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, residents of Mesopotamia, of Judea and Cappadocia, of Pontus and Asia,
10 of Phrygia and Pamphylia, of Egypt and the district of Libya around Cyrene, transient dwellers from Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretans and Arabs -- we hear them all alike telling in our own tongues the great wonders of God."
12 And thus they all continued to be astounded and bewildered, and continued to say to each other, "What can this mean?"
13 But others in derision were saying, "They are running over with new wine."
14 Then Peter stood with the Eleven around him, and raising his voice he addressed them, "Men of Judea and all you residents of Jerusalem, let me explain this to you, and give close attention to my words.
15 These men are not drunk as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning.
16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 'It will occur in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all mankind. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will have visions. Your old men will have dreams.
18 Even on my slaves, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will become prophets.
19 I will show wonders in the sky above, and signs upon the earth below, yes, blood and fire and smoky mist.
20 The sun will turn to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 Then everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.'
22 "Fellow Israelites, listen to what I say. Jesus of Nazareth, as you yourselves well know, a man accredited to you by God through mighty deeds and wonders and wonder-works which God performed through Him right here among you,
23 this very Jesus, I say, after He was betrayed, in accordance with the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you had wicked men kill by nailing Him to a cross;
24 but God raised Him up by loosing Him from the pangs of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held by the power of death.
25 For David says of Him: 'I always kept my eyes upon the Lord, for He is at my right hand, so that I may not be removed.
26 So my heart is glad and my tongue exults, and my body still lives in hope.
27 For you will not forsake my soul to Hades. Nor will you let your Holy One experience decay.
28 You have made known to me the ways of life, and you will fill me with delight in your presence.'
29 "Brothers, I may confidently say to you about the patriarch David, that he died and was buried, and that his grave is here among us to this very day.
30 So, as he was a prophet and knew that God with an oath had promised to put one of his descendants on his throne,
31 he foresaw the resurrection of the Christ and told of it, for He was not forsaken to Hades, and His body did not undergo decay.
32 I mean Jesus whom God raised from the dead, to which fact we are all witnesses,
33 So He has been exalted to God's right hand and has received from His Father, as promised, and poured out upon us the Holy Spirit, as you see and hear.
34 For David did not go up to heaven, but he himself says: 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand,
35 Until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet."'
36 "Therefore, let all the descendants of Israel understand beyond a doubt that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ."
37 When they heard this, they were stabbed to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
38 Peter said to them, "You must repent -- and, as an expression of it, let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ -- that you may have your sins forgiven; and then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,
39 for the promise belongs to you and your children, as well as to all those who are far away whom the Lord our God may call to Him."
40 With many more words he continued to testify and to plead with them to save themselves from that crooked age.
41 So they accepted his message and were baptized, and about three thousand persons united with them on that day.
42 And they devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to fellowship with one another, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
43 A sense of reverence seized everyone, and many wonders and wonder-works were done by the apostles.
44 And all the believers lived together and held all they had as common goods to be shared by one another.
45 And so they continued to sell their property and goods and to distribute the money to all, as anyone had special need.
46 Day after day they regularly attended the temple; they practiced breaking their bread together in their homes, and eating their food with glad and simple hearts,
47 constantly praising God and always having the favor of all the people. And every day the Lord continued to add to them the people who were being saved.