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Acts 2:1-47

2*  And when the day of Pentecost came around they were all in company together, 2  and suddenly there came a noise out of the sky, as if of a violent wind driving along, and filled the whole house where they were sitting; 3  and there appeared to them parted tongues as if of fire, and it lighted on each one of them; 4  and all of them were filled with Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit granted it to them. 5*  And there were Jews living in Jerusalem, godly men from every nation under the heavens; 6  and when this sound came the multitude came together and were bewildered that each one heard them speaking his own language. 7  And they were surprised, and they wondered, saying “Why, here all these that are talking are Galileans, 8  and how is it we each hear in our own language that we were born in? 9  Parthians and Medes and Elamites and inhabitants of Mesopotamia and of Palestine and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia 10  and Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts in Africa about Cyrene; and the Romans, both Jews and proselytes, who are residing here; 11  Cretans and Arabs,—we hear them speaking in our languages the grand works of God.” 12  And they were all of them surprised and puzzled, saying one to another “What may this be?” 13  but others said jeeringly “They are filled up with grape-juice.” 14  But Peter stood forward with the eleven and raised his voice and uttered these words to them: “Fellow-Jews, and all you who live in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and give ear to my words. 15  For these men are not, as you assume, drunk; for it is three hours before noon; 16*  but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel, 17  ‘And in the last days, says God, I will pour out streams of my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, 18*  and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams; yea, and on my servants, both men and women, will I pour out streams of my Spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy. 19  And I will display wonders in the heavens above and tokens on the earth beneath, blood and fire and fumes of smoke: 20  the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and notable Day of the Lord comes. 21  And everyone who shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ 22  “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man accredited to you by God through miracles and wonders and tokens which God did through him in your midst,—as you yourselves know,— 23  this man, given up by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge, you by ruffians’ hands spiked down, and took his life; 24*  whom God raised, undoing the pangs of death, as it was not possible that he should be held by it. 25  For David says with reference to him ‘I looked to the Lord before me continually, because he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken. 26  At this my heart is happy and my tongue exults; and withal my flesh shall dwell in hope, 27  because thou wilt not abandon my soul to the realm of death, nor give thy godly one to see decay. 28  Thou hast made known to me the paths of life; thou wilt fill me full of happiness, with thy presence.’ 29  Brethren, it is allowable to say to you frankly of David, the founder of our state, that he did pass away and was buried, and his tomb is among us to this day. 30  Therefore, being a prophet and knowing that God had sworn an oath to him to seat on his throne one of the fruit of his loins, 31  he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he neither was abandoned to the realm of death nor did his flesh see decay. 32  This Jesus God raised to life; of which we are all of us witnesses. 33*  So, being raised on high by God’s right hand and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this which you both see and hear. 34  For David did not ascend to heaven, but he himself says ‘The Lord said to my lord “Sit at my right hand 35  till I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ 36  So let all the house of Israel know positively that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37*  And at hearing it they were pricked in their hearts, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles “What shall we do, brethren?” 38  And Peter said to them “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the pardoning of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39  For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call.” 40  And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying “Save yourselves from this cross-grained generation.” 41  So those who welcomed his words were baptized, and there were added on that day about three thousand souls; 42  and they applied themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the life of solidarity, to bread-breaking and to prayers. 43*  And every soul was seized with fear, and many wonders and tokens were done through the apostles. 44  And all who believed had everything in common together, 45  and would sell their possessions and estates and portion them out to all as anyone needed them; 46  and day by day, unitedly attending in the temple-precinct and breaking bread at home, they partook of their food with blithe and simple hearts, 47*  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people; and the Lord added greatly day by day to the saved.

Footnotes

2:1 Var. And it befell that in those days the day of Pentecost came around while they were all in company together, and lo, suddenly
2:5 Var. And there were living in Jerusalem godly men
2:16 Var. omits the name Joel
2:18 Var. omits and they shall prophesy
2:24 Or (if this part was originally written in Aramaic) the cords of death (so the Hebrew in the book of Psalms, where the Greek has pangs)
2:33 Or (if this part was originally in Aramaic) poured out this, as you both
2:37 Var. Peter and the apostles
2:43 Var. prayers, and every soul was seized with fear. And many wonders and signs were done through the apostles, and great fear lay upon everybody.
2:47 So if this part was originally in Aramaic; if not, then added with them day by day those who were saved