The Holy Spirit and the Day of Pentecost
2:1 Now1 when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2:2 Suddenly2 a sound3 like a violent wind blowing4 came from heaven5 and filled the entire house where they were sitting. 2:3 And tongues spreading out like a fire6 appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. 2:4 All7 of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages8 as the Spirit enabled them.9
2:5 Now there were devout Jews10 from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem.11 2:6 When this sound12 occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion,13 because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 2:7 Completely baffled, they said,14 “Aren’t15 all these who are speaking Galileans? 2:8 And how is it that each one of us hears them16 in our own native language?17 2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia,18 2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene,19 and visitors from Rome,20 2:11 both Jews and proselytes,21 Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done!”22 2:12 All were astounded and greatly confused, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 2:13 But others jeered at the speakers,23 saying, “They are drunk on new wine!”24
Peter’s Address on the Day of Pentecost
2:14 But Peter stood up25 with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed them: “You men of Judea26 and all you who live in Jerusalem,27 know this28 and listen carefully to what I say. 2:15 In spite of what you think, these men are not drunk,29 for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.30 2:16 But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel:31
2:17 ‘And in the last days32 it will be,’ God says,
‘that I will pour out my Spirit on all people,33
and your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
and your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.
2:18 Even on my servants,34 both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.35
2:19 And I will perform wonders in the sky36 above
and miraculous signs37 on the earth below,
blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
2:20 The sun will be changed to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the great and glorious38 day of the Lord comes.
2:21 And then39 everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’40
2:22 “Men of Israel,41 listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds,42 wonders, and miraculous signs43 that God performed among you through him, just as you yourselves know – 2:23 this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed44 by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles.45 2:24 But God raised him up,46 having released47 him from the pains48 of death, because it was not possible for him to be held in its power.49 2:25 For David says about him,
‘I saw the Lord always in front of me,50
for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken.
2:26 Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced;
my body51 also will live in hope,
2:27 because you will not leave my soul in Hades,52
nor permit your Holy One to experience53 decay.
2:28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of joy with your presence.’54
2:29 “Brothers,55 I can speak confidently56 to you about our forefather57 David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 2:30 So then, because58 he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants59 on his throne,60 2:31 David by foreseeing this61 spoke about the resurrection of the Christ,62 that he was neither abandoned to Hades,63 nor did his body64 experience65 decay.66 2:32 This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it.67 2:33 So then, exalted68 to the right hand69 of God, and having received70 the promise of the Holy Spirit71 from the Father, he has poured out72 what you both see and hear. 2:34 For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says,
‘The Lord said to my lord,
“Sit73 at my right hand
2:35 until I make your enemies a footstool74 for your feet.”’75
2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know beyond a doubt76 that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified77 both Lord78 and Christ.”79
The Response to Peter’s Address
2:37 Now when they heard this,80 they were acutely distressed81 and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What should we do, brothers?” 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized82 in the name of Jesus Christ83 for84 the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.85 2:39 For the promise86 is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” 2:40 With many other words he testified87 and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse88 generation!” 2:41 So those who accepted89 his message90 were baptized, and that day about three thousand people91 were added.92
The Fellowship of the Early Believers
2:42 They were devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship,93 to the breaking of bread and to prayer.94 2:43 Reverential awe95 came over everyone,96 and many wonders and miraculous signs97 came about by the apostles. 2:44 All who believed were together and held98 everything in common, 2:45 and they began selling99 their property100 and possessions and distributing the proceeds101 to everyone, as anyone had need. 2:46 Every day102 they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts,103 breaking bread from104 house to house, sharing their food with glad105 and humble hearts,106 2:47 praising God and having the good will107 of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day108 those who were being saved.