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The Acts of the Apostles

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Acts 2

1And when the Day of Pentecost [had] come [ca. 30 A.D.], they were all with one mind at the same [place]. 2And suddenly [there] came from heaven a sound like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting1 [i.e., possibly the temple, cp. Luke 19:45-46; 24:53; Acts 7:47] 3And [there] appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and [one] sat on each one of them. 4And they were all filled of [or, with] [the] Holy Spirit, and they began to be speaking with different tongues [fig., foreign languages], just as the Spirit was giving them to be declaring boldly!

5Now [there] were Jews dwelling in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation of the [ones] under heaven. 6Now this sound having occurred, the crowd came together and was bewildered, because they were each one hearing them speaking in his own language.

7Then they themselves were all being amazed and were marveling, saying to one another, “Listen! All these [who] are speaking are Galileans, are they not? 8And how [is it that] we each hear in our own language in which we were born? 9Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and the ones dwelling in Mesopotamia, also in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10also Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya, the [one] along Cyrene, and the visiting Romans, both Jews and proselytes [i.e., converts to Judaism], 11Cretes and Arabians, we are hearing them speaking in our tongues [fig., languages] the marvelous [deeds] of God!”

12So they themselves were all amazed and thoroughly perplexed, saying another to another [or, to one another], “What might this want to be?” [fig., What does this mean?”] 13But others mocking, were saying, “They have been filled with sweet wine!”

14But Peter having stood up with the eleven, lifted up his voice and declared boldly to them, “Men, Jews, and all the ones dwelling in Jerusalem, let this be known to you*, and listen carefully to my words. 15For these are not drinking, as you* suppose, for it is the third hour of the day [i.e., 9:00 a.m.]. 16But this is the [thing] having been spoken by the prophet Joel:


17And it will be in the last days (says God), [that] I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh [fig., all of humanity]; and your* sons and your* daughters will prophesy, and your* young men will see visions, and your* old men will dream dreams. 18And even upon My slave-men and upon My slave-women, in those days I will pour out of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy. 19And I will give [fig., show] wonders in heaven [or, in the sky] above and signs on the earth beneath--blood and fire and vapor of smoke. 20The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and glorious Day of [the] LORD comes. 21And it will be [that] every[one] who himself shall call on the name of [the] LORD will be saved! [Joel 2:28-32]


22“Men, Israelites! Pay attention to these words! Jesus the Nazarene, a Man having been attested by God among you* by miraculous works and wonders and signs which God did through Him in your* midst, just as you* yourselves also know--23this One, handed over by the having been designated plan and foreknowledge of God, you* having taken by lawless hands, having crucified, you* executed; 24whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible [for] Him to continue being held by it. 25For David says in regard to Him:


I myself was foreseeing the LORD through all [fig. continually] before me, because He is at my right [parts] [fig., on my right side], so that I shall not be shaken. 26For this reason my heart celebrated and my tongue was very glad, and yet my flesh also will rest on hope [or, confident expectation]; 27because You will not abandon my soul to the realm of the dead [Gr., hades], nor will You give [fig., allow] Your Holy One to see decay [or, corruption]. 28You made known to me [the] ways of life; You will make me full of gladness with Your face [fig., presence]. [Psalm 16:8-11; verse 9, LXX]


29“Men, brothers! It is possible [for me] to speak with confidence to you* concerning the patriarch David, that he both came to the end [of his life] and was buried, and his tomb is with us until this day. 30Therefore, being a prophet and knowing that God vowed to him with an oath, from [the] fruit of his reproductive organs according to [the] flesh [fig., from one of his descendents], to raise up the Christ [or, the Messiah, and throughout book] to sit on his throne, 31having foreseen [this], he spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that ‘His soul was not left in the realm of the dead [Gr., hades], nor did His flesh see decay [or, corruption].’ [Psalm 16:10] 32This Jesus God raised up, of which we are all witnesses! [cp. Acts 13:34-37]

33“Therefore, having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, He poured out this which you* now see and hear. 34For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right [parts] [fig., on My right side], 35until I put Your enemies [as] Your footstool for Your feet.”’ [Psalm 110:1]  36Therefore, let all the house of Israel know securely [fig., without a doubt] that God made Him both Lord and Christ--this Jesus whom you* crucified!”

37Now having heard, they were pierced through to the heart [fig., were greatly distressed], and they said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles, “What will we do, men, brothers?” 38Then Peter was saying to them, “Repent, and let each of you* be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, to [or, for; or, because of] [the] forgiveness of sins, and you* will receive the free gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is to you* and to your* children and to all the [ones] far off, as many as [the] Lord our God shall call to Himself.” 40And with many other words he was urgently warning and urging [them], saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” 41So then, the ones having gladly received his word were baptized, and about three thousand souls were added on that day!

42Now they were continuing in the teaching of the apostles and in fellowship, and in the breaking of the bread and in prayers. 43Then fear came to be in every soul, and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44Now all the ones believing were at the same [place], and they were having all [things] in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and their belongings, and they were distributing them to all, to the extent which anyone was having need.

46And continuing daily with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread at every house, they were sharing food with great happiness and simplicity of heart [fig., generosity], 47praising God and having favor with all the people. So the Lord was daily adding the ones being saved to the Assembly [or, Church, and throughout book].

Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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