All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit1 and began to speak in other tonguesa2 as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing3 Jews from every nation under heaven.
When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
Utterly amazed,4 they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?58
Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?
Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,6 Pontus7 and Asia,810
Phrygia9 and Pamphylia,10 Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene;11 visitors from Rome
(both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs--we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"
Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"
Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine.b "12