Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.1
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit2 and began to speak in other tongues3 as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing4 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,5 they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?6
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,7 Pontus8 and Asia,9
Phrygia10 and Pamphylia,11 Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene;12 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?"