But Peter, ataking his stand with 1the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: "Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and giveheed to my words.
"For thesemen are not drunk, as you suppose, 2for it is only the bthirdhour of the day ;
but this is what was spoken of through the prophetJoel :
'3AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LASTDAYS,' Godsays, 'THAT I WILL POURFORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALLcMANKIND ; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNGMEN SHALL SEEVISIONS, AND YOUR OLDMEN SHALL DREAMDREAMS ;
18EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSEDAYSPOURFORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy.
'AND I WILL GRANTWONDERS IN THE SKYABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTHBELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE.
'THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUSDAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME.
'AND IT SHALL BE THAT 4EVERYONEWHOCALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'
22"Men of Israel, listen to thesewords : 5Jesus the Nazarene, 6a mandattested to you by God with emiracles and 7wonders and fsignswhichGodperformedthrough Him in your midst, just as you yourselvesknow -
23this Man, delivered over by the 8predeterminedplan and foreknowledge of God, 9you nailed to a cross by the hands of ggodlessmen and put Him to death.
"hBut 10Godraised Him up again, putting an end to the iagony of death, since it 11was impossible for Him to be heldjin its power.
"For Davidsays of Him, '12I SAW THE LORDALWAYS IN MY PRESENCE ; FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHTHAND, SO THAT I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.
26'THEREFORE MY HEART WAS GLAD AND MY TONGUEEXULTED ; MOREOVER MY FLESHALSO WILL LIVE IN HOPE ;
27BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT ABANDON MY SOUL TO 13HADES, 14NORkALLOW YOUR lHOLYONE TO mUNDERGODECAY.
'YOU HAVE MADEKNOWN TO ME THE WAYS OF LIFE ; YOU WILL MAKE ME FULL OF GLADNESS WITH YOUR PRESENCE.'
"nBrethren , I mayconfidentlysay to you regarding the 15patriarchDavid that he both16died and 17was buried, and 18his tomb is owith us to thisday.
"And so, because he was 19a prophet and knew that 20GOD HAD SWORN TO HIM WITH AN OATH TO SEAT one pOF HIS DESCENDANTS ON HIS THRONE,
he lookedahead and spoke of the resurrection of qthe Christ, that 21HE WAS NEITHERABANDONED TO HADES, NOR DID His fleshrSUFFERDECAY.
32"ThisJesus22Godraised up again, to which we are all23witnesses.
33"Therefore having been exalteds24to the righthand of God, and 25having received from the Father26the promise of the HolySpirit, He has 27pouredforththiswhich you bothsee and hear.
"For it was not David who ascended into theaven, but he himselfsays : '28THE LORDSAID TO MY LORD, "SIT AT MY RIGHTHAND,
35UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET."'
36"Therefore let all the 29house of Israelknow for certain that God has made Him both30Lord and uChrist-thisJesus31whom you crucified."
37Now when they heard this, they were vpierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "wBrethren , x32what shall we do ?"
38Peter said to them, "33Repent, and each of you be 34baptized in the name of JesusChrist for the forgiveness of your sins ; and you will receive the gift of the HolySpirit.
"For 35the promise is for you and your children and for allwho are 36faroff, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself."
And with manyotherwords he solemnly37testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "yBe saved from this38perversegeneration !"