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Acts 2:14-41 (English Standard Version)

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Peter's Sermon at Pentecost

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, 1since it is only the third hour of the day.a 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: 17 2"'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, 3that I will pour out my Spirit 4on all flesh, and your sons and 5your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18 even on my male servantsb and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and 6they shall prophesy. 19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; 20 7the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before 8the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. 21 And it shall come to pass that 9everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.' 22 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, 10a man attested to you by God 11with 12mighty works and wonders and signs that 13God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know-- 23 this Jesus, 14delivered up according to 15the definite plan and 16foreknowledge of God, 17you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 18God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because 19it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him, 20"'I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell 21in hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to 22Hades, 23or let your 24Holy One 25see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.' 29 "Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about 26the patriarch David 27that he both died and 28was buried, and 29his tomb is with us to this day. 30 30Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that 31God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that 32he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus 33God raised up, 34and of that we all are witnesses. 33 35Being therefore 36exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from 37the Father 38the promise of the Holy Spirit, 39he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For 40David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, 41"'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, 35 until I make your enemies your footstool.' 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that 42God has made him 43both Lord and Christ, this Jesus 44whom you crucified." 37 Now when 45they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, 46what shall we do?" 38 And Peter said to them, 47"Repent and 48be baptized every one of you 49in the name of Jesus Christ 50for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive 51the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For 52the promise is for you and 53for your children and for all 54who are far off, everyone 55whom the Lord our God calls to himself." 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, 56"Save yourselves from this 57crooked generation." 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and 58there were added that day about three thousand souls.
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