They stood there amazed and perplexed. "What can this mean?" they asked each other.
But others in the crowd were mocking. "They're drunk, that's all!" they said.
Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, "Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this.
Some of you are saying these people are drunk. It isn't true! It's much too early for that. People don't get drunk by nine o'clock in the morning.
No, what you see this morning was predicted centuries ago by the prophet Joel:
'In the last days, God said, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
In those days I will pour out my Spirit upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy.
And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below -- blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon will turn bloodred, before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives.
And anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' a"
"People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus of Nazareth by doing wonderful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)