When the day of Pentecost1 came, they were all together2 in one place.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.3
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 Spirit4 and began to speak in other tongues5 as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing6 Jews from every nation under heaven.
When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.
Utterly amazed,7 they asked: "Aren't all these who are speaking Galileans?8
Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?
Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,9 Pontus10 and Asia,11
Phrygia12 and Pamphylia,13 Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene;14 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."15
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.
These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning!16
No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
" 'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.17 Your sons and daughters will prophesy,18 your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.19
I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below,20 blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood21 before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord 22 will be saved.'23
"People of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth24 was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs,25 which God did among you through him,26 as you yourselves know.
This man was handed over to you by God's deliberate plan and foreknowledge;27 and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.28
But God raised him from the dead,29 freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.30
David said about him: " 'I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay.31
You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.'32
"Brothers and sisters,33 we all know that the patriarch34 David died and was buried,35 and his tomb is here36 to this day.
But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.37
Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay.38
God has raised this Jesus to life,39 and we are all witnesses40 of the fact.
Exalted41 to the right hand of God,42 he has received from the Father43 the promised Holy Spirit44 and has poured out45 what you now see and hear.
For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, " 'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." '46
"Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord 47 and Messiah."48
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"49
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized,50 every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.51 And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.52
The promise is for you and your children53 and for all who are far off54--for all whom the Lord our God will call."
With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."55
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number56 that day.
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching57 and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread58 and to prayer.59
Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.60
All the believers were together and had everything in common.61
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.62
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.63 They broke bread64 in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.65 And the Lord added to their number66 daily those who were being saved.