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Acts 2:11

11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”

Acts 2:11 in Other Translations

11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians--we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God."
11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!”
11 both Jews and proselytes; Even Cretans and Arabs! "They're speaking our languages, describing God's mighty works!"
11 Cretans and Arabs-we hear them speaking in our own languages the magnificent acts of God."

Acts 2:11 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 2:11

Cretes and Arabians
The former are either the same with the Cretians, ( Titus 1:12 ) the inhabitants of the island of Crete, ( Acts 27:7 ) now called Candia or Candy, which has on the north the Aegean sea, on the south the Libyan or African sea, on the west the Adriatic sea, and on the east the Carpathian sea. In it were an hundred cities; the most famous of which were, Gnosos, Cortyna, Lyctos, Lycastos, Holopixos, Phaestos, Cydon, Manethusa, Dyctynna {e}, and others; these spoke the Greek language; yet not the Attic, for the Cretian and Attic speech are distinguished F6: or else, as Dr. Lightfoot thinks, these were the same with the Cherethim or Cherethites, in ( Ezekiel 25:16 ) ( Zephaniah 2:5 ) whom the Septuagint interpreters call Cretes, as here; since these are mentioned with the Philistines, to whose land Arabia joined; the inhabitants of which are next mentioned here. There were three Arabias; Arabia Petraea, which had on the west part of Egypt, and on the north Judea, and part of Syria, on the south the Red sea, and on the east Arabia Felix. The second was called Arabia Deserta, and had on the north part of Mesopotamia, and on the east Babylonia, on the south Arabia Felix, and on the west, part of Syria and Arabia Petraea. The third was called Arabia Felix, and had on the north the south sides of Petraea and Arabia Deserta, and the more southern part of the Persian gulf, on the west the gulf of Arabia, and on the south the Red sea, and on the east, part of the Persian gulf F7; and here dwelt Jews who spoke the Arabic language. Now these Jews, of different nations, declared concerning the apostles, saying,

we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God;
not the works of creation and providence, though these are great and wonderful; but of redemption, pardon, atonement, justification, and salvation, by the Messiah, by his obedience, sufferings, and death, and also of his resurrection from the dead; things which struck them with amazement, and the more, that such illiterate persons should have such knowledge of them, and should be able to speak of them in such a clear, distinct, and powerful manner; and still the more, that they should speak of them in their several tongues in which they were born, and to which they were used, and which the apostles had never learned: and this they heard with their own ears, and were fully satisfied that they did speak divers languages.


F5 Mela, l. 2. c. 14. Vid. Solin. c. 16. & Plin. l. 4. c. 12.
F6 Laert. in. vit. Epimenidis.
F7 Ptolom. Geograph. l. 5. c. 17, & 19. & l. 6. c. 7.

Acts 2:11 In-Context

9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome
11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”
12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
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