Acts 2:12

12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

Acts 2:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
ESV
12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"
NLT
12 They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.
MSG
12 Their heads were spinning; they couldn't make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: "What's going on here?"
CSB
12 And they were all astounded and perplexed, saying to one another, "What could this be?"

Acts 2:12 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 2:12

And they were all amazed
That is, all these devout men, Jews and proselytes, which came from other nations before mentioned:

and were in doubt;
not whether the apostles spoke in various languages, nor about the sense of their words; for they not only heard them with their ears, and were assured of the facts, but they seem also to understand what was said, since they call the things delivered, the great or wonderful things of God; but they were at a loss in their minds what should be the cause of this, or the reason of such a dispensation,

saying, one to another, what meaneth this?
from whence is it? what is the design of it? or what the end to be answered by it? or what will follow upon it? surely something considerable.

Acts 2:12 In-Context

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.”
14 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.