Acts 2:18

18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.

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Acts 2:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
ESV
18 even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
NLT
18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike— and they will prophesy.
MSG
18 When the time comes, I'll pour out my Spirit On those who serve me, men and women both, and they'll prophesy.
CSB
18 I will even pour out My Spirit on My male and female slaves in those days, and they will prophesy.

Acts 2:18 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 2:18

And on my servants, and on my handmaidens
In Joel it is only the servants and the handmaids; and which Kimchi interprets of strangers that should stand in the land of Israel, and serve the Israelites. But these phrases do not seem so much to describe the civil state and condition of those persons, as their religious character, being such as were brought, by the power of divine grace, to yield a cheerful obedience to the will of God; though it may also regard the former, and show, that with God there is no distinction and difference of bond or free, of rich or poor; contrary to a maxim of the Jews F19, that the Shekinah does not dwell but upon a wise man, a mighty man, and a rich man.

I will pour out, in those days, of my Spirit, and they shall
prophesy;
see the note on the preceding verse, from whence this clause, "and they shall prophesy", is repeated; for it is not in the text in Joel; which is done to point at the end and effect of the Spirit being poured down upon them.


FOOTNOTES:

F19 T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 92. 1.

Acts 2:18 In-Context

16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
18 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 heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

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