Acts 2:4-40

4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.
7 Utterly amazed, 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?
9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b]
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.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd

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.
15 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:
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.
21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[c]
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men,[d] put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
25 David said about him: “ ‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’[e]
29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day.
30 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.
31 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.
32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.
33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ’[f]
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”

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Acts 2:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
ESV
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
NLT
4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
MSG
4 and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.
CSB
4 Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech.

Acts 2:4-40 In-Context

2 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.
4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.
7 Utterly amazed, 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?
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.”
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.
15 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:
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.
21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
25 David said about him: “ ‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day.
30 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.
31 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.
32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.
33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ’
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Cross References 52

  • 1. S Luke 1:15
  • 2. S Mark 16:17; 1 Corinthians 12:10
  • 3. Luke 2:25; Acts 8:2
  • 4. ver 12
  • 5. Acts 1:11
  • 6. 1 Peter 1:1
  • 7. Acts 18:2; 1 Peter 1:1
  • 8. Acts 16:6; Acts 19:10; Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; 2 Corinthians 1:8; Revelation 1:4
  • 9. Acts 16:6; Acts 18:23
  • 10. Acts 13:13; Acts 14:24; Acts 15:38
  • 11. S Matthew 27:32
  • 12. 1 Corinthians 14:23; Ephesians 5:18
  • 13. 1 Thessalonians 5:7
  • 14. Numbers 11:25; Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 39:29; John 7:37-39; Acts 10:45
  • 15. S Acts 21:9
  • 16. Acts 21:9-12
  • 17. Luke 21:11
  • 18. S Matthew 24:29
  • 19. Genesis 4:26; Genesis 26:25; Psalms 105:1; Acts 9:14; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Timothy 2:22
  • 20. Joel 2:28-32; Romans 10:13
  • 21. S Mark 1:24
  • 22. S John 4:48; Acts 10:38
  • 23. S John 3:2
  • 24. Isaiah 53:10; Luke 22:22; Acts 3:18; Acts 4:28
  • 25. Matthew 16:21; Luke 24:20; Acts 3:13
  • 26. ver 32; Ac 13:30,33,34,37; Acts 17:31; Romans 6:4; Romans 8:11; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Corinthians 15:15; 2 Corinthians 4:14; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 2:12; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 1:21
  • 27. John 20:9
  • 28. ver 31; Acts 13:35
  • 29. Psalms 16:8-11
  • 30. S Acts 22:5
  • 31. Acts 7:8,9
  • 32. 1 Kings 2:10; Acts 13:36
  • 33. Nehemiah 3:16
  • 34. S Matthew 1:1; 2 Samuel 7:12; Psalms 132:11
  • 35. Psalms 16:10
  • 36. S ver 24
  • 37. S Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8
  • 38. S Philippians 2:9
  • 39. S Mark 16:19
  • 40. Acts 1:4
  • 41. John 7:39; John 14:26; John 15:26
  • 42. Acts 10:45
  • 43. Psalms 110:1; S Matthew 22:44
  • 44. S Matthew 28:18
  • 45. S Luke 2:11
  • 46. Lk 3:10,12,14; Acts 16:30
  • 47. ver 41; Ac 8:12,16,36,38; Acts 9:18; Acts 10:48; Acts 16:15,33; Acts 19:5; Acts 22:16; Colossians 2:12
  • 48. Jeremiah 36:3; Mark 1:4; S Luke 24:47; Acts 3:19
  • 49. S John 20:22
  • 50. Isaiah 44:3; Isaiah 65:23
  • 51. Isaiah 57:19; Acts 10:45; Ephesians 2:13
  • 52. Deuteronomy 32:5; Philippians 2:15

Footnotes 6

  • [a]. Or "languages" ; also in verse 11
  • [b]. That is, the Roman province by that name
  • [c]. Joel 2:28-32
  • [d]. Or "of those not having the law" (that is, Gentiles)
  • [e]. Psalm 16:8-11 (see Septuagint)
  • [f]. Psalm 110:1
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