Acts 2:7

7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?

Acts 2:7 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 2:7

And they were all amazed, and marvelled
They were struck with surprise, they were as it were out of themselves, like persons in an ecstasy, not knowing what could be the cause or meaning of this:

saying one to another;
the phrase "one to another", is left out in the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions, and so it is in the Alexandrian copy:

behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
rude, unpolished, and unlearned men; who had never been brought up in any school of learning, and had never learned any language but their mother tongue; and that they pronounced with an ill grace, and in a very odd manner; and which made the thing the more astonishing to them. The apostles were inhabitants of Galilee, and so very likely were the greatest part of those that were with them: hence the Christians afterwards, by way of contempt, were called Galilaeans; as they are by Julian F24 the apostate, and others F25.


FOOTNOTES:

F24 Opera, par. 1. Fragment. p. 557. & par. 2. Ep. 49. p. 203, 204.
F25 Arrian. Epictet. l. 4. c. 7.

Acts 2:7 In-Context

5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.
6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.
7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,