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Christian Standard Bible

Acts 2:1–16

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PENTECOST

When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place.a Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing windb came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying.c They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated and rested on each one of them. Then they were all filledd with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues,* as the Spirit enabled them.e

Now there were Jews staying in Jerusalem, devout people from every nationf under heaven. When this sound occurred, a crowd came together and was confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded and amazed, saying,B “Look, aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?g How is it that each of us can hear them in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites; those who live in Mesopotamia, in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,h 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts),i 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the magnificent acts of God in our own tongues.” 12 They were all astounded and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But some sneered and said, “They’re drunk on new wine.”j

PETER’S SERMON

14 Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them: “Fellow Jews and all you residents of Jerusalem, let me explain this to you and pay attention to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it’s only nine in the morning.C 16 On the contrary, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

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