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Acts 2:1–33

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The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

2 When the day of Pentecostt came, they were all togetheru in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.v They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spiritw and began to speak in other tonguesa x as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearingy Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed,z they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?a Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,b Pontusc and Asia,b d 10 Phrygiae and Pamphylia,f Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene;g 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.”h

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!i 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.j

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,k

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.l

19 I will show wonders in the heavens above

and signs on the earth below,m

blood and fire and billows of smoke.

20 The sun will be turned to darkness

and the moon to bloodn

before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

21 And everyone who calls

on the name of the Lordo will be saved.’c p

22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazarethq was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs,r which God did among you through him,s as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge;t and you, with the help of wicked men,d put him to death by nailing him to the cross.u 24 But God raised him from the dead,v freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.w 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.x

28 You have made known to me the paths of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence.’e y

29 “Fellow Israelites,z I can tell you confidently that the patriarcha David died and was buried,b and his tomb is herec 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.d 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.e 32 God has raised this Jesus to life,f and we are all witnessesg of it. 33 Exaltedh to the right hand of God,i he has received from the Fatherj the promised Holy Spiritk and has poured outl what you now see and hear.

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