Acts 2
New Heart English Bible
1Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them. 4They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.

5Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout people from every nation under the sky. 6When this sound was heard, the crowd came together, and were bewildered, because everyone heard them speaking in his own language. 7They were all amazed and marveled, saying, "Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8How do we hear, everyone in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, 10Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabians: we hear them speaking in our tongues the mighty works of God." 12They were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, "What does this mean?" 13Others, mocking, said, "They are filled with new wine."

14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke out to them, "You men of Judea, and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words. 15For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is only nine in the morning. 16But this is what has been spoken through the prophet Joel:

17'And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.

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

19And I will show wonders in the sky above, and signs on the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and billows of smoke.

20The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.

21And it will be that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.'

22"Men of Israel, hear these words. Jesus the Nazorean, a man approved by God to you by mighty works and wonders and signs which God did by him in the midst of you, even as you yourselves know, 23him, being delivered up by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, by the hand of lawless men, crucified and killed; 24whom God raised up, having freed him from the pains of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it.

25For David says concerning him, 'I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand, that I should not be shaken.

26Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced, and moreover my flesh also will dwell in hope;

27because you will not abandon my soul in Sheol, neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay.

28You made known to me the paths of life. You will make me full of joy in your presence.'

29"Brothers, I may tell you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that one of his descendants would sit on his throne, 31he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he left in Sheol, nor did his flesh see decay. 32This Jesus God raised up, to which we all are witnesses. 33Being therefore exalted by the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this, which you see and hear.

34For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit by my right hand,

35until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."' 36"Let all the house of Israel therefore know certainly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."

37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what should we do?" 38Peter said to them, "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. 39For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself." 40With many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation." 41Then those who received his word were baptized. There were added that day about three thousand souls. 42They continued steadfastly in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer.

43Fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44All who believed were together, and had all things in common. 45They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. 46Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 47praising God, and having favor with all the people. The Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2023

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