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Acts 2

1 And when the day of Pentecost was come they were all together. 2 And suddenly [a] noise came to pass like when [a] wind carries violently, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting, 3 and there appeared to them divided tongues like fire, and one sat upon each of them, 4 and they were all filled with [the] Holy Spirit, and they began to be speaking in other tongues just as the spirit was giving them to speak out1. 5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this sound came to pass the multitude was gathered and was amazed, because they were each one hearing them speaking in their own language. 7 And they were astounded and were amazed saying: Behold are not all these speaking Galileans? 8 And how are we each hearing [them] in our own language in which we were born, 9 Parthenians and Medes and Helamites and those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Portos and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphulis, Egypt and the regions of Lybia and Eurene, and visiting Romans, 11 Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabs, we hear them speaking in their tongues the greatness of God? 12 And they were all astounded and perplexed, some saying to others: What do you suppose this to be? 13 But others mocking [them] were saying that: They are filled with new wine. 14 But Peter therefore standing with the eleven, he lifted up his voice and addressed2 them: Judean men and all those dwelling [in] Jerusalem, let3 this be known to you and attend to my words. 15 For these are not drunk as you suppose, for it is the third hour of the day, 16 but this is the [thing] spoken through the prophet Joel4:
17 And it will be in the last days, says God,
I will pour out from my spirit upon all flesh,
And your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
And your young men will see visions,
And your elders will dream dreams
18 And upon my [men]-slaves and upon my [women]-slaves
In those days will I pour out from my spirit
And they will prophesy.
19 And I will give wonders in heaven above
And signs upon the earth below
Blood and fire and mist of smoke
20 The sun will be altered to darkness
And the moon into blood
Before the coming of the great and glorious
day of the Lord
21 And it will be [that] everyone who will call upon
the name of the Lord will be saved.

22 Israelite men, hear these words: Jesus the Nazarene, [a] man attested from God to you by powers and wonders and signs, which God did through him in your midst, just as you yourselves know, 23 This [one] by the fixed intention and foreknowledge of God delivered through the hand of lawless [ones] having been nailed [to the cross] he was taken up, 24 which God raised having loosed the birth-pains of death, because it was not able to hold him under it. 25 For David says to him5:

I foresaw the Lord before me through everything
Because he is from my right [hand],
In order that I now be shaken
26 Because of this my heart was gladdened
and my tongue rejoiced
For yet also will my flesh rejoice upon hope,
27 Because I will not forsake my psyche-life6 to Hades7
Nor will I give my approved [one] to see corruption.
28 You made known to me [the] ways of zoe-life8
You will fill me with gladness with your face.

29 Men brothers, being permitted to speak with openness9 to you concerning the patriarch David, because he also came to [his] end and was buried, and his grave is among you until this day, 30 he being [a] prophet and knowing that God oathed to him an oath [that] from the fruit of his loins [will one] sit upon his throne, 31 having foreknown, he spoke concerning the resurrection of Christ, that:

Neither was he forsaken to Hades10 nor did his flesh see corruption.
32 God resurrected this Jesus, of which we are all witnesses, 33 having been exalted therefore to the right [hand] of God, having received the promise of the Holy Spirit beside the father this [one] poured out what you also see and hear. 34 For David did not go up into the heavens, but he himself says:
The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right [hand
] 35 Until I place your enemies as [a] footstool for your feet.

36 Assuredly therefore let3 all [the] house of Israel be knowing that God made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.

37 Now having heard [this] they were pierced [to] the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: What should we do, men brothers? 38 So Peter [said] to them, Repent and be baptized each [of you] upon the name of Jesus Christ to the forgiveness [of your] sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children and to all [those] to afar, as many as will call upon [the] Lord our God. 40 And with other more words he was witnessing and calling upon them saying: Be saved from this unscrupulous generation. 41 On the one hand therefore having received his word, they were baptized, and added in that day [about] three thousand psyche-lives11 . 42 But on the other hand they were adhering to the teaching of the apostles and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers. 43 Now fear came to pass to every psyche-life11, for many wonders and signs came to pass through the disciples. 44 Now all those having believed were together, having everything in common. 45 And [their] possessions and property they were selling and were distributing to all, according as anyone was having need. 46 [day] by day persisting with one mind in the temple, breaking bread [house] by house, they were sharing nourishment in exultation and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having joy towards all the people. And the Lord added [day] by day [to] all those being saved.

1or "declare boldly"

2"declared boldly"


4Joel 2:28-31


6from PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. Animals have PSYCHEs as well as humans. Contrast ZOE (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected.

7"Hades" (αδης ), the Greek underworld.

8from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.

9or "boldness"

10"Hades" (αδης ), the Greek underworld.

11from PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. Animals have PSYCHEs as well as humans. Contrast ZOE (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected.