Atos 2

1 DURING the course of the day of Pentecost they were all together in the same place,

2 when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a strong rushing wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 Then there appeared to them, as it were, tongues of flame distributing themselves, and one rested on each of them.

4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues, as the Spirit gave them power of expression.

5 There were Jews living in Jerusalem, pious men from every nation under heaven.

6 When this sound was heard, the crowd came together and were astonished because each one heard them speaking in his own language.

7 They were amazed and, wondering, said, "Are not all these who are talking, Galilaean?

8 How then does each of us hear them in his own native language?

9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and those who live in Mesopotamia, Judas and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

10 Phrygia and Pamphilia, Egypt and the regions of Libya toward Cyrene, visitors from Rome, Jews and proselytes,

11 Cretans and Arabians \'97 we hear them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God."

12 They were all astonished and at a loss, one saying to another, "What does this mean?"

13 Some scoffingly said, "They are full of sweet wine."

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: "Fellow Jews, and all of you who live in Jerusalem, understand this and listen to my words.

15 These are not drunk, as you assume, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning;

16 but this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 'It will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.

18 Yes, upon the slave men and slave girls that are mine I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.

19 I will give portents in heaven above and signs on the earth beneath, blood and fire and vapor of smoke.

20 The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the day of the Lord comes \'97 that great and glorious day.

21 And every one who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'

22 Fellow Israelites, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene was a man proved to be sent to you from God by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through him in the midst of you, as you yourselves know.

23 But when he had been delivered up according to the fixed purpose and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed him through the hands of lawless men.

24 But God freed him from the pangs of death and raised him up, since it was impossible that he should be held under the power of death.

25 For David says of him, 'I saw the Lord always before my face, for he is at my right hand so that I may not be cast down.

26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices, and my flesh still dwells in hope

27 that thou wilt not leave my soul to Hades and wilt not let thy holy one see decay.

28 Thou makest me know the paths of life. Thou wilt fill me with joy in thy presence.'

29 "Brethren, allow me to say frankly to you regarding the patriarch David that he died and was buried and his tomb is among us to this day.

30 But being a prophet and knowing that God had sworn to him an oath to place a descendant of his body upon his throne,

31 he foreseeing spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, saying that he was not left to Hades and that his flesh did not see decay.

32 This Jesus, God raised up, and all of us are witnesses of it.

33 Therefore having been exalted to 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.

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

35 till I make your enemies your footstool.'

36 Let all the house of Israel know surely that this Jesus, whom you crucified, God has made both Lord and Christ."

37 Hearing this they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "What shall we do, brethren?"

38 Peter 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.

39 For the promise belongs to you and to your children and to all those who are far off, as many as the Lord your God may call."

40 With many other words he bore witness and exhorted them, "Save yourselves from this perverse generation."

41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and there were added on that day about three thousand souls.

42 These gave constant attention to the teaching of the apostles and to the fellowship and the breaking of bread and the prayers.

43 Awe came on every soul. Many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44 All who believed had all things together in common.

45 They would sell their lands and goods and distribute to all as any one had need.

46 Every day, continuing with one accord in the Temple courts and in breaking bread from house to house, they ate together in joy and simplicity of heart,

47 praising God and having favor with all the people. The Lord added daily to their number those who were being saved.