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Acts 2 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The Holy Spirit Comes
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:1 - On the day of Pentecost[fn] all the believers were meeting together in one place.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:2 - Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:3 - Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:4 - And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages,[fn] as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:5 - At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:6 - When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:7 - They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:8 - and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages!
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:9 - Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:10 - Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:11 - (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:12 - They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:13 - But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”
Peter Preaches to the Crowd
(Joe 2:28–32 )
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:14 - Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:15 - These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:16 - No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:17 - ‘In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:18 - In those days I will pour out my Spirit
even on my servants—men and women alike—
and they will prophesy.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:19 - And I will cause wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below—
blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:20 - The sun will become dark,
and the moon will turn blood red
before that great and glorious day of the LORD arrives.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:21 - But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD
will be saved.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:22 - “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene[fn] by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:23 - But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:24 - But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:25 - King David said this about him:
‘I see that the LORD is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:26 - No wonder my heart is glad,
and my tongue shouts his praises!
My body rests in hope.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:27 - For you will not leave my soul among the dead[fn]
or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:28 - You have shown me the way of life,
and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:29 - “Dear brothers, think about this! You can be sure that the patriarch David wasn’t referring to himself, for he died and was buried, and his tomb is still here among us.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:30 - But he was a prophet, and he knew God had promised with an oath that one of David’s own descendants would sit on his throne.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:31 - David was looking into the future and speaking of the Messiah’s resurrection. He was saying that God would not leave him among the dead or allow his body to rot in the grave.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:32 - “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:33 - Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:34 - For David himself never ascended into heaven, yet he said,
‘The LORD said to my Lord,
“Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:35 - until I humble your enemies,
making them a footstool under your feet.”’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:36 - “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:37 - Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:38 - Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:39 - This promise is to you, and to your children, and even to the Gentiles[fn]—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:40 - Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:41 - Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.
The Believers Form a Community
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:42 - All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper[fn]), and to prayer.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:43 - A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:44 - And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:45 - They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:46 - They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 2:47 - all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
NLT Footnotes
The Festival of Pentecost came 50 days after Passover (when Jesus was crucified).
Or in other tongues.
Joel 2:28-32.
Joel 2:28-32.
Joel 2:28-32.
Joel 2:28-32.
Joel 2:28-32.
Or Jesus of Nazareth.
Ps 16:8-11 (Greek version).
Ps 16:8-11 (Greek version).
Greek in Hades; also in 2:31.
Ps 16:8-11 (Greek version).
Ps 16:8-11 (Greek version).
Ps 110:1.
Ps 110:1.
Or and to people far in the future; Greek reads and to those far away.
Greek the breaking of bread; also in 2:46.
Or and sincere hearts.

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