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!(A) 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.(B)
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,(C)
    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.(D)
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,(E)
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood(F)
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord(G) will be saved.’[a](H)

22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth(I) was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs,(J) which God did among you through him,(K) as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge;(L) and you, with the help of wicked men,[b] put him to death by nailing him to the cross.(M) 24 But God raised him from the dead,(N) freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.(O)

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  1. Acts 2:21 Joel 2:28-32
  2. Acts 2:23 Or of those not having the law (that is, Gentiles)

Peter’s Sermon

14 But Peter, taking his stand with (A)the other eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, [a]know this, and pay attention to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you assume, (B)since it is only the [b]third hour of the day; 16 but this is what has been spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 (C)And it shall be in the last days,’ God says,
That I will pour out My Spirit on all [c]mankind;
And your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
And your young men will see visions,
And your old men will [d]have dreams;
18 And even on My male and female [e]servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days,
And they will prophesy.
19 And I will [f]display wonders in the sky above
And signs on the earth below,
Blood, fire, and [g]vapor of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.
21 And it shall be that (D)everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: (E)Jesus the Nazarene, (F)a Man [h]attested to you by God with [i]miracles and (G)wonders and [j]signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— 23 this Man, delivered over by the (H)predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, (I)you nailed to a cross by the hands of [k]godless men and put Him to death. 24 [l]But (J)God raised Him from the dead, putting an end to the [m]agony of death, since it (K)was impossible for Him to be held [n]in its power.

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  1. Acts 2:14 Lit let this be known to you
  2. Acts 2:15 I.e., 9 a.m.
  3. Acts 2:17 Lit flesh
  4. Acts 2:17 Lit dream with dreams
  5. Acts 2:18 Or slaves
  6. Acts 2:19 Lit give
  7. Acts 2:19 I.e., like a volcanic eruption
  8. Acts 2:22 Or exhibited; or accredited
  9. Acts 2:22 Or works of power
  10. Acts 2:22 I.e., confirming miracles
  11. Acts 2:23 Lit men without the Law; i.e., pagan
  12. Acts 2:24 Lit Whom God raised up
  13. Acts 2:24 Lit birth pains
  14. Acts 2:24 Lit by it