Acts 2: 1-21 (The Message)
1 When the Feast
of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
2 Without warning
there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force - no one could
tell where it came from. It filled the whole building.
3 Then, like a
wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks,
4 and they started
speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted
5 There were many
Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over
6 When they heard
the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after
another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck.
7 They couldn't
for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying,
"Aren't these all Galileans?
8 How come we're
hearing them talk in our various mother tongues?
9 Parthians, Medes,
and Elamites; Visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia,
10 Phrygia and
Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene;
11 both Jews and
proselytes; Even Cretans and Arabs! "They're speaking our languages,
describing God's mighty works!"
12 Their heads
were spinning; they couldn't make head or tail of any of it. They
talked back and forth, confused: "What's going on here?"
13 Others joked,
"They're drunk on cheap wine."
14 That's when
Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold
urgency: "Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem,
listen carefully and get this story straight.
15 These people
aren't drunk as some of you suspect. They haven't had time to get
drunk - it's only nine o'clock in the morning.
16 This is what
the prophet Joel announced would happen:
17 "In the
Last Days," God says, "I will pour out my Spirit on every
kind of people: Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters; Your
young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams.
18 When the time
comes, I'll pour out my Spirit On those who serve me, men and women
both, and they'll prophesy.
19 I'll set wonders
in the sky above and signs on the earth below, Blood and fire and
20 the sun turning
black and the moon blood-red, Before the Day of the Lord arrives,
the Day tremendous and marvelous;
21 And whoever
calls out for help to me, God, will be saved."