Acts 2:1-21 Bible in Basic English

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

2 1  And when the day of Pentecost was come, they were all together in one place. 2  And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like the rushing of a violent wind, and all the house where they were was full of it. 3  And they saw tongues, like flames of fire, coming to rest on every one of them. 4  And they were all full of the Holy Spirit, and were talking in different languages, as the Spirit gave them power.

5  Now there were living at Jerusalem, Jews, God-fearing men, from every nation under heaven. 6  And when this sound came to their ears, they all came together, and were greatly surprised because every man was hearing the words of the disciples in his special language. 7  And they were full of wonder and said, Are not all these men Galilaeans? 8  And how is it that every one of us is hearing their words in the language which was ours from our birth? 9  Men of Parthia, Media, and Elam, and those living in Mesopotamia, in Judaea and Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia, 10  In Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and those who have come from Rome, Jews by birth and others who have become Jews, 11  Men of Crete and Arabia, to all of us they are talking in our different languages, of the great works of God. 12  And they were all surprised and in doubt saying to one another, What is the reason of this? 13  But others, making sport of them, said, They are full of new wine.

Peter's Address at Pentecost

14  But Peter, getting up, with the eleven, said in a loud voice, O men of Judaea, and all you who are living in Jerusalem, take note of this and give ear to my words. 15  For these men are not overcome with wine, as it seems to you, for it is only the third hour of the day; 16  But this is the thing which was said by the prophet Joel; 17  And it will come about, in the last days, says God, that I will send out my Spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters will be prophets, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams: 18  And on my men-servants and my women-servants I will send my Spirit, and they will be prophets. 19  And wonders will be seen in heaven, and signs on the earth, blood and fire and smoke: 20  The sun will become dark and the moon will be turned to blood, before that great day of the Lord comes in glory: 21  And whoever makes his prayer to the Lord will have salvation.


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