:B:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly out of the sky came a sound like a strong rushing wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. There ap peared 3 tongues as if of fire which parted and came to rest upon each one of them. 4 All were filled with Holy Spirit and began to speak other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
5 Staying in Jerusalem were religious Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd gathered, all excited because each heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Full of amaze ment and wonder, they asked, Are not all these who are speaking Gali leans? 8 How is it that we hear them in our own native language? 9 Here are Parthians, Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopo tamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phry gia, Pam phylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cy rene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and foreigners who accept Jewish beliefs, Cretians and Arabians
12 They were amazed and greatly confused, and they kept as k ing one another, What does this mean? 13 But others laughed and said, These people are drunk.
Peter addresses the crowd
:B:14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven and, with a loud voice, ad dressed them, Fellow Jews and all foreigners now staying in Jeru salem, listen to what I have to say. 15 These people are not drunk as you suppose, for it is only nine oclock in the morning. 16 Indeed what the proph et Joel spoke about has happened:
17In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on every mortal. Your sons and daughters will speak through the Holy Spirit
18In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants, both men and women, and they will be prophets.
19I will perform miracles in the sky above and wonders on the earth below.20The sun will be darkened and the moon will turn red as blood, before the great and glorious Day of the Lord comes.
21And then, whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord will be saved.
22 Fellow Israelites, listen to what I am going to tell you about Jesus of Nazareth. God accredited him and through him did powerful deeds and wonders and signs in your midst, as you well know. 23 You delivered him to sinners to be crucified and killed, and in this way the purpose of God from all times was fulfilled. 24 But God raised him to life and released him from the pain of death, because it was impossible for him to be held in the power of death. 25 David spoke of him when he said: I saw the Lord before me at all times
29 Friends, I dont need to prove that the patriarch David died and was buried
32 This Messiah is Jesus and we are all witnesses that God raised him to life. 33 He has been exalted at Gods right side and the Father has entrusted the Holy Spirit to him
34 And look: David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself said: The Lord said to my Lord: sit at my right side 35until I make your enemies a stool for your feet.36 Let Israel then know for sure that God has made Lord and Christ this Jesus whom you crucified.
37 When they heard this, they were deeply troubled. And they asked Peter and the other apostles, What shall we do, brothers?
38 Peter answered: Each of you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the prom ise of God was made to you and your chil dren, and to all those from afar whom our God may call.
40 With many other words Peter gave the message and appealed to them saying, Save yourselves from this crooked generation. 41 So those who accepted his word were baptized
The first community
:B:42 They were faithful to the teaching of the apostles, the common life of sharing, the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43 A holy fear came upon all the people, for many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 Now all the believers lived together and shared all their belongings. 45 They would sell their property and all they had and distribute the proceeds to others ac cording to their need. 46 Each day they met together in the Temple area