Acts 2:3

“And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And there appeared vnto them clouen tongues, like as of fire, and it sate vpon each of them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they saw tongues, like flames of fire, coming to rest on every one of them.
- Basic English Bible

And there appeared to them parted tongues, as of fire, and it sat upon each one of them.
- Darby Bible

And there appeared to them, cloven tongues as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
- Webster's Bible

and they saw tongues of what looked like fire distributing themselves over the assembly, and on the head of each person a tongue alighted.
- Weymouth Bible

Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them.
- World English Bible

And diuerse tungis as fier apperiden to hem, and it sat on ech of hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

and there appeared to them divided tongues, as it were of fire; it sat also upon each one of them,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 2:3


2:3 And there appeared distinct tongues, as of fire - That is, small flames of fire. This is all which the phrase, tongues of fire, means in the language of the seventy. Yet it might intimate God's touching their tongues as it were (together with their hearts) with Divine fire: his giving them such words as were active and penetrating, even as flaming fire.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 2:3


Ac 2:3 There appeared unto them cloven tongues. Luminous tongues sat on each of them, "parting asunder" (Revised Version), or "distributing themselves" (margin). Meyer says that the idea is that they parted and distributed themselves on those present. These tongues symbolized the fact that the kingdom now inaugurated was to conquer by the spoken word, by the sword of the Spirit.

Discussion for Acts 2

  • Wayne
    VV.38 and 41: repent and be saved, baptized, and they received the Holy Ghost. No speaking in other languages needed that day. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Speaking another language is a sign to unbelievers, not believers.
  • Jamilah Noble
    All throughout the Bible including mark 16:16 baptism is apart of salvation
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    From the book of Acts to the book of Jude, its all there. Speaking in Tongues is an absolute must for you to manafest because Gods Holy Word says so. The Word of God IS the WILL of God, Amen and Amen indeed. Shalom yedda dim {beloved one}.
  • MISSIONERY PASTOR TIMOTHY MUSAU
    THE CHURCH JESUS WAS BORN AT PENTECOST DAY, SET APART ON THE SAME DAY, CAME UP WITH A DIFFERENT SYSTEM OF ERADICATING POVERTY BY SHARING WHAT THEY HAD ACCORDING TO THEIR NEEDS AND NOBODY LACKED THUS COVERING EACH OTHERS NAKEDNESS.
  • Magnocrat
    Devout men of every nation : does that mean they were religious men
  • Irene123
    What I think of Acts 2 is -- it is THE beginning of Jesus' church and HIS salvation is found in verse 38.

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