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

  • Irene123
    Dan. FC on 9-30-'16 - quote: "if you have a problem with what Jesus says, then you have a big problem." unquote. Matt.28:19 - "..... baptizing them in the NAME of ..... "; Acts 2:37 - Now when they heard this they were pricked in their heart ..... and said, men and brethren what shall we do?" v.38 - Then said unto them, Repent and baptized in the NAME of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins ..
  • Irene123
    J. Claudio - You need to go to Jesus in prayer for HIS guidance in your ministry, not to people. People will give you THEIR ideas. Jesus told His disciples, Apostles to pray for His words to speak AFTER they r'cvd the power of the Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost. You don't have His spirit or you would know this. I am NOT judging you; please believe that. I pray for God's wisdom for you.
  • C.Lee
    As we use faith we should see Christ and the church that he gave his life for in a new light. God's Word ignites our hearts for worship and for reaching out to our world with the Gospel. The same Holy Spirit dwells in us and gives us power to be a light and impact in this dark world.
  • Irene123
    Does anyone on here know that it was at least15 years after Jesus established His church in Acts ch. 2 that the epistles even BEGAN to be written, the 'epistles' being all the books after Acts. So where did all the scriptures come from that the apostles and disciples use to witness to people during those 15 yrs? Answer - from their knowledge of the O.T. and Jesus' 3 yr. ministry with them.
  • Arthur Angura
    We must be born again if we want to see the Kingdom of God.
    Before the day of Pentecost, the apostles had no POWER to do the will of God.
    Jesus commanded the apostles not to leave Jerusalem,without the power of the Holy Ghost.
    With man it is impossible,but not with God,for with God all things are possible.
    We need power to witness,to pray,to understand the scriptures and to bear fruits .
  • Arthur Angura
    We must be born again if we want to see the Kingdom of God.
    Before the day of Pentecost, the apostles had no POWER to do the will of God.
    Jesus commanded the apostles not to leave Jerusalem,without the power of the Holy Ghost.
    With man it is impossible,but not with God,for with God all things are possible.
    We need power to witness,to pray,to understand the scriptures and to bear fruits .

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