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

  • Brandie mcdonald
    It's wonderful I love reading in acts..I love to gain knowledge.God bless.
  • Tilda
    I thank God for such a wonderful gift,of using words to destroy the devil.We see in this scripture that the mouth is the one that we use to call upon the name of Jesus,and it is the same word that God created the earth,so just believe with heart and confess with your mouth and you will be saved because in your words thats where life is,so as your salvation so dont use your mouth to say evil things because it is the one you use to appreciate the works done by Jesus Christ.glory be to Jesus Christ
  • Aldam bande
    Thank you for this bible verse!

    May almighty bless his work through the air to tough each one of us.
  • Aldam bande
    I would like to thank you for receiving daily bible text. May God bless King James Bible Organization.
  • Asher sano
    GOD love me and he heard me ,he will see me and help us
  • JP
    It seems to me, what happened on the day of Pentecost was something of a reversal of what happened at the dispersion at Babel in the book of Genesis. I think speaking in tongues clearly refers to speaking in other languages and was a gift apostles found themselves with granted by the Holy Spirit. This all seems very interesting to me in light of our present day church history. Many thanks!

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