Acts 2:4

“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they were all filled with the holy Ghost, and began to speake with other tongues, as the spirit gaue them vtterance.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they were all full of the Holy Spirit, and were talking in different languages, as the Spirit gave them power.
- Basic English Bible

And they were all filled with [the] Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave to them to speak forth.
- Darby Bible

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
- Webster's Bible

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in foreign languages according as the Spirit gave them words to utter.
- Weymouth Bible

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.
- World English Bible

And alle weren fillid with the Hooli Goost, and thei bigunnen to speke diuerse langagis, as the Hooli Goost yaf to hem for to speke.
- Wycliffe Bible

and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, according as the Spirit was giving them to declare.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 2:4


2:4 And they began to speak with other tongues - The miracle was not in the ears of the hearers, (as some have unaccountably supposed,) but in the mouth of the speakers. And this family praising God together, with the tongues of all the world, was an earnest that the whole world should in due time praise God in their various tongues. As the Spirit gave them utterance - Moses, the type of the law, was of a slow tongue; but the Gospel speaks with a fiery and flaming one.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 2:4


Ac 2:4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. All the disciples present. To be "filled" implies that the human spirit within was overwhelmed by, or immersed in, the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Spirit was not a sprinkling, but an outpouring that overwhelmed the human spirit. Began to speak. This was the "Beginning". See Lu 24:47 Ac 11:15. With other tongues. "In other languages" (Revised Version). In the languages of all the different countries from which Jews had come up to Pentecost. Many would be unable to understand the Hebrew dialect of Judea in that period, and hence, they must be preached to in the tongue of their own country if they understood. That the gospel on this, the first day the Great Commission was ever preached, was preached in all tongues, symbolized the fact that it is for all nations. As the Spirit gave them utterance. They were not allowed to preach the Great Commission until now, in order that every word uttered on this day might be the word of the Spirit, not of man. The words were to be spoken to an audience, not of those in Jerusalem only, but to our whole race in all time, in order to show how sinners are to be saved under the gospel.

Discussion for Acts 2

  • Irene123
    Acts 2:4 - I've seen the question on here (on the comments back pgs.) - "I've tried to explain to my congregation that the holy ghost and the holy spirit are two separate things." I'm sure v. 4 is where they got this erroneous idea. Had Luke said, "..... as the ghost gave them utterance." it would have been ludicrous, as you can see. Isa. 1:18 - Come now, let us reason together ..... ".
  • Irene123
    Acts 18:2 says Aquila was from Pontus. I got curious, looked up Pontus. And the article reminded me there were people (Greeks, "strangers") present on the Day of Pentecost, Acts 2:9. It was during the Roman period that Christianity entered Pontus and near-by areas from the Roman 'dispersion'. God wanted His people to spread His word beyond Jerusalem, and this is how he did it.
  • Irene123
    To Nene - thank-you so much for your encouragement. We're walking with Him and He's revealed His truth to us and we have His strength, but - when people disparage us - it hurts; even people we'll never meet, have never seen. That must be the sorrow of His spirit in us ..... ? But I'm fine, going through a 'dry' spell, but I made contact real good with Jesus this a.m. I love you, Nene, in Jesus.
  • Nene
    Praise the Lord Irene 123...being a chosen vessel of God feels so good but I just wanted to comment you....you're doing a wonderful work for God online and I'm sure else where too cause there is so many need truth...we know it's only a few that are chosen because of the sincere heart and not justifying sin..so I will pray for you to keep doing what you feel lead to do for the kingdom. God Bless!!
  • Irene123
    The 4 gospels laid the foundation for the beginning of Jesus' church. The church began in Acts Ch. 2 with the first message by Peter, then the question, " ..... men and brethren, what shall we do?" Peter's answer, "Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift if the Holy Ghost."
    This is salvation.
  • Irene123
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, ...............yet knowing how way leads to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged ...... and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Acts 2:37-38

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