The Book of Acts – Chapter 2܀ ܦܪܟܣܣ ܕܫܠܝ̈ܚܐ ܀
1 And when the days of Pentecost were fully come, while they were all assembled together,
2 suddenly there was a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind; and the whole house where they were sitting was filled with it.
3 And there appeared to them tongues, which were divided like flame; and they rested upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled* with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in diverse languages, as the Spirit gave them to speak.
5 Now there were resident at Jerusalem persons who feared God, Jews from all the nations under heaven.
6 And when that sound occurred, all the people collected together; and they were agitated, because they every one heard them speaking in their own languages.
7 And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another:
All these who speak behold, are they not Galileans?
8 And how do we hear, each his own language, in which we were born ?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and those dwelling between the rivers, Jews and Cappadocians, and those from the region of Pontus and of Asia,
10 and those from the region of Phrygia, and of Pamphylia, and of Egypt, and of the parts of Lybia near Cyrene, and those who have come from Rome, Jews and proselytes ;
11 and those from Crete, and Arabians. Lo, we hear them speak in our own languages the wonders of God.
12 And they all wondered and were astonished, saying one to another:
From whom is this thing?
13 Others however ridiculed* them, saying:
They have drunken new wine, and are intoxicated.
14 And afterwards Simon Cephas rose up, with the eleven legates, and elevated his voice, and said to them:
Men, Jews, and all ye that reside at Jerusalem; be this known to you, and hearken ye to my words.
15 For these are not intoxicated, as ye suppose:
for lo, it is yet but the third hour.
16 But this is what was spoken by Joel the prophet:
17 It shall be in the last days, saith God, that I will pour my Spirit upon all flesh:
and your sons shall prophesy*, and your daughters and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And upon:
my servants and my handmaids will I pour my Spirit, in those days, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will give signs in heaven, and prodigies on earth, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.
20 And the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and fearful day of the Lord come.
21 And it shall be, that whoever will call on the name of the Lord, shall live.
22 Men, sons of Israel, hear ye these words:
Jesus the Nazarean, a man made manifest among you by God, by those deeds of power and prodigies which God wrought among you by his hand, as ye yourselves know;
23 him, being hereto appointed by the prescience and the good pleasure of God, ye have delivered into the hands of the wicked; and have crucified and slain.
24 But God hath resuscitated him, and hath loosed the cords of the grave; because it could not be, that he should be held in the grave.
25 For David said of him:
I foresaw my Lord at all times; for he is on my right hand, so that I shall not be moved.
26 Therefore my heart doth rejoice, and my glory exult, and also my body shall abide in hope.
27 For thou wilt not leave my soul in the grave, nor wilt thou give thy pious one to see corruption.
28 Thou hast revealed to me the path of life; thou wilt fill me with joy with thy presence.
29 Men, brethren, I may speak to you explicitly of the patriarch David, that he died, and also was buried; and his sepulchre is with us to this day.
30 For he was a prophet, and he knew, that God had sworn to him by an oath:
Of the fruit of thy bowels, I will seat [one] on thy throne.
31 And he foresaw, and spoke of the resurrection of Messiah, that he was not left in the grave, neither did his body see corruption.
32 This Jesus hath God resuscitated; and we all are his witnesses.
33 And he it is, who is exalted by the right hand of God, and hath received from the Father a promise respecting the Holy Spirit, and hath sent this gift which, lo, ye see and hear.
34 For David hath not ascended into heaven; because he himself said:
The Lord said to my Lord, seat thyself at my right hand,
35 until I shall place thy enemies a footstool to thy feet.
36 Therefore, let all the house of Israel know, assuredly, that God hath made that Jesus whom ye crucified, to be Lord and Messiah.
37 And when they heard these things, they were agitated in their heart; and they said to Simon and to the rest of the legates:
Brethren, what shall we do ?
38 Simon said to them:
Repent, and be baptized every one of you, in the name of the Lord Jesus, for the remission of sins; so that ye may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all those afar off whom God will call.
40 And in many other words he testified to them, and entreated of them, saying:
Live ye from this perverse generation.
41 And some of them readily received his discourse, and believed, and were baptized. And there were added, on that day, about three thousand souls.
42 And they persevered in the doctrine of the legates; and were associated together in prayer, and in breaking the eucharist.
43 And fear was on every mind:
and many signs and prodigies were [wrought] by the hand of the legates in Jerusalem.
44 And all they who believed, were together; and whatever belonged to them, was of the community.
45 And they who had a possession, sold* it, and divided to each one as he had need.
46 And they continued daily in the temple, with one soul:
and at home, they broke bread and took food rejoicing, and in the simplicity of their heart.
47 And they praised God, and had favor with all the people. And our Lord added daily to the assembly those who became alive.
* v. 4 – under the influence of, as in drunk; hangover may ensue, some dry up, some sober and never drink again, spiritually applied
v. 13 – i.e. not everyone understood what was being preached
v. 17 – ‘prophecy’ always means to preach
v. 45 – comment: the result of the power of the Spirit covering them in this specific event; this did not establish a socialist trend which Israel initiated following the giving of the Law.
2 Maccabees 9
1 About that time came Antiochus with dishonour out of the country of Persia 2 For he had entered the city called Persepolis, and went about to rob the temple, and to hold the city; whereupon the multitude running to defend themselves with their weapons put them to flight; and so it happened, that Antiochus being put to flight of the inhabitants returned with shame. 3 Now when he came to Ecbatane, news was brought him what had happened unto Nicanor and Timotheus. 4 Then swelling with anger. he thought to avenge upon the Jews the disgrace done unto him by those that made him flee. Therefore commanded he his chariotman to drive without ceasing, and to dispatch the journey, the judgment of God now following him. For he had spoken proudly in this sort, That he would come to Jerusalem and make it a common burying place of the Jews. 5 But the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, smote him with an incurable and invisible plague: or as soon as he had spoken these words, a pain of the bowels that was remediless came upon him, and sore torments of the inner parts; 6 And that most justly: for he had tormented other men’s bowels with many and strange torments. 7 Howbeit he nothing at all ceased from his bragging, but still was filled with pride, breathing out fire in his rage against the Jews, and commanding to haste the journey: but it came to pass that he fell down from his chariot, carried violently; so that having a sore fall, all the members of his body were much pained. 8 And thus he that a little afore thought he might command the waves of the sea, (so proud was he beyond the condition of man) and weigh the high mountains in a balance, was now cast on the ground, and carried in an horselitter, shewing forth unto all the manifest power of God. 9 So that the worms rose up out of the body of this wicked man, and whiles he lived in sorrow and pain, his flesh fell away, and the filthiness of his smell was noisome to all his army. 10 And the man, that thought a little afore he could reach to the stars of heaven, no man could endure to carry for his intolerable stink. 11 Here therefore, being plagued, he began to leave off his great pride, and to come to the knowledge of himself by the scourge of God, his pain increasing every moment. 12 And when he himself could not abide his own smell, he said these words, It is meet to be subject unto God, and that a man that is mortal should not proudly think of himself if he were God. 13 This wicked person vowed also unto the Lord, who now no more would have mercy upon him, saying thus, 14 That the holy city (to the which he was going in haste to lay it even with the ground, and to make it a common buryingplace,) he would set at liberty: 15 And as touching the Jews, whom he had judged not worthy so much as to be buried, but to be cast out with their children to be devoured of the fowls and wild beasts, he would make them all equals to the citizens of Athens: 16 And the holy temple, which before he had spoiled, he would garnish with goodly gifts, and restore all the holy vessels with many more, and out of his own revenue defray the charges belonging to the sacrifices: 17 Yea, and that also he would become a Jew himself, and go through all the world that was inhabited, and declare the power of God. 18 But for all this his pains would not cease: for the just judgment of God was come upon him: therefore despairing of his health, he wrote unto the Jews the letter underwritten, containing the form of a supplication, after this manner: 19 Antiochus, king and governor, to the good Jews his citizens wisheth much joy, health, and prosperity: 20 If ye and your children fare well, and your affairs be to your contentment, I give very great thanks to God, having my hope in heaven. 21 As for me, I was weak, or else I would have remembered kindly your honour and good will returning out of Persia, and being taken with a grievous disease, I thought it necessary to care for the common safety of all: 22 Not distrusting mine health, but having great hope to escape this sickness. 23 But considering that even my father, at what time he led an army into the high countries. appointed a successor, 24 To the end that, if any thing fell out contrary to expectation, or if any tidings were brought that were grievous, they of the land, knowing to whom the state was left, might not be troubled: 25 Again, considering how that the princes that are borderers and neighbours unto my kingdom wait for opportunities, and expect what shall be the event. I have appointed my son Antiochus king, whom I often committed and commended unto many of you, when I went up into the high provinces; to whom I have written as followeth: 26 Therefore I pray and request you to remember the benefits that I have done unto you generally, and in special, and that every man will be still faithful to me and my son. 27 For I am persuaded that he understanding my mind will favourably and graciously yield to your desires. 28 Thus the murderer and blasphemer having suffered most grievously, as he entreated other men, so died he a miserable death in a strange country in the mountains. 29 And Philip, that was brought up with him, carried away his body, who also fearing the son of Antiochus went into Egypt to Ptolemeus Philometor.
2 Maccabees 9 KJVA