Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: ACTS - Chapter 2

CHAPTER II.

The disciples receive the Holy Ghost. Peter's sermon to the people. The piety of the first converts.

1 And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place:

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared to them cloven tongues, as it were of fire, and it sat upon each one of them:

4 *And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.

5 Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men out of every nation under heaven.

6 And when this voice was made, the multitude came together, and was confounded in mind, because that every one heard them speak in his own tongue.

7 And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying; Behold are not all these, who speak, Galileans?

8 And how have we every one our heard own tongue wherein we were born?

9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome,

11 Jews also, and Proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.

12 And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another; What meaneth this?

13 But others mocking, said; These men are full of new wine.

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my words.

15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day:

16 But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet, Joel;

17 *And it shall come to pass in the last days, (saith the Lord) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

18 And upon my servants indeed, and upon my handmaids, will I pour out in those days of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy:

19 And I will shew wonders in the heaven above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and vapour of smoke.

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord cometh.

21 *And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.

22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus, of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles and wonders, and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as you also know;

23 This same being delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have crucified and put to death by the hands of wicked men:

24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be held by it.

25 For David saith concerning him; *I foresaw the Lord always before my face: because he is at my right hand, that I may not be moved:

26 For this my heart hath been glad, and my tongue hath rejoiced: moreover, my flesh also shall rest in hope:

27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, nor suffer thy holy one to see corruption.

28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

29 Ye men, brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch, David, *that he died, and was buried: and his sepulchre is with us to this present day.

30 Whereas, therefore, he was a prophet, and knew *that God had sworn to him with an oath, that of the fruit of his loins one should sit upon his throne,

31 Foreseeing he spoke of the resurrection of Christ, *for neither was he left in hell, neither did his flesh see corruption.

32 This Jesus hath God raised up again, whereof we are all witnesses.

33 Being exalted, therefore, by the right hand of God, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath poured forth this which you see and hear.

34 For David ascended not into heaven: but he himself said; *The Lord said to my Lord, sit thou on my right hand,

35 Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know most assuredly, that God hath made this Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

37 Now when they had heard these things they had compunction in their heart, and they said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles; What shall we do, men, brethren?

38 But Peter said to them; Do penance, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39 For the promise is to you, and to your children and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call.

40 And with a great many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying; Save yourselves from this perverse generation.

41 They therefore that received his word were baptized: and there were added in that day about three thousand souls.

42 And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles in Jerusalem, and there was great fear in all.

44 And all they that believed were together, and had all things common.

45 They sold their possessions and goods, and divided them to all, according as every one had need.

46 And continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they took their meat with gladness and simplicity of heart:

47 Praising God together, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added daily to their society such as should be saved.

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4: Matthew iii. 11.; Mark i. 8.; Luke iii. 16.; John vii. 39.; Acts i. 8. and xi. 16. and xix. 6.

17: Isaias xliv. 3.; Joel ii. 28.

21: Joel ii. 32.; Romans x. 13.

25: Psalm xv. 18.

29: 3 Kings ii. 10.

30: Psalm cxxxi. 11.

31: Psalm xv. 10.; Acts xiii. 35.

34: Psalm cix. 1.