Bible: Acts 2:22-42

2:22Men of Israel, 1  listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, 2  wonders, and miraculous signs 3  that God performed among you through him, just as you yourselves know 2:23 this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed 4  by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles. 5  2:24 But God raised him up, 6  having released 7  him from the pains 8  of death, because it was not possible for him to be held in its power. 9  2:25 For David says about him,

I saw the Lord always in front of me, 10 

for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken.

2:26 Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced;

my body 11  also will live in hope,

2:27 because you will not leave my soul in Hades, 12 

nor permit your Holy One to experience 13  decay.

2:28 You have made known to me the paths of life;

you will make me full of joy with your presence.’ 14 

2:29Brothers, 15  I can speak confidently 16  to you about our forefather 17  David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 2:30 So then, because 18  he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants 19  on his throne, 20  2:31 David by foreseeing this 21  spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, 22  that he was neither abandoned to Hades, 23  nor did his body 24  experience 25  decay. 26  2:32 This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it. 27  2:33 So then, exalted 28  to the right hand 29  of God, and having received 30  the promise of the Holy Spirit 31  from the Father, he has poured out 32  what you both see and hear. 2:34 For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says,

The Lord said to my lord,

Sit 33  at my right hand

2:35 until I make your enemies a footstool 34  for your feet.”’ 35 

2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know beyond a doubt 36  that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified 37  both Lord 38  and Christ.” 39 

The Response to Peter’s Address

2:37 Now when they heard this, 40  they were acutely distressed 41  and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “What should we do, brothers? 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized 42  in the name of Jesus Christ 43  for 44  the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 45  2:39 For the promise 46  is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” 2:40 With many other words he testified 47  and exhorted them saying, “Save yourselves from this perverse 48  generation! 2:41 So those who accepted 49  his message 50  were baptized, and that day about three thousand people 51  were added. 52 

The Fellowship of the Early Believers

2:42 They were devoting themselves to the apostlesteaching and to fellowship, 53  to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 54 

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