Modern Literal Version
[Acts 2]

     {NOTES: Acts 1:26-2:1- Chapter and verse divisions were added by man. In the original Acts 1:26 & Acts 2:1 are the same sentence. The 'they' has been disputed by many. Read both Acts 1:26 and Acts 2:1 together without punctuation and decide for yourself. See also Acts 1:5, 2:6.}

     {Pentecost (always Sun.) May 28, 30AD Jerusalem.Pentecost is a transliterated word, G4005, which literal means '50th' as in the 50th day after Passover. The day the New Covenant (Testament) came into force (Heb 9:15-17.}

     2:1 And while* the day of Pentecost was being fulfilled, they were united in the same place.2:2 And suddenly there became a noise from heaven just-like the bringing of a violent wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared to them, divided tongues, like fire, and it sat upon each one of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, just-as the Spirit was giving to them to speak out. 2:5 Now Jews were dwelling in Jerusalem, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 2:6 But when* the {F} voice from this happened, the multitude came together and was confused, because each one was hearing them speaking in his own language. 2:7 Now they were astonished and marveling, saying to one another, Behold, are these not all Galileans who are speaking? 2:8 And how are we hearing each one in our own language in which we were born? 2:9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia, 2:10 in Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and the parts of Libya toward Cyrene and the inhabiting Romans, both Jews and Jewish-converts,2:11 Cretans and Arabs, we hear them speaking in our languages the magnificent things of God. 2:12Now all were astonished and were perplexed, saying to one another, What might this wish to be {i.e. mean}? 2:13 But others sneering, were saying, They are full of new-wine.

    {Footnotes: Acts 2:6, this was a miraculous event, the crowd heard all this like a single voice from afar or figuratively like 'noisy or sounds.'}

     {Examples of those who were saved in the New Testament: Acts 2:14-42; 8:5-13; 8:30-39; 10:34-48; 16:13-15; 16:25-34; 18:8a; 18:8b; 19:1-7; Saul/Apostle Paul: 9:17-18, 22:6-16, 26:12-18.}

     2:14 But Peter, standing up together with the eleven, lifted up his voice and spoke out to them, saying, Men, Jews and all youĎ who are dwelling in Jerusalem, let this be known to youĎ and noticeĎmy words. 2:15 For* these men are not drunken, as youĎ take it to be; for* it is only the third hour {i.e. 9:00 AM} of the day. 2:16 But this is what has been spoken through the prophet Joel, 2:17 God says, 'And it will be in the last days, I will pour out from My Spirit upon all flesh and yourĎ sons and yourĎdaughters will prophesy and yourĎ young-men will see visions and yourĎ elderly-men will dream dreams. 2:18 For-sure, I will pour out of my Spirit upon my male bondservants and upon my femalebondservants in those days, and they will prophesy. 2:19 And I will be giving youĎ wonders in the heaven above and signs upon the earth below; blood and fire and vapor of smoke. 2:20 The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and illustrious day of the Lord comes. 2:21 And it will be, that everyone, whoever calls upon the name of the Lord, will be saved.'{Joel 2:28-32}

     2:22 Men, Israelites! HearĎ these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man from God, having been shown to youĎ by miracles and wonders and signs which God did through him in yourĎ midst, just-as youĎyourselves also know; 2:23 being given up by what had been determined by the plan and foreknowledge of God, youĎ assassinated him, having taken him and fastened him to a cross through lawless hands; 2:24 whom God raised* up, having loosed the travails of death, insomuch as it was not possible for him to be held-fast by it. 2:25 For* David says in regard to him, 'I am seeing the Lord always before my face, in my sight, because he is at my right hand, in order that I might not be shaken. 2:26 Because of this, my heart was joyous and my tongue was glad. Now my flesh will also reside in hope; 2:27 because you will not forsake my soul to Hades, neither will you give your Holy One to see decay. 2:28 You made known to me the ways of life. You will fill me with joy with your countenance.' {Psa 16:8-11}2:29 Brethren, it is legal for me to speak publicly to youĎ concerning the patriarch David, that he is both dead* and was buried and his tomb is among us to this day. 2:30Therefore being* a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that from the fruit of his loins, to raise* up the Christ according to the flesh to sit upon his throne. {Psa 89:3-4, 132:11}2:31 Foreseeing this, he spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left to Hades, nor did his flesh see decay. {Psa 16:10}2:32 This Jesus, God raised* up, of whom we are all witnesses. 2:33 Therefore having been exalted by the right hand of God, and having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he has poured out this, which youĎ are seeing and hearing now. 2:34 For* David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, 'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, 2:35 until I should place your enemies as the footstool of your feet.' {Psa 110:1}2:36 Therefore, let all the house of Israel know with certainty, that God has made* him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom youĎ crucified.

     2:37 Now when* they heard this, they were pierced in their heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do?

     2:38 Now Peter said to them, RepentĎ and be immersed* each one of youĎ in the name of Jesus Christ into the forgiveness of yourĎ sins, and youĎ will be receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. {F}2:39For* the promise is to youĎ and to yourĎ children and to all those at afar off, as many as the Lord our God may call. 2:40 Now he was thoroughly testifying and encouraging them with many other words, saying, SaveĎ yourselves from this crooked generation. 2:41 Therefore indeed, they, who gladly accepted his word, were immersed*, and approximately three thousand souls was added to them in that day. 2:42 Now they were persevering in the apostles' teaching and in fellowship and in the breaking of the bread and in prayers.

    {Acts 2:38 has been a constant 'revolving door' as: '*for,' 'into,' 'to/toward,' 'leading to,' 'leading toward,' 'to obtain' have all been used in the MLV and not everyone is ever satisfied. But they only complain about Acts 2:38 not the other four places this same Greek construction is in the Bible. People who are defending Acts 2:38 keep wanting something besides 'for.' Which was never the translation in the MLV; see list above. 'For' in English can mean 'because' but this word is 'eis' (G1519). No translation has ever used 'because' or 'because of' in Acts 2:38, including the ones made by the Baptist denomination (sadly though some had to put it in as a footnote, ironically some of their older translations used 'leading to/toward'). Thayer used "to obtain." This misunderstanding is also due to the fact the MLV is the only English translation that corrected all the 'for' words by translating them to their more accurate English word. Other than 'for*,' all 'for' words in the MLV which literally meant 'because' are translated as such.

    The second part could possibly be translated 'youĎ will receive the Holy Spirit's gift.'

    We are not sorry that the theologians need to learn!}

     2:43 Now there became fear upon every soul and many wonders and signs were happening through the apostles. 2:44 But all who believed were in the same mind and had all things common. 2:45 They were selling*their properties and possessions and dividing them to all, insomuch as anyone was having a need. 2:46 And persevering, united in the temple and breaking bread, house to house, they were taking their nourishment in gladness and simplicity of heart, 2:47 praising God, and having favor toward the whole people. Now the Lord was adding to the congregation*of believers those who are saved every day.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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