Acts 2:4
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King James Version
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

World English 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.

Young's Literal Translation
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.

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Geneva Study Bible

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with {c} other tongues, as the {d} Spirit gave them utterance.

(c) He calls them other tongues which were not the same as the apostles commonly used, and Mark calls them new tongues.

(d) By this we understand that the apostles were not speaking one language and then another by chance at random, or as eccentric men used to do, but that they kept in mind the languages of their hearers: and to be short, that they only spoke as the Holy Spirit directed them to speak.

Scofield Reference Notes

[1] Holy Ghost

The Holy Spirit, N.T. Summary (see Mal 2.15, note): See Scofield Note: "Mal 2:15".

(1) The Holy Spirit is revealed as a divine Person. This is expressly declared (e.g.) Jn 14:16,17,26 15:26 16:7-15 Mt 28:19 and everywhere implied.

(2) The revelation concerning Him is progressive

(a) In the O.T. See Scofield Note: "Mal 2:15". He comes upon whom He will, apparently without reference to conditions in them

(b) During His earth-life, Christ taught His disciples Lk 11:13 that they might receive the Spirit through prayer to the Father.

(c) At the close of His ministry He promised that He would Himself pray the Father, and that in answer to prayer the Comforter would come to abide Jn 14:16,17.

(d) On the evening of His resurrection He came to the disciples in the upper room, and breathed on them saying, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost" Jn 20:22 but instructed them to wait before beginning their ministry till the Spirit should come upon them Lk 24:49 Acts 1:8.

(e) On the day of Pentecost the Spirit came upon the whole body of believers Acts 2:1-4

(f) After Pentecost, Song long as the Gospel was preached to Jews only, the Spirit was imparted to such as believed by the laying on of hands Acts 8:17 9:17.

(g) When Peter opened the door of the kingdom to the Gentiles (Ac 10.), the Holy Spirit, without delay, or other condition than faith, was given to those who believed. Acts 10:44 11:15-18. This is the permanent fact for the entire church age. Every believer is born of the Spirit Jn 3:3,6 1Jn 5:1 indwelt by the Spirit, whose presence makes the believer's body a temple 1Cor 6:19 Rom 8:9-15 1Jn 2:27 Gal 4:6 and baptized by the Spirit 1Cor 12:12,13 1Jn 2:20,27 thus sealing him for God Eph 1:13 4:30.

(3) The N.T. distinguishes between having the Spirit, which is true of all believers, and being filled with the Spirit, which is the believer's privilege and duty (cf) Acts 2:4 with Acts 4:29-31 Eph 1:13,14 with Eph 5:18. --"One baptism, many fillings."

(4) The Holy Spirit is related to Christ in His Conception Mt 1:18-20 Lk 1:35 baptism Mt 3:16 Mk 1:10 Lk 3:22 Jn 1:32,33 walk and service Lk 4:1,14 resurrection Rom 8:11, and as His witness throughout this age Jn 15:26 16:8-11,13,14.

(5) The Spirit forms the church Mt 16:18 See Scofield Note: "Heb 12:23" by baptizing all believers into the body of Christ 1Cor 12:12,13, imparts gifts for service to every member of that body 1Cor 12:7-11,27,30, guide the members in their service Lk 2:27 4:1 Acts 16:6,7 and is Himself the power of that service Acts 1:8 2:4 1Cor 2:4.

(6) The Spirit abides in the company of believers who constitute a local church, making of them, corporately, a temple 1Cor 3:16,17.

(7) Christ indicates a threefold personal relationship of the Spirit to the believer: "With", "In", "upon" Jn 14:17 Lk 24:49 Acts 1:8. "With" indicates the approach of God to the soul, convicting of sin Jn 16:9 presenting Christ as the object of faith Jn 16:14 imparting faith Eph 2:8 and regenerating Jn 3:3-16. "In" describes the abiding presence of the Spirit in the believer's body 1Cor 6:19 to give victory over the flesh Rom 8:2-4 Gal 5:16,17 to create the Christian character Gal 5:22,23 to help infirmities Rom 8:26 to inspire prayer Eph 6:18 to give conscious access to God Eph 2:18 to actualize to the believer his sonship Gal 4:6 to apply the Scripture in cleansing and sanctification Eph 5:26 2Th 2:13 1Pet 1:2 to comfort and intercede Acts 9:31 Rom 8:26 and to reveal Christ Jn 16:14.

(8) Sins against the Spirit committed by unbelievers are: To blaspheme Mt 12:31, resist Acts 7:51, insult Heb 10:29, "despite," lit. insult). Believers' sins against the Spirit are: To grieve Him by allowing evil in heart or life Eph 4:30,31 and to quench Him by disobedience 1Th 5:19.

The right attitude toward the Spirit is yieldedness to His sway in walk and service, and in constant willingness that He shall "put away" whatever grieves Him or hinders His power Eph 4:31.

(9) The symbols of the Spirit are: (a) oil Jn 3:34 Heb 1:9 (b) water, Jn 7:38,39, (c) wind Acts 2:2 Jn 3:8, (d) fire Acts 2:3, (e) a dove Mt 3:16, (f) a seal Eph 1:13 4:30, (g) an earnest or pledge Eph 1:14.

Acts 2:4 Parallel Commentaries

Library
March 4. "They were all Filled with the Holy Ghost" (Acts ii. 4).
"They were all filled with the Holy Ghost" (Acts ii. 4). Blessed secret of spiritual purity, victory and joy, of physical life and healing, and all power for service. Filled with the Spirit there is no room for self or sin, for fret or care. Filled with the Spirit we repel the elements of disease that are in the air as the red-hot iron repels the water that touches it. Filled with the Spirit we are always ready for service, and Satan turns away when he finds the Holy Ghost enrobing us in His garments
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Pentecost
Text: Acts 2, 1-13. 1 And when the day of Pentecost was now come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. II

Pentecost Monday
Text: Acts 2, 14-28. Only the text, without a sermon, is printed in the edition of 1559 of Luther's works. This and the following epistle text are too long to consider here, as they contain so many beautiful quotations from the Old Testament, which should not be passed over too briefly. Hence their discussion is reserved for their proper place.
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. II

The Abiding Gift and Its Transitory Accompaniments
'And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

The Fourfold Symbols of the Spirit
'A rushing mighty wind.' ... 'Cloven tongues like as of fire.' ... 'I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh.' --ACTS ii. 2, 3, 17. 'Ye have an unction from the Holy One.'--1 JOHN ii. 20. Wind, fire, water, oil,--these four are constant Scriptural symbols for the Spirit of God. We have them all in these fragments of verses which I have taken for my text now, and which I have isolated from their context for the purpose of bringing out simply these symbolical references. I think that perhaps we
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

Peter's First Sermon
'This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. 34. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit Thou on My right hand, 35. Until I make Thy foes Thy footstool. 36. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

The Historical and Spiritual Causes of the Death of Christ
"Him, being by the determined will and foreknowledge of God given up, through the hand of lawless men, ye affixed to a cross and slew."--ACTS II. 23. St. Paul places this in the very forefront of that gospel which, as it had been delivered to him, so he in his turn had delivered to the Corinthians, that "Christ died for our sins." Neglecting all, deeper interpretations of this, it is at least clear that in the apostle's mind there was the closest and most intimate connexion between the death of
J. H. Beibitz—Gloria Crucis

The Necessity and Benefits of Religious Society
Eccles. 4:9-12 -- "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe be to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat; but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Among the many reasons assignable for the sad decay of true Christianity, perhaps the neglecting
George Whitefield—Selected Sermons of George Whitefield

The Great Assize
[i.e., The Last Judgment -- GL] [21] "We shall all stand before the judgement-seat of Christ." Rom. 14:10. 1. How many circumstances concur to raise the awfulness of the present solemnity! -- The general concourse of people of every age, sex, rank, and condition of life, willingly or unwillingly gathered together, not only from the neighboring, but from distant, parts; criminals, speedily to be brought forth and having no way to escape; officers, waiting in their various posts, to execute the orders
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

The Means of Grace
"Ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them." Mal. 3:7. I. 1. But are there any ordinances now, since life and immortality were brought to light by the gospel? Are there, under the Christian dispensation, any means ordained of God, as the usual channels of his grace? This question could never have been proposed in the apostolical church, unless by one who openly avowed himself to be a Heathen; the whole body of Christians being agreed, that Christ had ordained certain outward means,
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

Cross References
1 Samuel 1:14
And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.

Mark 16:17
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Acts 1:5
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

Acts 1:8
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 2:3
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

Acts 4:8
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

Acts 4:31
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

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