New American Standard Bible
And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
King James Bible
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
Darby Bible Translation
And having said this, he breathed into them, and says to them, Receive the Holy Spirit:
World English Bible
When he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit!
Young's Literal Translation
and this having said, he breathed on them, and saith to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He breathed on them - It was customary for the prophets to use some significant act to represent the nature of their message. See Jeremiah 13; Jeremiah 18, etc. In this case the act of breathing was used to represent the nature of the influence that would come upon them, and the source of that influence. When man was created, God breathed into him the breath of life, Genesis 2:7. The word rendered "spirit" in the Scriptures denotes wind, air, breath, as well as Spirit. Hence, the operations of the Holy Spirit are compared to the wind, John 3:8; Acts 2:2.
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