Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 2:14-36
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 2:14-36. These verses record Peter’s sermon in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost following our Lord’s ascension.

Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost

Acts 2:14-15

¶“14But Peter, standing among the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them, 'Men of Judea, and all you who dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you and heed my words. 15 You suppose these men are drunk, but they are not! Be reasonable. It's only the third hour of the day.” (Acts 2:14-15).

1 Peter’s new boldness

Verse 14

¶ "But Peter, standing among the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them, 'Men of Judea, and all you who dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you and heed my words...' " (Acts 2:14).

Verse 15

¶ " 'You suppose these men are drunk, but they are not! Be reasonable. It's only the third hour of the day.' " (Acts 2:15).

Acts 2:16-21

¶“16But this is what God spoke about through the prophet Joel: 17In the last days, says God, I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy; your young men will see visions; your old men will dream dreams. 18And yes, in those days I will pour out my Spirit on my servants and on my handmaids, and they shall prophesy.(Acts 2:16-18).

¶“19I will show wonders in the sky above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and palls of smoke. 20The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes. 21And so it will be that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Acts 2:19-21).

2 Peter’s quote from the prophet Joel

Verses16-18

¶ " 'But this is what God spoke about through the prophet Joel: In the last days, says God, I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy; your young men will see visions; your old men will dream dreams. And yes, in those days I will pour out my Spirit on my servants and on my handmaids, and they shall prophesy' " (Acts 2:16-18).

Verse 19-20

¶ " 'I will show wonders in the sky above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and palls of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.' " (Acts 2:19-20).

Verse 21

¶ " 'And so it will be that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.' " (Acts 2:21).

Acts 2:22-24

¶“22'Men of Israel, hear these words! Jesus of Nazareth is a man recommended to you by God. You yourselves know this, because in your very midst God wrought mighty works and wonders and signs by him. 23He was then delivered up by the ordaining counsel and foreknowledge of God. You took him, and you crucified and killed him by the hand of men who don't obey God’s law. 24But God released him from the agony of death, and raised him up, because it was impossible for death to keep him captive.'” (Acts 2:22-24).

3 Peter’s main message

Verses 22-24

¶ " 'Men of Israel, hear these words! Jesus of Nazareth is a man recommended to you by God. In your very midst, God wrought mighty works and wonders and signs by him. You yourselves know this. He was then delivered up by the ordaining counsel and foreknowledge of God. You took him, and you crucified and killed him by the hand of men who don't obey God’s law. But God released him from the agony of death, and raised him up, because it was impossible for death to keep him captive.' " (Acts 2:22-24).

Acts 2:25-31

¶“25For David has this to say about Christ: I saw the Lord always facing me, for he is at my right hand that I should not be moved. 26Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. And more than this, my flesh as well will dwell in hope; 27because you will not leave my soul in Hades, neither will you let your Holy One see decay. 28You made known to me the ways of life. You will make me full of joy with your presence.(Acts 2:25-28).

¶“29Brothers, I can say without contradiction that the patriarch David is dead and buried. His tomb is with us to this day. 30So David was speaking as a prophet. He knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that, of the fruit of David’s fleshly body, God would raise up the Christ to sit on David’s throne. 31Foreseeing this, David spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that Christ’s soul was not abandoned in Hades, nor did his flesh see decay.'” (Acts 2:29-31).

4 Peter’s quote from the prophet David

Verses 25-28

¶ " 'For David has this to say about Christ: I saw the Lord always facing me, for he is at my right hand that I should not be moved. Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. And more than this, my flesh as well will dwell in hope; because you will not leave my soul in Hades, neither will you let your Holy One see decay. You made known to me the ways of life. You will make me full of joy with your presence.' " (Acts 2:25-28).

Verses 29-31

¶ " 'Brothers, I can say without contradiction that the patriarch David is dead and buried. His tomb is with us to this day. So David was speaking as a prophet. He knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that, of the fruit of David’s fleshly body, God would raise up the Christ to sit on David’s throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that Christ’s soul was not abandoned in Hades, nor did his flesh see decay.' " (Acts 2:29-31).

Acts 2:32-36

¶“32Jesus is this one whom God raised up. To that fact we all bear witness. 33Jesus has therefore been exalted to the right hand of God. He has received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit. He has poured out this which you now see and hear.” (Acts 2:32-33).

¶“34David didn't ascend into the heavens, but David himself says, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit by my right hand, 35until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. 36Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain, that God has made him both Lord and Christ —this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Acts 2:34-36).

5 Peter’s declaration of the Christ

Verses 32-33

¶ " 'Jesus is this one whom God raised up. To that fact we all bear witness. Jesus has therefore been exalted to the right hand of God. He has received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit. He has poured out this which you now see and hear.' " (Acts 2:32-33).

Verses 34-36

¶ " 'David didn't ascend into the heavens, but David himself says, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit by my right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain, that God has made him both Lord and Christ —this Jesus whom you crucified." (Acts 2:34-36).

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