Acts 2:2
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New International Version
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

New Living Translation
Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.

English Standard Version
And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

New American Standard Bible
And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

King James Bible
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying.

International Standard Version
Suddenly, a sound like the roar of a mighty windstorm came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

NET Bible
Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Suddenly there was from Heaven a sound like a mighty wind and the whole place in which they were sitting was filled with it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Suddenly, a sound like a violently blowing wind came from the sky and filled the whole house where they were staying.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

King James 2000 Bible
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

American King James Version
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

Darby Bible Translation
And there came suddenly a sound out of heaven as of a violent impetuous blowing, and filled all the house where they were sitting.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Weymouth New Testament
when suddenly there came from the sky a sound as of a strong rushing blast of wind. This filled the whole house where they were sitting;

World English Bible
Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Young's Literal Translation
and there came suddenly out of the heaven a sound as of a bearing violent breath, and it filled all the house where they were sitting,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-4 We cannot forget how often, while their Master was with them there were strifes among the disciples which should be the greatest; but now all these strifes were at an end. They had prayed more together of late. Would we have the Spirit poured out upon us from on high, let us be all of one accord. And notwithstanding differences of sentiments and interests, as there were among those disciples, let us agree to love one another; for where brethren dwell together in unity, there the Lord commands his blessing. A rushing mighty wind came with great force. This was to signify the powerful influences and working of the Spirit of God upon the minds of men, and thereby upon the world. Thus the convictions of the Spirit make way for his comforts; and the rough blasts of that blessed wind, prepare the soul for its soft and gentle gales. There was an appearance of something like flaming fire, lighting on every one of them, according to John Baptist's saying concerning Christ; He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. The Spirit, like fire, melts the heart, burns up the dross, and kindles pious and devout affections in the soul; in which, as in the fire on the altar, the spiritual sacrifices are offered up. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, more than before. They were filled with the graces of the Spirit, and more than ever under his sanctifying influences; more weaned from this world, and better acquainted with the other. They were more filled with the comforts of the Spirit, rejoiced more than ever in the love of Christ and the hope of heaven: in it all their griefs and fears were swallowed up. They were filled with the gifts of the Holy Ghost; they had miraculous powers for the furtherance of the gospel. They spake, not from previous though or meditation, but as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - From heaven a sound for a sound from heaven, A.V.; as of the rushing of a for as of a rushing, A.V. All the house; showing that it was in a private dwelling, not in the temple (as in Acts 3:1) that they were assembled (see Acts 2:46). Perhaps the word "church" (ὁ κυριακὸς οῖκος) derives its use from these early meetings of the disciples in a house, as distinguished from the temple (τὸ ἱερὸν).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven,.... Which is expressive of the original of the gifts and graces of the Spirit of God, which come from above, from heaven, from the Father of lights; and of the freeness of them, being unmerited; and so come suddenly, at an unawares, being unthought of, undesired, and unexpected, and so certainly undeserved; and may be a symbol of the sound of the Gospel, which from hence was to go forth into all the earth; and may likewise express the rise of that, and the freeness of the grace of God in it, and its sudden spread throughout the world:

as of a rushing mighty wind; it was not a wind, but like one; and the noise it made, was like the rushing noise of a strong and boisterous wind, that carries all before it: the Spirit of God is sometimes compared to the wind, because of the freeness of his operations; as that blows where it listeth, so he works when and where, and on whom he pleases; and also because of the power and efficacy of his grace, which is mighty and irresistible, and works with great energy upon the minds of men; and as the wind is secret and invisible, so the operations of the Spirit are in a manner secret and imperceptible unto men: this may likewise be applied to the Gospel, when it comes with the Holy Ghost, and with power; it makes its way into the heart, and throws down the strong holds of sin and Satan; there it works effectually, though secretly, and is the power of God to salvation:

and it filled all the house where they were sitting; which was the temple, or the upper room or chamber in it, where they were assembled; so in the Ethiopic confession of faith (s) it is said,

"the Holy Ghost descended upon the apostles, in the upper room of Zion;

this may be a symbol of the Gospel filling the whole world,

(s) Vid. Ludolph. not. in Claud. reg. Ethiop. Confess. p. 13.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, &c.—"The whole description is so picturesque and striking that it could only come from an eye-witness" [Olshausen]. The suddenness, strength, and diffusiveness of the sound strike with deepest awe the whole company, and thus complete their preparation for the heavenly gift. Wind was a familiar emblem of the Spirit (Eze 37:9; Joh 3:8; 20:22). But this was not a rush of actual wind. It was only a sound "as of" it.

Acts 2:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Holy Spirit at Pentecost
1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 3:12
Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a loud rumbling sound as the glory of the LORD rose from the place where it was standing.

Acts 2:3
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.

Acts 2:6
When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.

Acts 4:31
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

1 Peter 1:12
It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
Treasury of Scripture

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

suddenly.

Acts 16:25,26 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and …

Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; …

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

Luke 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly …

as.

1 Kings 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand on the mount before the LORD. And, …

Psalm 18:10 And he rode on a cherub, and did fly: yes, he did fly on the wings of the wind.

Songs 4:16 Awake, O north wind; and come, you south; blow on my garden, that …

Ezekiel 3:12,13 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great …

Ezekiel 37:9,10 Then said he to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and …

John 3:8 The wind blows where it wants, and you hear the sound thereof, but …

it.

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled …

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