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Acts 2:7

    Acts 2:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying, Behold, are not all these that speak Galilaeans?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And they were full of wonder and said, Are not all these men Galilaeans?

    Webster's Revision

    And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying, Behold, are not all these that speak Galilaeans?

    World English Bible

    They were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Behold, aren't all these who speak Galileans?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And they were all amazed and marveled, saying, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 2:7

    Are not all these - Galileans? - Persons who know no other dialect, save that of their own country. Persons wholly uneducated, and, consequently, naturally ignorant of those languages which they now speak so fluently.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 2:7

    Galileans - Inhabitants of Galilee. It was remarkable that they should speak in this manner, because:

    (1) They were ignorant, rude, and uncivilized, John 1:46. Hence, the term Galilean was used as an expression of the deepest reproach and contempt, Mark 14:70; John 7:52.

    (2) Their dialect was proverbially barbarous and corrupt, Mark 14:70; Matthew 26:73. They were regarded as an outlandish people, unacquainted with other nations and languages, and hence, the amazement that they could address them in the refined language of other people. Their native ignorance was the occasion of making the miracle more striking. The native weakness of Christian ministers makes the grace and glory of God more remarkable in the success of the gospel. "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us," 2 Corinthians 4:7. The success which God often grants to those who are of slender endowments and of little learning, though blessed with an humble and pious heart, is often amazing to the people of the world. God has "chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise," 1 Corinthians 1:27. This should teach us that no talent or attainment is too humble to be employed for mighty purposes, in its proper sphere, in the kingdom of Christ; and that pious effort may accomplish much, and then burn in heaven with increasing luster for ever, while pride, and learning, and talent may blaze uselessly among people, and then be extinguished in eternal night.
    Book: Acts