What shall we do? (Acts 2:37)

“Now when they heard this,

They were cut

To the heart.

They said to Peter

And to the other apostles.


What shall we do?’”

Ἀκούσαντες δὲ κατενύγησαν τὴν καρδίαν, εἶπόν τε πρὸς τὸν Πέτρον καὶ τοὺς λοιποὺς ἀποστόλους Τί ποιήσωμεν, ἄνδρες ἀδελφοί;

The author of Acts indicated that some of the people, when they heard (Ἀκούσαντες δὲ) this speech of Peter, they were cut (κατενύγησαν) to the heart (τὴν καρδίαν).  Acts is the only Greek biblical writing that used this word κατενύγησαν that means to prick violently, pierced, stung, or smitten. They said both (εἶπόν τε) to Peter (πρὸς τὸν Πέτρον) and the other apostles (λοιποὺς ἀποστόλους).  “Brothers (ἄνδρες ἀδελφοί)!  What shall we do (Τί ποιήσωμεν)?”  After Peter had finished his speech, a number of those listening to him said that their hearts were struck or disturbed.  They asked Peter and the other apostles what should they do?  Do you ask Jesus what to do?

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