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?

What shall we do? (Lk 3:10-3:10)

“The crowds

Asked him.

‘What then should we do?’”


Καὶ ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν οἱ ὄχλοι λέγοντες Τί οὖν ποιήσωμεν;


Now there are a series of unique sayings of Luke about John and his preaching that are not found elsewhere in the biblical writings.  Apparently, there were a number of questions that people were asking John.  Luke said that the crowds asked him (Καὶ ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν οἱ ὄχλοι λέγοντες) what should they do (Τί οὖν ποιήσωμεν)?  John was considered to be a moral teacher.  Thus, the crowds of people who came to repent with baptism wanted to know what were they to do now that they were baptized.  What did repentance look like?