Bible: Acts 3:1-26

Peter and John Heal a Lame Man at the Temple

3:1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time 1  for prayer, 2  at three o’clock in the afternoon. 3  3:2 And a man lame 4  from birth 5  was being carried up, who was placed at the temple gate called “the Beautiful Gate” every day 6  so he could beg for money 7  from those going into the temple courts. 8  3:3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts, 9  he asked them for money. 10  3:4 Peter looked directly 11  at him (as did John) and said, “Look at us! 3:5 So the lame man 12  paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, 13  but what I do have I give you. In the name 14  of Jesus Christ 15  the Nazarene, stand up and 16  walk! 3:7 Then 17  Peter 18  took hold 19  of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man’s 20  feet and ankles were made strong. 21  3:8 He 22  jumped up, 23  stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts 24  with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 3:9 All 25  the people saw him walking and praising God, 3:10 and they recognized him as the man who used to sit and ask for donations 26  at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with astonishment and amazement 27  at what had happened to him.

Peter Addresses the Crowd

3:11 While the man 28  was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway 29  called Solomon’s Portico. 30  3:12 When Peter saw this, he declared to the people, “Men of Israel, 31  why are you amazed at this? Why 32  do you stare at us as if we had made this man 33  walk by our own power or piety? 3:13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 34  the God of our forefathers, 35  has glorified 36  his servant 37  Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected 38  in the presence of Pilate after he had decided 39  to release him. 3:14 But you rejected 40  the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you. 3:15 You killed 41  the Originator 42  of life, whom God raised 43  from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses! 44  3:16 And on the basis of faith in Jesus’ 45  name, 46  his very name has made this man – whom you see and know – strong. The 47  faith that is through Jesus 48  has given him this complete health in the presence 49  of you all. 3:17 And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance, 50  as your rulers did too. 3:18 But the things God foretold 51  long ago through 52  all the prophets – that his Christ 53  would suffer – he has fulfilled in this way. 3:19 Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out, 3:20 so that times of refreshing 54  may come from the presence of the Lord, 55  and so that he may send the Messiah 56  appointed 57  for you – that is, Jesus. 3:21 This one 58  heaven must 59  receive until the time all things are restored, 60  which God declared 61  from times long ago 62  through his holy prophets. 3:22 Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey 63  him in everything he tells you. 64  3:23 Every person 65  who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed 66  from the people.’ 67  3:24 And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced 68  these days. 3:25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, 69  saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants 70  all the nations 71  of the earth will be blessed.’ 72  3:26 God raised up 73  his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning 74  each one of you from your iniquities.” 75 

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