Acts 3

Peter and John Heal a Lame Man at the Temple

3:1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time1 for prayer,2 at three o’clock in the afternoon.3 3:2 And a man lame4 from birth5 was being carried up, who was placed at the temple gate called “the Beautiful Gate” every day6 so he could beg for money7 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 directly11 at him (as did John) and said, “Look at us!” 3:5 So the lame man12 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 name14 of Jesus Christ15 the Nazarene, stand up and16 walk!” 3:7 Then17 Peter18 took hold19 of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man’s20 feet and ankles were made strong.21 3:8 He22 jumped up,23 stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts24 with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 3:9 All25 the people saw him walking and praising God, 3:10 and they recognized him as the man who used to sit and ask for donations26 at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with astonishment and amazement27 at what had happened to him.

Peter Addresses the Crowd

3:11 While the man28 was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway29 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? Why32 do you stare at us as if we had made this man33 walk by our own power or piety? 3:13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,34 the God of our forefathers,35 has glorified36 his servant37 Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected38 in the presence of Pilate after he had decided39 to release him. 3:14 But you rejected40 the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you. 3:15 You killed41 the Originator42 of life, whom God raised43 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. The47 faith that is through Jesus48 has given him this complete health in the presence49 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 foretold51 long ago through52 all the prophets – that his Christ53 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 refreshing54 may come from the presence of the Lord,55 and so that he may send the Messiah56 appointed57 for you – that is, Jesus. 3:21 This one58 heaven must59 receive until the time all things are restored,60 which God declared61 from times long ago62 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 obey63 him in everything he tells you.64 3:23 Every person65 who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed66 from the people.’67 3:24 And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced68 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 descendants70 all the nations71 of the earth will be blessed.’72 3:26 God raised up73 his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning74 each one of you from your iniquities.”75

Next Chapter