A Lame Beggar Healed at the Temple
1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2And a certain man was being carried who was lame from birth.#Literally “from his mother’s womb” He#Literally “who,” but a new sentence was begun here in the translation in keeping with English style was placed every day at the gate of the temple called “Beautiful,” so that he could ask for charitable gifts from those who were going into the temple courts.#*Here “courts” is supplied to distinguish this area from the interior of the temple building itself 3When he#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“saw”) which is understood as temporal saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts,#*Here “courts” is supplied to distinguish this area from the interior of the temple building itself he began asking to receive alms. 4And Peter looked intently at him, together with John, and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“looked intently”) has been translated as a finite verb said, “Look at us!” 5So he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6But Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not possess,#Literally “is not to me” but what I have, this I give to you—in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!”#Some manuscripts have “get up and walk” 7And taking hold of him by the right hand, he raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8And leaping up, he stood and began walking around#*The imperfect tense has been translated as ingressive here (“began walking around”) and entered into the temple courts#*Here “courts” is supplied to distinguish this area from the interior of the temple building itself with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10And they recognized him, that this one#Some manuscripts have “that he himself” was the one who used to sit asking for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with awe and astonishment at what had happened to him.
Peter’s Sermon in Solomon’s Portico
11And while#*Here “while” is supplied as a component of the temporal genitive absolute participle (“was holding fast to”) he was holding fast to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s, utterly astonished. 12And when he#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“saw”) which is understood as temporal saw it,#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation Peter replied to the people, “Men and Israelites, why are you astonished at this? Or why are you staring at us, as if by our own power or godliness we have made him walk? 13The God of Abraham and of Isaac#Some manuscripts have “the God of Isaac” and of Jacob,#Some manuscripts have “the God of Jacob” the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in the presence of Pilate, after#Or “although”; this genitive absolute construction can be understood as either temporal “after” or concessive “although” he had decided to release him.#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation 14But you denied the Holy and Righteous One and demanded that a man—a murderer—be granted to you. 15And you killed the originator of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses! 16And on the basis of faith in his name, his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know, and the faith that is through him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. 17And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. 18But the things which God foretold through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ#Or “Messiah” would suffer, he has fulfilled in this way. 19Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be blotted out, 20so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and he may send the Christ#Or “Messiah” appointed for you—Jesus, 21whom heaven must receive until the times of the restoration of all things, about which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from earliest times. 22Moses said, ‘The Lord God#Some manuscripts have “The Lord your God” will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You will listen to him in everything that he says to you.#A quotation from Deut 18:15 23And it will be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet will be destroyed utterly from the people.’#A quotation from Deut 18:19 and Lev 23:29 24And indeed, all the prophets from Samuel and all those who followed him#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation have spoken about and proclaimed these days. 25You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God ordained with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring all the nations of the earth will be blessed.’#A quotation from Gen 22:18 26God, after he#*Here “after” is supplied as a component of the participle (“had raised up”) which is understood as temporal had raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning each of you back from your wickedness!”