A Lame Man Healed

Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them — walking, leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. — Acts 3:1-10.

Peter and John were on their way to the temple for the three o’clock afternoon prayer.

A man lame from birth was being carried up, to be placed at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. Every day he would be placed there so he could beg for money from those going into the temple courts.

When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts, he asked them for money. Peter looked directly at him, as did John, and told him to look at them. So the lame man paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said that they did not have any silver or gold, but what they did have (healing) they were giving him. Then Peter commanded him in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth (by the authority of Jesus) to stand up and walk.

Then Peter took hold of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man’s feet and ankles were made strong. He jumped up, stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

All the people saw him walking and praising God. They recognized him as the man who would sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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