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Acts 3:1-26

3  And Peter and John were going up into the temple-precinct for the three o’clock prayer, 2*  and there was being carried away a certain man who had been a cripple from his birth, whom they put at what is known as the Beautiful Gate of the temple-precinct day by day to ask for charity from those who were going into the precinct; 3*  and he, seeing Peter and John about to enter the precinct, asked to receive charity. 4  But Peter, fixing his eyes on him with John, said “Look at us.” 5  And he eyed them, expecting to receive something from them. 6  But Peter said “Silver and gold I do not own, but what I have, that I give you: by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!” 7  and he caught hold of his right hand and got him to rise. And immediately his feet and ankles grew firm, 8  and he gave a jump and stood and walked, and came in with them into the precinct walking and jumping and praising God, 9  and all the people saw him walking and praising God. 10  And they recognized him as the one who had been sitting at the Beautiful Gate of the temple for charity, and were filled with amazement and surprise at what had befallen him. 11  And while he held Peter and John all the people came running together about them in what is known as Solomon’s Portico, utterly amazed. 12  And, seeing this, Peter answered by saying to the people “Men of Israel, why are you wondering at this, or fixing your eyes on us as if by our own power or piety we had caused him to walk? 13  The God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you had had arrested and had repudiated in Pilate’s presence when he had passed judgment for releasing him— 14  but you repudiated the Holy and Righteous and asked to have a murderer granted to you, 15  and killed the Founder of Life; whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. 16*  And upon faith in his name he has put firmness into the limbs of this man whom you see and know; and the faith that comes through him has given him this absolute soundness before you all. 17  And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance, and so did your rulers; 18  but what God had announced beforehand through the mouths of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19  So repent and turn back so as to have your sins wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord 20  and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21*  whom heaven must receive until the times for putting into effect everything that God has spoken of through the mouths of his holy prophets from of old. 22  Moses said ‘The Lord God will raise up for you from among your brothers a prophet, like me; to him you shall listen in everything that he speaks of to you; 23  and every soul that does not listen to that prophet shall be rooted out from the people’; 24  and so did all the prophets, from Samuel on, as many as spoke, announce these days. 25  You are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham ‘And in your descendants all the clans of the earth shall be blessed.’ 26  For you first God raised up his Servant and sent him to bless you by turning you each away from your crimes.”


3:2 Var. there a certain man was being carried away
3:3 Var. asked charity
3:16 So if this part was originally in Aramaic; if not, then and know; his name, and the faith that comes through him, has given
3:21 So if this part was originally in Aramaic; if not, then for the restoration of everything