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Chapter 3

1Peter and John were on their way up to the Temple for the three o’clock hour of prayer, 2when a man who had been lame from his birth was carried by. He used to be placed every day at what was known as the Beautiful Gate of the Temple, to beg from the people on their way into the Temple, 3and when he saw Peter and John on the point of going into the Temple he asked them to give him something. 4Peter fixed his eyes on him, as John did also, and said to him,

“Look at us!”

5He looked at them, supposing that they were going to give him something. 6But Peter said,

“I have no silver or gold, but I will give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!”

7And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and his feet and ankles immediately became strong, 8and he sprang to his feet and began to walk, and he went into the Temple with them, walking, leaping, and praising God. 9When all the people saw him walking about, praising God, 10and recognized him as the man who used to sit and beg at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple, they were perfectly astonished and amazed at what had happened to him.

11And as he still clung to Peter and John, all the people crowded about them in the utmost astonishment in what was known as Solomon’s Colonnade. 12When Peter saw this, he said to the people.

“Men of Israel, why are you so surprised at this? Why do you stare so at us, as though it were some power or some piety of ours that had made him able to walk? 13The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our forefathers, has done this honor to his servant Jesus, whom you betrayed and disowned before Pilate, when he had decided to let him go. 14But you disowned the Holy, Righteous One. You asked to have a murderer released for you, 15and killed the very source of life. But God raised him from the dead, as we can testify. 16It is by his power and through faith in him that this man whom you see and recognize has been made strong again, and it is faith inspired by him that has given him the perfect health you all see. 17Yet I know, brothers, that you did not know what you were doing, any more than your leaders did; 18it was in this way that God fulfilled what he by all the prophets foretold that his Christ must suffer. 19So repent and turn to God, to have your sins wiped out, and happier times will come from the presence of the Lord, 20and he will send Jesus, your destined Christ. 21Yet he must remain in heaven till the time for the universal reformation of which God told in ancient times by the lips of his holy prophets. 22Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, as he raised me up. You must listen to everything that he tells you. 23Anyone that will not listen to that prophet will be annihilated from among the people.’ 24Why, all the prophets from Samuel down, who have spoken, have also foretold these days. 25You are the descendants of the prophets and the heirs of the agreement that God made with your forefathers when he said to Abraham, ‘Through your posterity all the families of the earth will be blessed.’ 26It was to you that God first sent his servant after he had raised him from the dead, to bless you by making every one of you turn from his wickedness.”

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