A Lame Beggar
1 Now Peter and John were going up into the temple at the ninth hour of prayer. 2 And a certain man, who had been
lame from his mother's womb, was being carried by, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful, that
he might ask alms of those going into the temple. 3 And he, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked
for an alms. 4 But Peter, gazing upon him with John, said, "Look at us." 5 And he looked at them earnestly, hoping
to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, "Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, that I give thee.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, arise and walk."
7 And taking him by the right hand, he raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles
became strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and went with them into the temple, walking and leaping
and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 And they recognized him as the man
who used to sit for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened
Now as he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran to them in the portico called Solomon's, greatly wondering.
12 But when Peter saw it, he said to the people: "Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this, or why do you stare at us, as
though by any power or holiness of our own we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and
the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus, whom you indeed delivered up and disowned before the
face of Pilate, when he had decided that he should be released. 14 But you disowned the Holy and Just One, and asked
that a murderer should be granted to you; 15 but the author of life you killed, whom God has raised up from the dead; whereof
we are witnesses. 16 And it is his name, by means of faith in his name, that has made strong this man whom you behold
and recognize; moreover it is the faith that comes through Jesus that has given him the perfect health you all see.
17 "And now, brethren, I know
that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But in this way God fulfilled what he had announced beforehand
by the mouth of all the prophets, namely, that his Christ should suffer. 19 Repent therefore and be converted, that
your sins may be blotted out 20 in order that, when the times of refreshment shall come from the presence of the Lord, he
may send him who has been preached to you, Jesus Christ. 21 For heaven indeed must receive him until the times of the
restoration of all things, of which God has spoken by the mouth of his holy prophets who have been from of old. 22*
For Moses said,
Lord your God shall raise up to you a prophet from among your brethren, as he raised up me; to him you shall hearken in all
things that he shall speak to you.
23* And it shall be that every soul that will not hearken to that prophet, shall be destroyed
from among the people.'
24 And all the prophets
who have spoken, from Samuel onwards, have also announced these days. 25* You are the children of the prophets and of
the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham,
'And in thy offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.'
26 To you first God, raising up his Son, has sent him to bless you, that everyone may turn
from his wickedness."
22-23: Deut. 18, 15.
25: Gen. 12, 3.