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Acts 3 (New American Standard)

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Healing the Lame Beggar

1 Now 1Peter and John were going up to the temple at the aninth hour, 2the hour of prayer. 2 And 3a man who had been lame from his mother's womb was being carried along, whom they 4used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, 5in order to beg balms of those who were entering the temple. 3 When he saw 6Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. 4 But Peter, along with John, 7fixed his gaze on him and said, "Look at us!" 5 And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, "I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: 8In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene -walk!" 7 And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. 8 c9With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And 10all the people saw him walking and praising God; 10 and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to 11sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Peter's Second Sermon

11 While he was clinging to 12Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called d13portico of Solomon, full of amazement. 12 But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, "Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? 13 "14The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, 15the God of our fathers, has glorified His e16servant Jesus, the one whom 17you delivered and disowned in the presence of 18Pilate, when he had 19decided to release Him. 14 "But you disowned 20the Holy and Righteous One and 21asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 but put to death the f22Prince of life, the one whom 23God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are 24witnesses. 16 "And on the basis of faith 25in His name, it is gthe name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. 17 "And now, brethren, I know that you acted 26in ignorance, just as your 27rulers did also. 18 "But the things which 28God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, 29that His hChrist would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 "Therefore 30repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that 31times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the iChrist appointed for you, 21 32whom heaven must receive until the jperiod of 33restoration of all things about which 34God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. 22 "Moses said, '35THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET kLIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN; TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED to everything He says to you. 23 '36And it will be that every 37soul that does not heed that prophet 38shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.' 24 "And likewise, 39all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days. 25 "It is you who are 40the sons of the prophets and of the 41covenant which God lmade with your fathers, saying to Abraham, '42AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.' 26 "For you 43first, God 44raised up His mServant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways."
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