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3:1Now Peter and John went up into the temple compound at the prayer hour, in mid-afternoon.3:2And there was a certain man who had been born lame, who was placed each day near the temple compound door called Beautiful, to beg from those who entered.3:3When he spotted Peter and John as they were about to enter, he asked them for money.

3:4But Peter (with John) looked intently at him and said, “Look at us!”3:5So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something.3:6Instead, Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but I will give you what I do have: in the name of Jesus the Anointed from Nazareth, get up and walk!”3:7Then Peter took him by the right hand and lifted him up. Instantly his feet and ankle bones were made stable,3:8and he jumped up, stood, and walked.

He entered the temple compound with them, walking and jumping and praising God,3:9and all the people saw him do this.3:10They recognized him as the one who sat begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple compound, and they were filled with shock and amazement at what had happened to him.3:11As he clung to Peter and John, the whole crowd ran to them at Solomon’s Portico, utterly shocked.

3:12Seeing this, Peter spoke to the people: “People of Israel, why are you amazed at this? Why are you staring at us as though we made him walk by our own power or godliness?3:13The God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob— the God of our ancestors— honored his child Jesus. You actually gave him up and disowned him in front of Pilate, who wanted to release him!3:14You disowned the Holy and Just One, and as a favor you asked for a murderer to be granted to you.3:15You killed the originator of life, whom God raised from the dead; we are witnesses of this.

3:16“It is by faith in his Name that this person— the one you’re looking at, the one you saw made strong— his Name and the faith that is through him is how this one has been completely healed before your eyes.3:17Now sisters and brothers, I know that you committed this in ignorance, as also your rulers did.3:18Yet it is by the suffering of his Anointed that he fulfilled what God promised ahead of time through all the prophets.

3:19“So change your minds and turn around! Then your failures can be erased and times of refreshing can come from the presence of the Master,3:20so that he may dispatch the One already chosen for you: Anointed Jesus.3:21Heaven must hold him in expectation until the time comes to restore everything, which God spoke long ago through his holy prophets.

3:22“In fact, Moses said that ‘The Master your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers and sisters. You must listen to everything he tells you.3:23But whoever does not listen to that prophet must be completely wiped out from among the people’.3:24Likewise, all the prophets from Samuel forward announced these days.

3:25“You are the offspring of the prophets and of the unilateral contract God ratified with your ancestors, as he said to Abraham: ‘And in your descendants all the tribes of the earth will be blessed’.3:26It was to you first that God, raising his child, commissioned him to bless you by turning each of you away from your evil ways.”