Acts 3-4 New English Translation (NET Bible)
Peter and John Heal a Lame Man at the Temple
3 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time[a] for prayer,[b] at three o’clock in the afternoon.[c] 2 And a man lame[d] from birth[e] was being carried up, who was placed at the temple gate called “the Beautiful Gate” every day[f] so he could beg for money[g] from those going into the temple courts.[h] 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple courts,[i] he asked them for money.[j] 4 Peter looked directly[k] at him (as did John) and said, “Look at us!” 5 So the lame man[l] paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold,[m] but what I do have I give you. In the name[n] of Jesus Christ[o] the Nazarene, stand up and[p] walk!” 7 Then[q] Peter[r] took hold[s] of him by the right hand and raised him up, and at once the man’s[t] feet and ankles were made strong.[u] 8 He[v] jumped up,[w] stood and began walking around, and he entered the temple courts[x] with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 All[y] the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and they recognized him as the man who used to sit and ask for donations[z] at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with astonishment and amazement[aa] at what had happened to him.
Peter Addresses the Crowd
11 While the man[ab] was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway[ac] called Solomon’s Portico.[ad] 12 When Peter saw this, he declared to the people, “Men of Israel,[ae] why are you amazed at this? Why[af] do you stare at us as if we had made this man[ag] walk by our own power or piety? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,[ah] the God of our forefathers,[ai] has glorified[aj] his servant[ak] Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected[al] in the presence of Pilate after he had decided[am] to release him. 14 But you rejected[an] the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed[ao] the Originator[ap] of life, whom God raised[aq] from the dead. To this fact we are witnesses![ar] 16 And on the basis of faith in Jesus’[as] name,[at] his very name has made this man—whom you see and know—strong. The[au] faith that is through Jesus[av] has given him this complete health in the presence[aw] of you all. 17 And now, brothers, I know you acted in ignorance,[ax] as your rulers did too. 18 But the things God foretold[ay] long ago through[az] all the prophets—that his Christ[ba] would suffer—he has fulfilled in this way. 19 Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out, 20 so that times of refreshing[bb] may come from the presence of the Lord,[bc] and so that he may send the Messiah[bd] appointed[be] for you—that is, Jesus. 21 This one[bf] heaven must[bg] receive until the time all things are restored,[bh] which God declared[bi] from times long ago[bj] through his holy prophets. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey[bk] him in everything he tells you.[bl] 23 Every person[bm] who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed[bn] from the people.’[bo] 24 And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced[bp] these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors,[bq] saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants[br] all the nations[bs] of the earth will be blessed.’[bt] 26 God raised up[bu] his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning[bv] each one of you from your iniquities.”[bw]
The Arrest and Trial of Peter and John
4 While Peter and John[bx] were speaking to the people, the priests and the commander[by] of the temple guard[bz] and the Sadducees[ca] came up[cb] to them, 2 angry[cc] because they were teaching the people and announcing[cd] in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 So[ce] they seized[cf] them and put them in jail[cg] until the next day (for it was already evening). 4 But many of those who had listened to[ch] the message[ci] believed, and the number of the men[cj] came to about 5,000.
5 On the next day,[ck] their rulers, elders, and experts in the law[cl] came together[cm] in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others who were members of the high priest’s family.[cn] 7 After[co] making Peter and John[cp] stand in their midst, they began to inquire, “By what power or by what name[cq] did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit,[cr] replied,[cs] “Rulers of the people and elders,[ct] 9 if[cu] we are being examined[cv] today for a good deed[cw] done to a sick man—by what means this man was healed[cx]— 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ[cy] the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy. 11 This Jesus[cz] is the stone that was rejected by you,[da] the builders, that has become the cornerstone.[db] 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people[dc] by which we must[dd] be saved.”
13 When they saw the boldness[de] of Peter and John, and discovered[df] that they were uneducated[dg] and ordinary[dh] men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. 14 And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this.[di] 15 But when they had ordered them to go outside the council,[dj] they began to confer with one another, 16 saying, “What should we do with these men? For it is plain[dk] to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable miraculous sign[dl] has come about through them,[dm] and we cannot deny it. 17 But to keep this matter from spreading any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more[dn] to anyone in this name.” 18 And they called them in and ordered[do] them not to speak or teach at all in the name[dp] of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied,[dq] “Whether it is right before God to obey[dr] you rather than God, you decide, 20 for it is impossible[ds] for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” 21 After threatening them further, they released them, for they could not find how to punish them on account of the people, because they were all praising[dt] God for what had happened. 22 For the man, on whom this miraculous sign[du] of healing had been performed,[dv] was over forty years old.
The Followers of Jesus Pray for Boldness
23 When they were released, Peter and John[dw] went to their fellow believers[dx] and reported everything the high priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices to God with one mind[dy] and said, “Master of all,[dz] you who made the heaven, the earth,[ea] the sea, and everything that is in them, 25 who said by the Holy Spirit through[eb] your servant David our forefather,[ec]
‘Why do the nations[ed] rage,[ee]
27 “For indeed both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together in this city against[ej] your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed,[ek] 28 to do as much as your power[el] and your plan[em] had decided beforehand[en] would happen. 29 And now, Lord, pay attention to[eo] their threats, and grant[ep] to your servants[eq] to speak your message[er] with great courage,[es] 30 while you extend your hand to heal, and to bring about miraculous signs[et] and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 When[eu] they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken,[ev] and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak[ew] the word of God[ex] courageously.[ey]
Conditions Among the Early Believers
32 The group of those who believed were of one heart and mind,[ez] and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but everything was held in common.[fa] 33 With[fb] great power the apostles were giving testimony[fc] to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. 34 For there was no one needy[fd] among them, because those who were owners of land or houses were selling[fe] them[ff] and bringing the proceeds from the sales 35 and placing them at the apostles’ feet. The proceeds[fg] were distributed to each, as anyone had need. 36 So Joseph, a Levite who was a native of Cyprus, called by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement”),[fh] 37 sold[fi] a field[fj] that belonged to him and brought the money[fk] and placed it at the apostles’ feet.