The lame man healed by Peter and John: Peter declareth to the people that this cure was not wrought by any power or holiness in himself or John, but by the power of God through faith in the name of Jesus, whom they had ignorantly crucified, but whom God had raised from the dead according to the scriptures; and exhorteth them by faith to seek remission of sins and salvation in Jesus, whose coming had been spoken of by Moses and all the prophets.
1NOW Peter and John went up together into the temple 1at the hour of prayer, being 2the ninth hour.
1 Namely, in which, besides the prayers, the daily evening sacrifice was also offered up. See Exod. 29:38, 39.
2 Namely, after sunrise, to wit, when that hour was now ended, agreeing with our third hour in the afternoon. See John 11:9; Acts 2:15.
2Anda a certain 3man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called 4Beautiful, tob ask 5alms of them that entered into the temple;
a Acts 14:8.
3 Namely, of above forty years old, Acts 4:22.
4 This was one of the gates of the court and as it seems the great gate, which stood towards the East, so called for its beauty and costliness. See Josephus, Antiq. lib. 15, cap. 14.
b John 9:8.
5 To permit the poor to beg for alms, was forbidden by God amongst His people, Deut. 15:4, so that this was also a sign that at that time the laws of God were very much fallen into decay amongst the Jews.
3Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive 6something of them.
6 That is, some alms.
6Then Peter said, Silver and goldc have I none; but such as I have give I thee: 7Ind the name of Jesus Christ of 8Nazareth rise up and walk.
c in NT currency, $5.00.
7 That is, by Christ’s command and power, or trusting on the promises and power of Christ.
d Acts 4:10.
8 See Mat. 2:23.
7And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his 9feet and ankle bones received strength.
9 Gr. baseis, that is, foundations. For, the feet are as the foundation on which the body rests, stands and is carried.
8And he 10leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
10 That is, not only arising, but for a sign of being perfectly cured, and of joy, leaping up. See Isa. 35:6 and Acts 14:10.
9And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazemente at that which had happened unto him.
11And as the lame man which was healed 11held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called 12Solomon's, greatly wondering.
11 That is, kept him fast about them, without departing from them.
12 That is, which was first built about the temple by Solomon, and afterwards being laid waste with the temple, was built up again in the same place, and therefore had kept the name of Solomon. See 1 Kings 6:3; John 10:23; Acts 5:12.
12¶And when Peter saw it, he 13answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or 14holiness we had made this man to walk?
13 That is, spoke.
14 Namely, as if by the same we had deserved this.
1315The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath 16glorified his 17Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and 18denied him inf the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
15 That is, the true God, Who revealed Himself to these patriarchs and forefathers, made a covenant with them and their posterity, and Who was known and served by them. See Acts 5:30 and Philip. 2:9.
16 Namely, having raised Him from the dead, and taken Him unto the highest honor in heaven, and by our ministry doing such like miracles.
17 Or, Servant, Minister, see Isa. 53:11, and here in verse 26, and Acts 4:27.
18 Namely, that He was your King, John 19:15.
f Mat. 27:20; Mark 15:11; Luke 23:18; John 18:40.
14But ye denied 19the Holy One and the Just, and desired 20a murderer to be granted unto you;
19 See Acts 2:27.
20 Namely, Barabbas. See Mark 15:7.
15And killed 21the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; 22whereofg we are witnesses.
21 That is, Who is the only Guide, to bring men to eternal life by His merits and powerful operations. See Acts 4:2.
22 That is, of which thing, or, of which Christ.
g Acts 1:8; 2:32.
16And 23his name through faith 24in his name hath made this man 25strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is 26by him hath given him this 27perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
23 That is, this Jesus Christ Himself, in Whose name and by Whose power this miracle is done.
24 Gr. of His Name, that is, seeing he believed in the name of Christ, as is expounded in the following (words). See Mark 11:22; Rom. 3:22.
25 That is, made his feet firm that he can now stand and go on the same.
26 Or, in Him.
27 Namely, of all his members, of which he can now make use to the full.
17And now, brethren, I woth that through 28ignorance ye did it, as did also your 29rulers.
28 This he says to comfort them with hope of forgiveness, seeing they had not sinned against the Holy Ghost. See Luke 23:34; John 16:3; 1 Cor. 2:8; 1 Tim. 1:13.
29 This must be understood of some of them, of whom the apostle speaks, 1 Cor. 2:8; for, of some Christ testifies that they sinned against the Holy Ghost, Mat. 12:30, 31, 32.
18But those things, which God before had shewed byi the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
i Isa. 50:6; 53:5; Luke 24:27.
19¶Repentj ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times 30of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
j Acts 2:38.
30 That is, of the reviving of the faithful, who are subject to the heat of persecutions in this world, Psalm 66:12; Isa. 28:12; Jer. 6:16.
20And he shall 31send Jesus Christ, which 32before was preached unto you:
31 Namely, the second time, or in His second coming to judgment.
32 Other, before appointed, ordered, ordained.
21Whom the heaven must 33receive 34until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since 35the world began.
33 That is, having received, retain.
34 That is, until the day of the general judgment, in which all things, which now by reason of sin are subject to vanity, shall be brought to right again and be restored; Rom. 8:20; 2 Peter 3:13. Or, until all shall be perfectly fulfilled that was foretold by the prophets.
35 That is, heretofore in former times; or, from the beginning of the ages, John 9:32. Amongst these was Enoch also, Jude verse 14.
22For Moses truly said unto the fathers, 36A prophet shall thek Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, 37like unto me; him shall ye hear 38in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
36 That is, an excellent Teacher, sent by God after a special manner.
k Deut. 18:15, 18, 19; John 1:46; Acts 7:37.
37 That is, being like unto me according to the human nature, and in excellence of a special mission, faithfulness and miracles; yet excelling him also in many things. See Deut. 18:15; Heb. 3:2, 3, 4, 5.
38 Or, according to all things.
23And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be 39destroyed from among the people.
39 Or, abolished, rooted out; Moses says in Deut. 18:19, I will require it of him; that is, I will punish him, namely, as is here declared, with rooting him out of My people. See Heb. 2:2, 3.
24Yea, and all the prophets 40from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
40 Although after Moses before Samuel’s time there were also some prophets, yet notwithstanding Peter would have us to look principally upon Samuel and the prophets who were after him in the time of the kings and afterwards, since these have more clearly prophesied of Christ. Acts 10:43.
25Ye are the 41children of the prophets, and of the 42covenant which God made 43with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, Andl in thy seed shall all 44the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
41 That is, descended from the prophets, or those to whom the prophets were principally sent.
42 Or, testament. See Gen. 17:7; Rom. 9:4.
43 Or, unto our fathers.
l Gen. 22:18; Gal. 3:8.
44 That is, nations, Gen. 22:18, whereof see further exposition in Gal. 3:8.
2645Unto you first God, having 46raised up his 47Son Jesus, sent him to 48bless you, 49in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
45 Namely, Jews and citizens of Jerusalem, Acts 13:46.
46 Namely, from the dead; or caused, that is, sent into the world; Acts 13:22, 23.
47 Or, Servant, Minister, see verse 13.
48 Namely, with grace in this life, and with glory in that to come.
49 Or, in this that every one of you turn away from his wickednesses. But the first agrees better with the word bless, as also similarly in Acts 5:31.