Acts 3:1 - 3:26 - Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
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Peter Heals a Crippled Man
3 1One day Peter and John went to the temple* area. It was three o'clock in the
afternoon. This was the time for the daily temple prayer service. 2When they were
going into the temple yard, a man was there. This man had been crippled all his
life. He could not walk, so some friends carried him. His friends brought him to
the temple every day. They put the crippled man by one of the gates outside the
temple. It was called Beautiful Gate. There the man begged for money from the people
going to the temple. 3[That day] the man saw Peter and John going into the temple
yard. He asked them for money. 4Peter and John looked at the crippled man and said,
"Look at us!" 5The man looked at them; he thought they would give him some money.
6But Peter said, "I don't have any silver or gold, but I do have something else
I can give you: By the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth--stand up and walk!"
7Then Peter held the man's right hand and lifted him up. Immediately the man's feet
and legs became strong. 8The man jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk.
He went into the temple yard with them. The man was walking and jumping, and he
was praising God. 9-10All the people recognized him. The people knew he was the
crippled man who always sat by Beautiful Gate to beg for money. Now they saw this
same man walking and praising God. The people were amazed. They could not understand
how this could happen.
Peter Speaks to the People
11The man was holding on to Peter and John. All the people were amazed [because
the man was healed]. They ran to Peter and John at Solomon's Porch.* 12When Peter
saw this, he said to the people, "My Jewish brothers, why are you surprised at this?
You are looking at us like it was our power that made this man walk. Do you think
this was done because we are good? 13No! God did it! He is the God of Abraham, the
God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.* He is the God of all our fathers.* He gave
glory to Jesus, his special servant. But you gave Jesus to be killed. Pilate decided
to let Jesus go free. But you told Pilate you did not want Jesus. 14Jesus was pure
and good (innocent), but you said you did not want him. You told Pilate to give
you a murderer* instead of Jesus. 15And so you killed the One that gives life! But
God raised him from death. We are witnesses of this--we saw this with our own eyes.
16It was the power of Jesus that made this crippled man well. This happened because
we trusted in the power of Jesus. You can see this man, and you know him. He was
made completely well because of trust in Jesus. You all saw it happen! 17"My brothers,
I know you did those things to Jesus because you did not understand what you were
doing. Your leaders also did not understand. 18God said that these things would
happen. God said through the prophets* that his Christ* would suffer and die. I
have told you how God made this happen. 19So you must change your hearts and lives!
Come back to God and he will forgive your sins. 20Then the Lord (God) will give
you times of spiritual rest. He will give you Jesus, the One he chose to be the
Christ. 21But Jesus must stay in heaven until the time when all things will be made
right again. God told about this time long ago when he spoke through his holy prophets.*
22Moses said, 'The Lord your God will give you a prophet.* That prophet will come
from among your own people (the Jews). He will be like me. You must obey everything
that prophet tells you. 23And if any person refuses to obey that prophet, then that
person will die, separated from God's people.'* 24Samuel, and all the other prophets
who spoke for God after Samuel, talked about this time now. 25You have received
the things the prophets talked about. You have received the agreement that God made
with your fathers.* God said to your father Abraham,* 'Every nation on earth will
be blessed through your descendants.* '* 26God has sent his special servant (Jesus).
God sent him to you first. God sent Jesus to bless you. He does this by making each
of you turn away from doing bad things."
Footnotes: temple The special building in Jerusalem for Jewish worship. Solomon's
Porch An area on the east side of the temple. It was covered by a roof. Abraham,
Isaac, Jacob Three of the most important Jewish leaders during the time of the
Old Testament. father(s) Important ancestors of the Jews; the leaders of the twelve
Jewish family groups. murderer Barabbas, the man the Jews asked Pilate to let go
free instead of Jesus (Lk. 23:18). prophets People that spoke for God. Some of
them wrote books that are part of the Old Testament. Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah)
or chosen one of God. 'The Lord ... people' Quote from Deut. 18:15, 19. Abraham
The most respected ancestor of the Jews. descendants All the people born in a person's
family after that person dies. 'Every ... descendants' Quote from Gen. 22:18; 26:24.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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