Book of Acts
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer.
Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate.
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.
Peter looked straight at him, as did John.
‘Look at us!’ Peter said.
The man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’
Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.
He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Peter said to them:
“Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has glorified his servant Jesus.
You handed him over to Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.
You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.
You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead.
We are witnesses of this.
By faith in the name of Jesus, this man was made strong.
It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him.
The next day the rulers began to question them:
‘By what power or what name did you do this?’
Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them:
“It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.”
When they saw the courage of Peter and John, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.
‘Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a miracle, and we cannot deny it.
The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people.
As a result, people brought those who were sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.
Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing those who were sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.
Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there.
When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said.
For with shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many who were paralysed or lame were healed.
There was great joy in that city.
Then Peter began to speak:
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.
The believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles.
For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
As Peter travelled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda.
There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralysed and had been bedridden for eight years.
‘Aeneas,’ Peter said to him, ‘Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.’ Immediately Aeneas got up.
All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, she was always doing good and helping the poor.
About that time, she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.
When the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, ‘Please come at once!’
Peter went with them, and was taken upstairs to the room.
All the widows stood round him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Tabitha had made while she was still with them.
Peter sent them all out of the room;
then he got down on his knees and prayed.
Turning towards the dead woman, he said,
‘Tabitha, get up.’
She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.
He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet.
Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive.
This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
In Lystra there sat a man who was lame.
He had been that way from birth and had never walked.
He listened to Paul as he was speaking.
Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed
and called out, ‘Stand up on your feet!’
At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.
Last night an angel stood beside me and said,
“Do not be afraid, Paul.
God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.”
I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta.
The islanders built a fire and welcomed us.
There was an estate nearby that belonged to the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days.
His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery.
Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.
After this happened,
all the other sick people on the island came to Paul,
and he healed them.