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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Acts 3:1-11

We were told in general (Acts 2:43) that many signs and wonders were done by the apostles, which are not written in this book; but here we have one given us for an instance. As they wrought miracles, not upon every body as every body had occasion for them, but as the Holy Spirit gave direction, so as to answer the end of their commission; so all the miracles they did work are not written in this book, but such only are recorded as the Holy Ghost thought fit, to answer the end of this sacred... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Acts 3:1-10

3:1-10 Peter and John used to go up to the Temple at the hour of prayer at three o'clock in the afternoon, and a man who had been lame from the day of his birth was in the habit of being carried there. Every day they used to put him at the gate of the Temple which is called the Beautiful Gate, so that he could beg for alms from the people who were going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the Temple he asked to be given alms. Peter fixed his eyes on him with John and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 3:6

Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none ,.... The Ethiopic version reads, "we have none"; and so it reads the next clause in the first person plural; that is, they had no money either of gold or silver coin; they had none about them, nor any of their own perhaps any where; none but what was brought to them, and put into their hands as a common stock for the whole church, or the poor of it: nor indeed might any money be carried in a purse into the temple; See Gill on Matthew 10:9 , ... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 3:6

Silver and gold have I none - Though it was customary for all those who entered the temple to carry some money with them, for the purposes mentioned above, yet so poor were the apostles that their had nothing to give, either to the sacred treasury, or to the distressed. The popish writers are very dexterous at forming analogies between St. Peter and the pope; but it is worthy of note that they have not attempted any here. Even the judicious and generally liberal Calmet passes by this... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 3:6

Verse 6 6.Silver and gold. Peter doth truly excuse himself, that he doth want that help which the lame man did require. And therefore doth he declare, that if he were able to relieve his poverty he would willingly do it; like as every man ought to consider with himself what the Lord hath given him, that he may therewith help his neighbors. For what store soever God giveth to every man, he will have the same to be an instrument and help to exercise love. Therefore he saith, that he giveth that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 3:1-10

Helplessness and healing. In this interesting incident we have an illustration of the urgent spiritual necessities of our race, and of the sufficiency of the gospel to meet them. We have— I. A GREAT AND SAD CONTRAST . They brought daily to the Beautiful gate of the temple a lame beggar, who asked alms of all that entered ( Acts 3:2 , Acts 3:3 ). What a striking contrast is here!—the large, strong, handsome gate, wrought by the most skilful workmen, intended to add beauty... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 3:1-10

The healing of the lame man. I. THE ANTECEDENTS OF THE CURE . Peter and John were going up in company to the temple at the evening hour of prayer. Here we see: 1. The fellowship of different orders of minds in Christ. None more diverse in character and temperament than the impulsive Peter and the contemplative John. 2. Prayer one of the bonds of this fellowship, as expressed in the beautiful hymn, " How blest the tie that binds!" 3. An example of the profit of set... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 3:1-10

The apostles workers of miracles. General introduction. The witnessing vocation of apostles required miracles—as signs of the kingdom of Christ; as attestations of apostolic authority; as appeals to the world, and to the Jewish people especially, to accept the new doctrine; as corresponding in some measure to the miracles of our Lord, and so perpetuating the blessing of his ministry which he himself promised in his last discourses, "Another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever" (... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 3:1-11

The unexpected gift. In one of those rapturous passages in which St. Paul tries to make human language express adequate thoughts of God, he speaks of God as "able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think" ( Ephesians 3:20 ). In saying so he does but mark, in one aspect, the distance between the finite and the infinite, and show how far the bounty of the infinite Giver outruns the desires of those who receive his gifts. The whole revelation of God's dealings with mankind... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 3:6

But for then, A.V.; what I have that for such as I have, A.V.; walk for rise up and walk, A.V. and T.R. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth . What Peter meant by "in the Name," he clearly explains in Acts 3:12 and Acts 3:16 , where he shows that they did not work the miracle by their own power or godliness, but that the lame man was healed by the Name of Jesus, in which he believed. So our Lord said of himself, "I am come in my Father's Name" ( John 5:43 ; comp. John... read more

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