The lame man (Acts 3:2)

“A man

Lame from birth

Was being carried in.

People would lay him


At that gate

Of the Temple

Called the Beautiful Gate.


He could ask for alms

From those entering the Temple.”

καί τις ἀνὴρ χωλὸς ἐκ κοιλίας μητρὸς αὐτοῦ ὑπάρχων ἐβαστάζετο, ὃν ἐτίθουν καθ’ ἡμέραν πρὸς τὴν θύραν τοῦ ἱεροῦ τὴν λεγομένην Ὡραίαν τοῦ αἰτεῖν ἐλεημοσύνην παρὰ τῶν εἰσπορευομένων εἰς τὸ ἱερόν·

The author of Acts indicated that a man (καί τις ἀνὴρ) was lame (χωλὸς) from birth, literally from his mother’s womb (ἐκ κοιλίας μητρὸς αὐτοῦ ὑπάρχων).  He was being carried (ἐβαστάζετο) into the Temple.  People would place him (ὃν ἐτίθουν) daily (καθ’ ἡμέραν) at that gate (πρὸς τὴν θύραν) of the Temple (τοῦ ἱεροῦ) called the Beautiful Gate (τὴν λεγομένην Ὡραίαν).  Thus, he could ask for alms (τοῦ αἰτεῖν ἐλεημοσύνην) from those entering the Temple (εἰσπορευομένων εἰς τὸ ἱερόν).  Just like the man who was blind from his birth in John, chapter 9:1-41, that Jesus cured, this was not considered a minor or passing disability.  Someone would carry him to this entrance gate to the Temple, but it is hard to ascertain which gate it was.  It might have been the impressive Nicanor Gate or any of the other inner gates in the Temple.  Each day, he was at this Beautiful Gate of the Temple begging or asking for money.  Do you pay attention to beggars?

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