Strong feet (Acts 3:7)

“Peter took

The lame man

By the right hand.

He raised him up.


His feet

And ankles

Were made strong.”

καὶ πιάσας αὐτὸν τῆς δεξιᾶς χειρὸς ἤγειρεν αὐτόν· παραχρῆμα δὲ ἐστερεώθησαν αἱ βάσεις αὐτοῦ καὶ τὰ σφυδρά,

The author of Acts indicated that Peter took hold of the lame man (καὶ πιάσας αὐτὸν) by the right hand (τῆς δεξιᾶς χειρὸς).  He raised him up (ἤγειρεν αὐτόν).  Instantly (παραχρῆμα), his feet (αἱ βάσεις αὐτοῦ) and ankles (καὶ τὰ σφυδρά) were made strong (ἐστερεώθησαν).  Acts is the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἐστερεώθησαν, that means to make firm, strengthen, confirm, establish, or settle, as well as the words βάσεις that means a foot or a step, and σφυδρά that means the ankle or ankle bone.  Peter took some action.  He grabbed the lame man by his right hand.  Then the feet and ankles of this lame man were made strong, so that he would be able to walk.  Have you ever gone to physical therapy for problems with your foot or ankle?

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