Why do you stare at us? (Acts 3:12)

“When Peter saw this,

He addressed the people.

‘Men of Israel!

Why do you wonder

At this?

Why do you stare at us?

As if through our own power

Or piety

That we had made him walk.’”

ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ Πέτρος ἀπεκρίνατο πρὸς τὸν λαόν Ἄνδρες Ἰσραηλεῖται, τί θαυμάζετε ἐπὶ τούτῳ, ἢ ἡμῖν τί ἀτενίζετε ὡς ἰδίᾳ δυνάμει ἢ εὐσεβείᾳ πεποιηκόσιν τοῦ περιπατεῖν αὐτόν;

The author of Acts indicated that when Peter saw this (ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ Πέτρος), he addressed the people (ἀπεκρίνατο πρὸς τὸν λαόν).  He called them Men of Israel (Ἄνδρες Ἰσραηλεῖται).  He asked them why they wondered about this (τί θαυμάζετε ἐπὶ τούτῳ)?  Why were they staring at them (ἢ ἡμῖν τί ἀτενίζετε), as if their own power (ὡς ἰδίᾳ δυνάμει) or piety (ἢ εὐσεβείᾳ) had made (πεποιηκόσιν) this lame beggar walk (τοῦ περιπατεῖν αὐτόν)?  Peter took this occasion, when a lot of people gathered around him, to give another speech about Jesus.  This would have been some time after the Pentecost speech.  He wondered why they were so astonished.  It was not his own power or religious devotion that cured this lame beggar.  Peter was going to speak about where this power to make a man walk came from.  Where did the power of Peter come from?

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