Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.…
It is seldom that the co-operation of both parties — the doer and the receiver — is so clearly seen as here.
I. IN THE LOOKS OF BOTH PARTIES. Peter looking on the lame man with sympathising love, ready to help and to heal; and the lame man, at the order of the apostle, regarding him and John steadfastly with a petitioning and hopeful spirit.
II. IN THEIR BELIEVING APPREHENSION OF JESUS. Peter speaking and commanding in the name of Jesus; and the lame man, also hopeful and susceptible, with his whole soul attaching himself to Jesus.
III. IN THEIR SPIRITUAL AND BODILY EXERTIONS. Peter stretching forth and taking the man by the right hand; and the man, with miraculous strength of will and muscle, lifting himself up. The name of Jesus, the person of Jesus, His grace and Divine saving power is the centre; in Him the souls meet, the men reach forth their hands, and find spiritual and bodily strength in giving and receiving.
(G. V. Lechler, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.