Acts 3:1
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One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer--at three in the afternoon.

King James Bible
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

Darby Bible Translation
And Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, [which is] the ninth [hour];

World English Bible
Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.

Young's Literal Translation
And Peter and John were going up at the same time to the temple, at the hour of the prayer, the ninth hour,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Peter and John went up together - The words επι το αυτο, which we translate together, and which are the first words in this chapter in the Greek text, we have already seen, Acts 2:47, are added by several MSS. and versions to the last verse of the preceding chapter. But they do not make so good a sense there as they do here; and should be translated, not together, which really makes no sense here, but at that time; intimating that this transaction occurred nearly about the same time that those took place which are mentioned at the close of the former chapter.

At the hour of prayer - This, as is immediately added, was the ninth hour, which answers, in a general way, to our three o'clock in the afternoon. The third hour, which was the other grand time of public prayer among the Jews, answered, in a general way, to our nine in the morning. See the note on Acts 2:15.

It appears that there were three hours of the day destined by the Jews to public prayer; perhaps they are referred to by David, Psalm 55:17 : Evening and Morning, and at Noon, will I pray and cry aloud. There are three distinct times marked in the book of the Acts. The Third hour, Acts 2:15, answering, as we have already seen, to nearly our nine o'clock in the morning; the Sixth hour, Acts 10:9, answering to about twelve with us; and the Ninth hour, mentioned in this verse, and answering to our three in the afternoon.

The rabbins believed that Abraham instituted the time of morning prayer; Isaac, that at noon; and Jacob, that of the evening: for which they quote several scriptures, which have little reference to the subject in behalf of which they are produced. Others of the rabbins, particularly Tanchum, made a more natural division. Men should pray,

1. When the sun rises;

2. when the sun has gained the meridian;

3. when the sun has set, or passed just under the horizon.

At each of these three times they required men to offer prayer to God; and I should be glad to know that every Christian in the universe observed the same rule: it is the most natural division of the day; and he who conscientiously observes these three stated times of prayer will infallibly grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled...

Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John:

Matthew 17:1 And after six days Jesus takes Peter, James, and John his brother, and brings them up into an high mountain apart,

Matthew 26:37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

John 13:23-25 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved...

John 20:2-9 Then she runs, and comes to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them...

John 21:7,18-22 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord...

Galatians 2:9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me...


Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house...

Acts 5:25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.

Luke 24:53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

the hour.

Acts 10:3,30 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying to him, Cornelius...

Exodus 29:39 The one lamb you shall offer in the morning; and the other lamb you shall offer at even:

Numbers 28:4 The one lamb shall you offer in the morning, and the other lamb shall you offer at even;

1 Kings 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said...

Psalm 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem...

Daniel 9:21 Yes, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly...

Luke 1:10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

Luke 23:44-46 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour...

March 19 Morning
God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in the turning away every one of you from his iniquities.--ACTS 3:26. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercies hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.--Saved by his life. Our Saviour Jesus Christ . . . who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.--As
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

'Then Shall the Lame Man Leap as an Hart'
'Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2. And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3. Who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked an alms. 4. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him, with John, said, Look on us. 5. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

"The Fullness of the Time"
"When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, . . . to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." Gal. 4:4, 5. The Saviour's coming was foretold in Eden. When Adam and Eve first heard the promise, they looked for its speedy fulfillment. They joyfully welcomed their first-born son, hoping that he might be the Deliverer. But the fulfillment of the promise tarried. Those who first received it died without the sight. From the days of Enoch the
Ellen Gould White—The Desire of Ages

Whether Christ's Resurrection Ought to have Been Manifested to All?
Objection 1: It would seem that Christ's Resurrection ought to have been manifested to all. For just as a public penalty is due for public sin, according to 1 Tim. 5:20: "Them that sin reprove before all," so is a public reward due for public merit. But, as Augustine says (Tract. civ in Joan.), "the glory of the Resurrection is the reward of the humility of the Passion." Therefore, since Christ's Passion was manifested to all while He suffered in public, it seems that the glory of the Resurrection
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Psalm 55:17
Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.

Matthew 27:45
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.

Luke 18:10
"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

Luke 22:8
Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover."

Acts 3:3
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.

Acts 3:4
Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!"

Acts 10:3
One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, "Cornelius!"

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