Whilst the encounter between the two Apostles and the lame man is part of the standard repertoire of illustrations from the Acts of the Apostles, Rembrandt has chosen not to illustrate the miracle itself. Instead he portrays but the action immediately preceding it, when Peter accosts the man saying that he can neither give him silver nor gold, but can heal him in the name of Christ (Acts 3: 1-10). He may well have based the figure of Peter on an etching (B. 95), now extremely rare and technically unsuccessful, which he made thirty years earlier. In the last years of the 1650's Rembrandt's interest in Biblical subjects started to wane, and this is the last one he ever made.