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Acts 12:1Acts 12:23


19. The Persecution by the Roman Politician

a. The Mistreatment of Some Believers
and the Martyrdom of James

1 Now about that time 1Herod the king laid hands on some from the achurch in order to bmistreat them.

2 And he adid away with bJames, the brother of John, with the csword.

b. The Arrest of Peter

(1) Guarded in Prison

3 And when he saw that it was apleasing to the Jews, he went on to arrest Peter also (now those were the days of bUnleavened Bread),

4 Whom also he aseized and put in bprison, delivering him to four 1quaternions of soldiers to guard him, intending after the cPassover to bring him out to the people.

5 So then Peter was kept in the prison; but aprayer was being made fervently by the bchurch to God concerning him.

(2) Rescued by the Lord

6 And when Herod was about to bring him forward, that night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, abound with two chains; and guards before the door were keeping the prison.

7 And behold, an aangel of the Lord bstood by him, and a light shined in the cell; and he cstruck Peter's side and roused him, saying, Rise up quickly. And his dchains fell off his hands.

8 And the angel said to him, Gird yourself and tie on your asandals. And he did so. And he said to him, Throw your cloak around you and follow me.

9 And he went out and followed him; yet he did not know that what was taking place through the angel was real, but thought that he was seeing a avision.

10 And passing the first guard and the second, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which aopened of itself to them. And going out, they went forward one lane; and immediately the angel departed from him.

11 And Peter 1came to himself and said, Now I know truly that the Lord has sent forth His aangel and brescued me out of Herod's hand and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.

12 And when he became aware of this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of aJohn, who was surnamed Mark, where there was a considerable number assembled together and bpraying.

13 And when he knocked at the door of the entry, a maiden named Rhoda came to listen.

14 And when she recognized Peter's voice, she did not open the gate for joy, but ran in and reported that Peter was standing before the entry.

15 But they said to her, You are crazy! But she insisted that it was so. And they said, It is 1his angel.

16 But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the gate, they saw him and were beside themselves.

17 And amotioning to them with his hand to be silent, he related to them how the Lord had led him out of the prison, and he said, Report these things to 1bJames and the cbrothers. And going out, he went to another place.

18 Now when it became day, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers, they not knowing what had become of Peter.

19 And when Herod searched for him and did not find him, he examined the guards and ordered that they be led off to execution. And he went down from Judea to aCaesarea and spent time there.

c. The Fate of the Persecutors

20 Now he was furious with the Tyrians and Sidonians. And they came to him with one accord; and having persuaded Blastus, the king's 1chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country was afed from the king's country.

21 And on an appointed day Herod arrayed himself in royal clothing and sat on the judgment seat; and he delivered a public address to them.

22 And the populace cried out, The voice of a god and not of a man!

23 And instantly an aangel of the Lord struck him because he did not give the bglory to God; and he was eaten by cworms and 1expired.