Bible: Act 12:1-25

James is Killed and Peter Imprisoned

12:1 About that time King Herod 1  laid hands on 2  some from the church to harm them. 3  12:2 He had James, the brother of John, executed with a sword. 4  12:3 When he saw that this pleased the Jews, 5  he proceeded to arrest Peter too. (This took place during the feast of Unleavened Bread.) 6  12:4 When he had seized him, he put him in prison, handing him over to four squads 7  of soldiers to guard him. Herod 8  planned 9  to bring him out for public trial 10  after the Passover. 12:5 So Peter was kept in prison, but those in the church were earnestly 11  praying to God for him. 12  12:6 On that very night before Herod was going to bring him out for trial, 13  Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, while 14  guards in front of the door were keeping watch 15  over the prison. 12:7 Suddenly 16  an angel of the Lord 17  appeared, and a light shone in the prison cell. He struck 18  Peter on the side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly!” And the chains fell off Peter’s 19  wrists. 20  12:8 The angel said to him, “Fasten your belt 21  and put on your sandals.” Peter 22  did so. Then the angel 23  said to him, “Put on your cloak 24  and follow me.” 12:9 Peter 25  went out 26  and followed him; 27  he did not realize that what was happening through the angel was real, 28  but thought he was seeing a vision. 12:10 After they had passed the first and second guards, 29  they came to the iron 30  gate leading into the city. It 31  opened for them by itself, 32  and they went outside and walked down one narrow street, 33  when at once the angel left him. 12:11 When 34  Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued 35  me from the hand 36  of Herod 37  and from everything the Jewish people 38  were expecting to happen.”

12:12 When Peter 39  realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, 40  where many people had gathered together and were praying. 12:13 When he knocked at the door of the outer gate, a slave girl named Rhoda answered. 41  12:14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she did not open the gate, but ran back in and told 42  them 43  that Peter was standing at the gate. 12:15 But they said to her, “You’ve lost your mind!” 44  But she kept insisting that it was Peter, 45  and they kept saying, 46 It is his angel! 47  12:16 Now Peter continued knocking, and when they opened the door 48  and saw him, they were greatly astonished. 49  12:17 He motioned to them 50  with his hand to be quiet and then related 51  how the Lord had brought 52  him out of the prison. He said, “Tell James and the brothers these things,” and then he left and went to another place. 53 

12:18 At daybreak 54  there was great consternation 55  among the soldiers over what had become of Peter. 12:19 When Herod 56  had searched 57  for him and did not find him, he questioned 58  the guards and commanded that they be led away to execution. 59  Then 60  Herod 61  went down from Judea to Caesarea 62  and stayed there.

12:20 Now Herod 63  was having an angry quarrel 64  with the people of Tyre 65  and Sidon. 66  So they joined together 67  and presented themselves before him. And after convincing 68  Blastus, the king’s personal assistant, 69  to help them, 70  they asked for peace, 71  because their country’s food supply was provided by the king’s country. 12:21 On a day determined in advance, Herod 72  put on his royal robes, 73  sat down on the judgment seat, 74  and made a speech 75  to them. 12:22 But the crowd 76  began to shout, 77 The voice of a god, 78  and not of a man! 12:23 Immediately an angel of the Lord 79  struck 80  Herod 81  down because he did not give the glory to God, and he was eaten by worms and died. 82  12:24 But the word of God 83  kept on increasing 84  and multiplying.

12:25 So Barnabas and Saul returned to 85  Jerusalem 86  when they had completed 87  their mission, 88  bringing along with them John Mark. 89 

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