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Acts 12

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Herod Causes Trouble for the Church
12
1 At that time King Herod
n 12.1 Herod: Herod Agrippa I, the grandson of Herod the Great.
caused terrible suffering for some members of the church.
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1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
stretched...: or, began
2 He ordered soldiers to cut off the head of James, the brother of John. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3 When Herod saw that this pleased the Jewish people, he had Peter arrested during the Festival of Thin Bread.
12.3,4 Ex 12.1-27.
3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
4 He put Peter in jail and ordered four squads of soldiers to guard him. Herod planned to put him on trial in public after the festival. 4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
Easter: Gr. Passover
quaternions: a file of four soldiers
5 While Peter was being kept in jail, the church never stopped praying to God for him.
5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
prayer...: or, instant and earnest prayer was made
Peter Is Rescued
6 The night before Peter was to be put on trial, he was asleep and bound by two chains. A soldier was guarding him on each side, and two other soldiers were guarding the entrance to the jail.
6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
7 Suddenly an angel from the Lord appeared, and light flashed around in the cell. The angel poked Peter in the side and woke him up. Then he said, “Quick! Get up!”
The chains fell off his hands,
7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
8 and the angel said, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” Peter did what he was told. Then the angel said, “Now put on your coat and follow me.” 8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
9 Peter left with the angel, but he thought everything was only a dream. 9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
10 They went past the two groups of soldiers, and when they came to the iron gate to the city, it opened by itself. They went out and were going along the street, when all at once the angel disappeared. 10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
11 Peter now realized what had happened, and he said, “I am certain that the Lord sent his angel to rescue me from Herod and from everything the Jewish leaders planned to do to me.”
11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
12 Then Peter went to the house of Mary the mother of John whose other name was Mark. Many of the Lord's followers had come together there and were praying. 12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
13 Peter knocked on the gate, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer.
13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.
to hearken: or, to ask who was there
14 When she heard Peter's voice, she was too excited to open the gate. She ran back into the house and said that Peter was standing there. 14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.
15 “You are crazy!” everyone told her. But she kept saying that it was Peter. Then they said, “It must be his angel.”
o 12.15 his angel: Probably meaning “his guardian angel.”
15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.
16 But Peter kept on knocking, until finally they opened the gate. They saw him and were completely amazed. 16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.
17 Peter motioned for them to keep quiet. Then he told how the Lord had led him out of jail. He also said, “Tell James
p 12.17 James: The brother of the Lord.
and the others what has happened.” After that, he left and went somewhere else.
17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.
18 The next morning the soldiers who had been on guard were terribly worried and wondered what had happened to Peter.
18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.
19 Herod ordered his own soldiers to search for him, but they could not find him. Then he questioned the guards and had them put to death. After this, Herod left Judea to stay in Caesarea for a while. 19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.
Herod Dies
20 Herod and the people of Tyre and Sidon were very angry with each other. But their country got its food supply from the region that he ruled. So a group of them went to see Blastus, who was one of Herod's high officials. They convinced Blastus that they wanted to make peace between their cities and Herod,
12.20-23 2Macc 9.5-28.
20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country.
was highly...: or, bare an hostile mind, intending war
the king's chamberlain: Gr. that was over the king's bedchamber
21 and a day was set for them to meet with him.
Herod came dressed in his royal robes. He sat down on his throne and made a speech.
21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.
22 The people shouted, “You speak more like a god than a man!” 22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
23 At once an angel from the Lord struck him down because he took the honor that belonged to God. Later, Herod was eaten by worms and died. 23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
24 God's message kept spreading.
24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.
25 And after Barnabas and Saul had done the work they were sent to do, they went back to Jerusalem
q 12.25 went back to Jerusalem: Some manuscripts have “left Jerusalem,” and others have “went to Antioch.”
with John, whose other name was Mark.
25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.
ministry: or, charge

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