King Herod persecuteth the Christians, killeth James, and imprisoneth Peter: whom an angel delivereth upon the prayers of the Church.
Acts 12:1 Now about that time, Herode the King stretched foorth his hands, to vexe certaine of the Church. Acts 12:2 And he killed Iames the brother of Iohn with the sword. Acts 12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Iewes, hee proceeded further, to take Peter also. (Then were the dayes of vnleauened bread.) Acts 12:4 And when hee had apprehended him, hee put him in prison, and deliuered him to foure quaternions of souldiers to keepe him, intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison, but prayer was made without ceasing of the Church vnto God for him. Acts 12:6 And when Herode would haue brought him foorth, the same night Peter was sleeping betweene two Souldiers, bound with two chaines, and the Keepers before the doore kept the prison. Acts 12:7 And beholde, the Angel of the Lord came vpon him, and a light shined in the prison: and hee smote Peter on the side, and raised him vp, saying, Arise vp quickely. And his chaines fell off from his hands. Acts 12:8 And the Angel said vnto him, Girde thy selfe, and binde on thy sandales: And so he did. And he sayth vnto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. Acts 12:9 And hee went out, and followed him, and wist not that it was true which was done by the Angel: but thought he saw a vision. Acts 12:10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came vnto the yron gate that leadeth vnto the citie, which opened to them of his owne accord: and they went out and passed on thorow one streete, and foorthwith the Angel departed from him. Acts 12:11 And when Peter was come to himselfe, hee said, Now I know of a suretie, that the Lord hath sent his Angel, and hath deliuered mee out of the hand of Herode, and from all the expectation of the people of the Iewes. Acts 12:12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of Iohn whose sirname was Marke, where many were gathered together praying. Acts 12:13 And as Peter knocked at the doore of the gate, a damosell came to hearken, named Rhoda. Acts 12:14 And when she knew Peters voice, she opened not the gate for gladnes, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. Acts 12:15 And they said vnto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was euen so. Then said they, It it his Angel. Acts 12:16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened [the doore], and saw him, they were astonished. Acts 12:17 But he beckening vnto them with the hand, to hold their peace, declared vnto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison: And he said, Goe shew these things vnto Iames, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. Acts 12:18 Now assoone as it was day, there was no smal stirre among the souldiers, what was become of Peter. Acts 12:19 And when Herode had sought for him, and found him not, hee examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And hee went downe from Iudea to Cesarea, & there abode.
In his pride taking to himself the honour due to God, he is stricken by an angel, and dieth miserably.
Acts 12:20 And Herode was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and hauing made Blastus the kings chamberlaine their friend, desired peace, because their countrey was nourished by the kings countrey. Acts 12:21 And vpon a set day Herod arayed in royall apparell, sate vpon his throne, and made an Oration vnto them. Acts 12:22 And the people gaue a shout, [saying], It is the voice of a God, and not of a man. Acts 12:23 And immediatly the Angel of the Lord smote him, because hee gaue not God the glory, and hee was eaten of wormes, and gaue vp the ghost.
After his death, the Word of God prospereth.
Acts 12:24 But the word of God grewe, and multiplied. Acts 12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Hierusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministerie, and tooke with them Iohn, whose syrname was Marke.