King Herod persecuteth the Christians, killeth James, and imprisoneth Peter: whom an angel delivereth upon the prayers of the Church.
Acts 12:1 At the same tyme layed kynge Herode handes vpon certayne of the congregacion, to vexe them. Acts 12:2 As for Iames the brother of Ihon, him he slewe with the swerde. Acts 12:3 And whan he sawe that it pleased the Iewes, he proceaded farther to take Peter also. But it was Easter. Acts 12:4 Now whan he had taken him, he put him in preson, and delyuered him vnto foure quaternions of soudyers, to kepe him: and thought after Easter to bringe him forth to the people. Acts 12:5 And Peter was kepte in the preson But prayer was made without ceassinge of the congregacion, vnto God for him. Acts 12:6 And whan Herode wolde haue broughte him out vnto the people, in the same nighte slepte Peter betwene two soudiers, bounde with two cheynes. And the kepers before the dore kepte the preson. Acts 12:7 And beholde, the angell of the LORDE was there presente, and a lighte shyned in the habitacion, and he smote Peter on the syde, and waked him vp, and sayde: Aryse vp quyckly. And the cheynes fell of from his hondes. Acts 12:8 And the angell sayde vnto him: Gyrde the, and put on thy shues. And he dyd so. And he sayde vnto him: Cast thy mantle aboute the, and folowe me. Acts 12:9 And he wente out, and folowed him, and wyst not, that it was trueth that was done by ye angell, but thoughte he had sene a vision. Acts 12:10 Neuertheles they wente thorow the first and seconde watch, and came to the yron gate, that ledeth vnto the cite, which opened to the by his awne acorde. And they wente out, and passed thorow one strete, and immediatly the angell departed from him. Acts 12:11 And whan Peter was come to himself, he sayde: Now I knowe of a trueth, that ye LORDE hath sent his angell, and delyuered me out of the honde of Herode, and from all the waytinge for of the people of the Iewes. Acts 12:12 And as he considered the thinge, he came to the house of Mary the mother of one Ihon, (which after his syrname was called Marke) where many were gathered together, and prayed. Acts 12:13 As Peter knocked at the entry dore, there came forth a damsell to herken, named Rhoda. Acts 12:14 And whan she knewe Peters voyce, she opened not the entrye for gladnes, but rane in, and tolde, that Peter stode before ye entrye. Acts 12:15 But they sayde vnto her: Thou art mad. Neuertheles she abode by it, that is was so. They sayde: it is his angell. Acts 12:16 But Peter contynued knockinge. Whan they opened the dore, they sawe him, and were astonnyed. Acts 12:17 But he beckened vnto them with the hande, to holde their peace, & tolde them, how the LORDE had broughte him out of the preson. And he sayde: Shewe this vnto Iames, and to the brethren. And he departed, and wete in to another place. Acts 12:18 Whan it was daye, there was not a litle a doo amoge the soudyers, what was become of Peter. Acts 12:19 Whan Herode had called for him, and founde him not, he caused the kepers to be examyned, and commaunded the to be caried awaye, and he wente downe fro Iewry vnto Cesarea, and 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 But he was displeased with the of Tyre and Sido. Neuertheles they came vnto him with one accorde, and made intercession to Blastus the kynges chamberlayne, and desyred peace, because their countre was norished by the kynges londe. Acts 12:21 But vpon a daye appoynted, Herode put on ye kyngly apparell, sat him downe vpon the iudgment seate, and made an oracion vnto them. Acts 12:22 As for the people, they cried therto: This is a voyce of God, and not of a man. Acts 12:23 Immediatly the angell of the LORDE smote him, because he gaue not God the honoure: And he was eaten vp of wormes, and gaue vp the goost.
After his death, the Word of God prospereth.
Acts 12:24 But the worde of God grewe, and multiplyed. Acts 12:25 As for Barnabas and Saul, they came agayne to Ierusalem, and delyuered the handreachinge, and toke with them Ihon, whose syrname was Marke.