King Herod persecuteth the Christians, killeth James, and imprisoneth Peter: whom an angel delivereth upon the prayers of the Church.
Acts 12:1 Nowe about that time, Herod the King stretched forth 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 when he sawe that it pleased the Iewes, he proceeded further, to take Peter also (then were the dayes of vnleauened bread.) Acts 12:4 And when he had caught him, he put him in prison, and deliuered him to foure quaternions of souldiers to be kept, intending after the Passeouer to bring him foorth to the people. Acts 12:5 So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer was made of ye Church vnto God for him. Acts 12:6 And when Herod woulde haue brought him out vnto the people, the same night slept Peter betweene two souldiers, bound with two chaines, and the keepers before the doore, kept the prison. Acts 12:7 And behold the Angel of the Lord came vpon them, and a light shined in the house, and he smote Peter on the side, and raysed him vp, saying, Arise quickely; his chaines fell off from his handes. Acts 12:8 And the Angel saide vnto him, Girde thy selfe, and binde on thy sandales; so he did. Then he said vnto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and followe me. Acts 12:9 So Peter came out and followed him, and knewe not that it was true, which was done by the Angel, but thought he had seene a vision. Acts 12:10 Nowe when they were past the first and the second watch, they came vnto the yron gate, that leadeth vnto the citie, which opened to them by it owne accord, and they went out, and passed through one streete, and by and by the Angel departed from him. Acts 12:11 And when Peter was come to himselfe, he said, Nowe I know for a trueth, that the Lord hath sent his Angel, and hath deliuered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the wayting for of the people of the Iewes. Acts 12:12 And as he considered the thing, he came to the house of Marie, the mother of Iohn, whose surname was Marke, where many were gathered together, and prayed. Acts 12:13 And when Peter knocked at the entrie doore, a maide came foorth to hearken, named Rhode, Acts 12:14 But when she knew Peters voyce, she opened not the entrie doore for gladnesse, but ranne in, and tolde howe Peter stood before the entrie. Acts 12:15 But they said vnto her, Thou art mad. Yet she affirmed it constantly, that it was so. Then said they, It is his Angel. Acts 12:16 But Peter continued knocking, and when they had opened it, and sawe him, they were astonied. Acts 12:17 And he beckened vnto them with the hand, to hold their peace, and told them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison; he saide, Goe shewe these things vnto Iames and to the brethren: and he departed and went into an other place. Acts 12:18 Nowe assoone as it was day, there was no small trouble among the souldiers, what was become of Peter. Acts 12:19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commaunded them to be led to be punished; he went downe from Iudea to 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 Then Herod was angrie with them of Tyrus and Sidon, but they came all with one accord vnto him, and perswaded Blastus the Kings Chamberlaine, and they desired peace, because their countrey was nourished by the Kings land. Acts 12:21 And vpon a day appointed, Herod arayed himselfe in royall apparell, and sate on the iudgement seate, and made an oration vnto them. Acts 12:22 And the people gaue a shoute, saying, The voyce of God, and not of man. Acts 12:23 But immediatly the Angel of the Lorde smote him, because he gaue not glorie vnto God, so that he was eaten of wormes, and gaue vp the ghost.
After his death, the Word of God prospereth.
Acts 12:24 And the worde of God grewe, and multiplied. Acts 12:25 So Barnabas and Saul returned from Hierusalem, when they had fulfilled their office, and tooke with them Iohn, whose surname was Marke.