King Herod persecuteth the Christians, killeth James, and imprisoneth Peter: whom an angel delivereth upon the prayers of the Church.
Acts 12:1 Now, in the course of that season, Herod the king thrust forth his hands to harm some of them of the assembly, Acts 12:2 And slew James the brother of John with a sword; Acts 12:3 And, seeing that it was acceptable unto the Jews, he went on to apprehend Peter also (now they were the days of unleavened bread), Acts 12:4 Whom also having seized, he put into prison, delivering him up unto four quaternions of soldiers, to be guarding him,intending, after the passover, to bring him up unto the people. Acts 12:5 Peter, therefore, was kept in the prison; but, prayer, was, earnestly, being made by the assembly, unto God, concerning him. Acts 12:6 And, when Herod was about to bring him forth, on that night, was Peter sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, guards, also, before the door, were keeping the prison. Acts 12:7 And lo! a messenger of the Lord stood over him, and a light shone in the cell; and, smiting the side of Peter, he roused him up, sayingRise up quickly! And his chains fell off out of his hands. Acts 12:8 And the messenger said unto himGird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And he did so. And he saith unto himThrow around thee thy mantle, and be following me. Acts 12:9 And, coming out, he began following, and knew not that it was true which was coming about through means of the messenger; but supposed that, a vision, he was beholding. Acts 12:10 And, passing through the first ward and the second, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth into the city, the which, of its own accord, opened unto them; and, coming out, they went on through one street, and, straightway, the messenger was parted from him. Acts 12:11 And, Peter, coming to himself saidNow, know I, of a truth, that the Lord hath sent forth his messenger, and taken me out of the hand of Herod, and all the expectation of the people of the Jews. Acts 12:12 And, considering the matter, he came unto the house of Mary, the mother of John who was surnamed Mark, where a considerable number were gathered together and praying. Acts 12:13 And, when he had knocked at the door of the porch, there came unto it a maiden to hearken, by name Rhoda; Acts 12:14 And, recognizing the voice of Peter, by reason of her joy, she opened not the porch,but, running in, bare tidings that Peter was standing before the porch. But, they, unto her, saidThou art raving Acts 12:15 She, however, kept on strongly declaring that, so, it was. But, they, were sayingIt is his, messenger. Acts 12:16 And, Peter, continued knocking; and, opening, they saw him, and were amazed. Acts 12:17 But, making a sign to them with his hand to hold their peace, he related to them how, the Lord, had brought, him, forth out of the prison; and he saidCarry tidings unto James and the brethren, as to these things. And, going out, he went his way unto some other place. Acts 12:18 And, when it became day, there was no small commotion among the soldiers, as to what, then, Peter had become! Acts 12:19 And, Herod, seeking after and not finding, him, having examined the guards, ordered them to be led away [to death]; and, going down from Judaea unto Caesarea, stayed there.
In his pride taking to himself the honour due to God, he is stricken by an angel, and dieth miserably.
Acts 12:20 Now he was bitterly hostile to them of Tyre and Zidon; but, with one accord, they came unto him, and, persuading Blastus, who was over the bed-chamber of the king, they were suing for peace; because their country was fed by the king's, Acts 12:21 And, on an appointed day, Herod, putting on royal apparel, and seating himself upon the tribunal, proceeded to deliver an oration unto them. Acts 12:22 And, the populace, began to shoutA god's, voice, and not, a man's! Acts 12:23 And, instantly, there smote him, a messenger of the Lord, because he gave not the glory unto God; and, becoming worm-eaten, he expired.
After his death, the Word of God prospereth.
Acts 12:24 And, the word of the Lord, went on growing and multiplying. Acts 12:25 And, Barnabas and Saul, returned unto Jerusalem, fulfilling the ministering, taking with them John who was surnamed Mark.