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, Herod the king stretched forth [his] hands to afflict certain of the church. Acts 12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. Acts 12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. Then were the days of unleavened bread. Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put [him] in prison, and delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after the passover to bring him forth to the people. Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing by the church to God for him. Acts 12:6 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. Acts 12:7 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 quickly. And his chains fell off from [his] hands. Acts 12:8 And the angel said to him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals; and so he did. And he saith to him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. Acts 12:9 And he went out, and followed him, and knew 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 to the iron gate that leadeth to the city; which opened to them of its own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. Acts 12:11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, Now I know with certainty, 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. Acts 12:12 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 assembled, praying. Acts 12:13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. Acts 12:14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told that Peter stood before the gate Acts 12:15 And they said to her, Thou art insane. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then they said, It is his angel. Acts 12:16 But Peter continued knocking. And when they had opened [the door], and saw him, they were astonished. Acts 12:17 But he beckoning to them with the hand to hold their peace, declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go, show these things to James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. Acts 12:18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. Acts 12:19 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 Judea 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 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]. Acts 12:21 And upon a set day, Herod arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration to them. Acts 12:22 And the people gave a shout, [saying], [It is] the voice of a god, and not of a man. Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten by worms, and died.
After his death, the Word of God prospereth.
Acts 12:24 But the word of God grew and multiplied. Acts 12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled [their] ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.