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Chapter 12

Acts 12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hands to harass certain of the assembly.

Acts 12:2 So he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

Acts 12:3 Because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. Then were the Days of Unleavened Bread.

Acts 12:4 When he had taken him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to guard him; intending after Passover to bring him out to the people.

Acts 12:5 Therefore Peter was kept in prison: but prayer was made without stopping by the assembly to God for him.

Acts 12:6 When Herod was about to bring him out, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the guards 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 touched Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly! And his chains fell off from his hands.

Acts 12:8 Then the angel said to him, cloth yourself and tie on your sandals. So he did. And he said to him, cast your garment around you, and follow me.

Acts 12:9 So he went out, and followed him; and knew not that it was real which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

Acts 12:10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gates that lead to the city; which opened to them of its own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and immediately the angel departed from him.

Acts 12:11 When Peter had come to himself, he said, now I know surely, that the LORD has sent His angel, and has delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

Acts 12:12 When he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

Acts 12:13 As Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl came to answer, named Rhoda.

Acts 12:14 When she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

Acts 12:15 But they said to her, you are mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, 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, explained to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, go show these things to James, and to the brothers. So he departed, and went into another place.

Acts 12:18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers, what had become of Peter.

Acts 12:19 When Herod sought for him, and found him not, he examined the guards, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judea to Caesarea, and there stayed.

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 personal aide their friend, desired peace; because their country was supplied by food by the king’s country.

Acts 12:21 Upon a certain day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made a speech to them.

Acts 12:22 Then the people gave a shout, saying, it is the voice of a god, and not of a man!

Acts 12:23 Immediately the angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give God the glory: and he was eaten by worms, and gave up the spirit.

Acts 12:24 But the Word of God grew and multiplied.

Acts 12:25 Then Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and picked John, whose surname was Mark.