Acts 12

1Now at the same time, king Herod extended his hand, in order to afflict some from the Church. 2Then he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword. 3And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he set out next to apprehend Peter also. Now it was the days of Unleavened Bread. 4So when he had apprehended him, he sent him into prison, handing him over into the custody of four groups of four soldiers, intending to produce him to the people after the Passover. 5And so Peter was detained in prison. But prayers were being made without ceasing, by the Church, to God on his behalf. 6And when Herod was ready to produce him, in that same night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, and was bound with two chains. And there were guards in front of the door, guarding the prison. 7And behold, an Angel of the Lord stood near, and a light shined forth in the cell. And tapping Peter on the side, he awakened him, saying, “Rise up, quickly.” And the chains fell from his hands. 8Then the Angel said to him: “Dress yourself, and put on your boots.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your garment around yourself and follow me.” 9And going out, he followed him. And he did not know this truth: that this was being done by an Angel. For he thought that he was seeing a vision. 10And passing by the first and second guards, they came to the iron gate which leads into the city; and it opened for them by itself. And departing, they continued on along a certain side street. And suddenly the Angel withdrew from him. 11And Peter, returning to himself, said: “Now I know, truly, that the Lord sent his Angel, and that he rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the people of the Jews were anticipating.” 12And as he was considering this, he arrived at the house of Mary, the mother of John, who was surnamed Mark, where many were gathered and were praying. 13Then, as he knocked at the door of the gate, a girl went out to answer, whose name was Rhoda. 14And when she recognized the voice of Peter, out of joy, she did not open the gate, but instead, running in, she reported that Peter stood before the gate. 15But they said to her, “You are crazy.” But she reaffirmed that this was so. Then they were saying, “It is his angel.” 16But Peter was persevering in knocking. And when they had opened, they saw him and were astonished. 17But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he explained how the Lord had led him away from prison. And he said, “Inform James and those brothers.” And going out, he went away to another place. 18Then, when daylight came, there was no small commotion among the soldiers, as to what had happened concerning Peter. 19And when Herod had requested him and did not obtain him, having had the guards interrogated, he ordered them led away. And descending from Judea into Caesarea, he lodged there. 20Now he was angry with those of Tyre and Sidon. But they came to him with one accord, and, having persuaded Blastus, who was over the bedchamber of the king, they petitioned for peace, because their regions were supplied with food by him. 21Then, on the appointed day, Herod was clothed in kingly apparel, and he sat in the judgment seat, and he gave a speech to them. 22Then the people were crying out, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” 23And immediately, an Angel of the Lord struck him down, because he had not given honor to God. And having been consumed by worms, he expired. 24But the word of the Lord was increasing and multiplying. 25Then Barnabas and Saul, having completed the ministry, returned from Jerusalem, bringing with them John, who was surnamed Mark.
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