Acts 12

ABU(i) 1 AND about that time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands to oppress certain of the church. 2 And he slew James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also; (then were the days of unleavened bread;) 4 whom he also seized and put in prison, delivering him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after the passover to bring him forth to the people. 5 Peter therefore was kept guarded in the prison; but earnest prayer was made by the church to God on his behalf. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him forth, in that night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and keepers before the door were guarding the prison. 7 And, behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shined in the prison; and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him, saying: Rise up quickly. And his chains fell from off his hands. 8 And the angel said to him: Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals; and he did so. And he said to him: Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9 And he went out, and followed him; and knew not that what was done by the angel was true, but thought he saw a vision. 10 And having passed the first and the second watch, they came to the iron gate that leads into 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. 11 And Peter, having come to himself, said: Now I know truly, that the Lord sent forth his angel, and delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12 And becoming fully conscious of it, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, who was surnamed Mark, where many were gathered together, and praying. 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a maidservant came to hearken, named Rhoda. 14 And recognizing Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told that Peter was standing before the gate. 15 And they said to her: Thou art mad. But she confidently affirmed that it was even so. And they said: It is his angel. 16 But Peter continued knocking; and opening the door they saw him, and were amazed. 17 And beckoning to them with the hand to be silent, he related to them how the Lord brought him out of the prison. And he said: Go tell these things to James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went to another place. 18 And when it was day, there was no small commotion among the soldiers, as to what was become of Peter. 19 And Herod, when he had sought for him, and found him not, after examining the keepers, commanded that they should be led away to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode. 20 And Herod was highly displeased with the Tyrians and Sidonians. 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 that of the king. 21 And on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made a speech to them. 22 And thereupon the people shouted: The voice of a god, and not of a man! 23 And immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not glory to God; and he was eaten by worms, and expired. 24 But the word of God grew and multiplied. 25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having performed the service, taking with them also John, who was surnamed Mark.