Acts 12

Matthew(i) 1 In that tyme Herode the Kinge stretched forth hys handes to vexe certayne of the congregacyon. 2 And he killeth Iames the brother of Iohn wt the swearde 3 and because he sawe that it pleased the Iewes he proceaded forther, and toke Peter also. Then were the dayes of swete bread. 4 And when he had caught hym, he put hym in pryson, & deliuered hym to .iiij. quaternions of soudyers to be kept, entendynge after Easter to bryng hym forth to the people. 5 Then was Peter kept in pryson. But prayer was made without ceasing of the congregacyon vnto God for hym: 6 And when Herode woulde haue brought him out to the people, the same nyght slept Peter betwene two souldiours bound with two chaynes, and the kepers before the dore kepte the pryson. 7 And beholde the aungell of the lorde was there presente, and a light shyned in the lodge. And he smote Peter on the syde, and stered hym vp, saiyng: aryse vp quickly. And hys chaynes fell of from hys handes. 8 And the aungell sayed vnto him: gyrde thy selfe, and bind on thy sandales. And so he dyd. And he sayed vnto hym: cast thy mantle aboute the, & folow me. 9 And he came out, and folowed hym, and wist not that it was truthe, whiche was done by the aungell, but thought he had sene a vysion. 10 When they were past the fyrste and the second watche, they came vnto the Iron gate, that leadeth vnto the citie which opened to them by his owne accorde. And they went oute and passed thorowe one strete, and by and by the aungell departed from hym. 11 And when Peter was come to hym selfe, he sayde. Nowe I knowe of a suretye, that the Lorde hath sent hys aungell, and hath delyuered me out of the hande of Herode, and from all the waytyng for of the people of the Iewes. 12 And as he consydered the thynge, he came to the house of Mary the mother of one Iohn which was called Marke also, where manye were gathered together in prayer. 13 As Peter knocketh at the entry dore, a damsell came forth to herken, named Rhoda, 14 when she knew Peters voyce, she opened not the entrey for gladnes, but ran in and tolde, how Peter stode before the entrey. 15 And they sayde vnto her: thou arte mad. And she bare them doune that it was euen so. Then sayde they: it is hys Aungel. 16 But Peter contynued knockynge. And when they had opened the dore, and sawe hym, they were astonyed. 17 And he beckened vnto them with the hande to holde theyr peace, and tolde them by what meanes the Lord hath brought hym out of the pryson. And he sayde: go shew these thynges vnto Iames, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. 18 Assone as it was daye, there was no litell a do amouge the soudyers, what was become of Peter. 19 When Herode had called for hym, and founde hym not, he examined the kepers, and commaunded them to be caryed awaye. And he descended from Iewry to Cesarea, & there abode. 20 Herode was displeased with them of Tyre & Sydon, And they came all at once, and made intercessyon vnto Blastus the kinges chamberlayne, & desyred peace, because theyr countrey was nouryshed by the kynges lande. 21 And vpon a daye appoynted Herode arayed hym in royall apparell, and set hym in hys seate, and made an oracyon vnto them. 22 And the people gaue a shout, saiyng: it is the voyce of a God, and not of a man. 23 And immediatly the aungell of the Lorde smote hym, because he gaue not God the glorye, and he was eaten of wormes, and gaue vp the ghost. 24 And the worde of God grew and multyplyed. 25 And Barnabas and Paul returned to Hierusalem, when they had fulfylled theyr offyce, and toke with them Iohn whiche also called Marcus.