Acts 12

Whiston(i) 1 Now at that time Herod the king laid [his] hands to afflict certain of the church in Judea. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 But because he saw this attempt of his upon the faithful pleased the Jews, he proceeded further, to take Peteralso: Then were the days of unleavened bread. 4 When he had apprehended this man, he put him into prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep, intending after the Passover to bring him forth to the people. 5 Peter therefore was kept in prison; but great prayer was made with fervency of the church unto God for him. 6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; But the keepers before the door kept the prison. 7 And behold, an angel of the Lord came upon Peter, and a light shined in the prison-house, and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 But the angel said unto him, Gird thy self, and bind on thy sandals: and so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9 And he went out and followed, and knew not that it was true which was done by theangel: for he thought he saw a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of its own accord: and they went out, and descended the seven steps, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know that the Lord hath surely sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and [from] all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12 And when he had considered, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose sirname was Mark, where many were gathered together, praying. 13 And as Peter himself knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. 14 And knowing Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, and ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. 15 And [they said] unto her, thou art mad. But she strongly affirmed that it was even so. Then [they said] to her, Perhaps, it is his angel. 16 But he continued knocking: and opening and seeing him, they were astonished. 17 But he beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, he came in, and declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go, shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed and went into another place. 18 Now assoon as it was day, there was a stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. 19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that [they] should be slain. And he went down from Judea to Cesarea, and [there] abode. 20 For he was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but the people of both cities came with one accord to the King, and having made Blastus his chamberlain their friend, they desired peace; because their countries were nourished by the king's. 21 And upon a set day, Herod arayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration, unto them. 22 When he was reconciled to those of Tyre, The people gave a shout, [saying,] the voices are of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and coming down from his seat while he was alive he was eaten of worms, and in this manner gave up the ghost. 24 But the word of God grew and multiplied. 25 And Barnabas and Saul departed from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled the ministry, [and] tookwith them John whose sirname was Mark.