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Acts 12:7-17 (New International Version)

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7 Suddenly an angel1 of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists.2 8 Then the angel said to him, "Put on your clothes and sandals." And Peter did so. "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me," the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.3 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself,4 and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. 11 Then Peter came to himself5 and said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me6 from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating." 12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark,7 where many people had gathered and were praying.8 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door.9 14 When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed10 she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!" 15 "You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel."11 16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 Peter motioned with his hand12 for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. "Tell James13 and the brothers14 about this," he said, and then he left for another place.
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