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.110
They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself,2 and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.
Then Peter came to himself3 and said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me4 from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating."
When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark,5 where many people had gathered and were praying.613
Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door.714
When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed8 she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!"
"You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel."916
But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.
Peter motioned with his hand10 for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. "Tell James11 and the brothers12 about this," he said, and then he left for another place.
In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter.
After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.13 Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea14 and stayed there a while.