Acts 12:1-8 (English Standard Version)

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James Killed and Peter Imprisoned

1 About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. 2 He killed 1James the brother of John 2with the sword, 3 and when he saw 3that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during 4the days of Unleavened Bread. 4 And when he had seized him, he put him 5in prison, delivering him over to four 6squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. 5 So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest 7prayer for him was made to God by the church.

Peter Is Rescued

6 Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, 8bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. 7 And behold, 9an angel of the Lord 10stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. 11He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, "Get up quickly." And 12the chains fell off his hands. 8 And the angel said to him, "Dress yourself and 13put on your sandals." And he did so. And he said to him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me."
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