1NowaboutthattimeHerod the king stretched forth his hands to vexcertainof the church.2And he killedJames the brother of John with the sword.3And because he sawitpleased the Jews, he proceeded further to takePeteralso. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
4Andwhen he had apprehended him, he put him inprison, and delivered him to fourquaternions of soldiers to keephim;intendingafterEastera to bringhimforth to the people.5Petertherefore was keptinprison:butprayerbwasmade without ceasingof the churchuntoGodforhim.6AndwhenHerodwould have broughthimforth , the samenightPeterwassleepingbetweentwosoldiers,bound with twochains:and the keepersbefore the doorkept the prison.7And,behold , the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a lightshinedin the prison:and he smotePeter on the side, and raisedhimup , saying , Arise upquickly . Andhischains fell offfrom his hands.8And the angelsaiduntohim, Gird thyself , and bind onthysandals.Andso he did . And he saith unto him,Cast thy garmentaboutthee,andfollowme.9And he went out , and followedhim;andwistnotthat it wastruewhich was doneby the angel;butthought he saw a vision.10When they were past the firstand the secondward, they cameunto the irongate that leadethunto the city;whichopened to them of his own accord:and they went out , and passed on throughonestreet;andforthwith the angeldepartedfromhim.11And when Peter was cometohimself, he said , Now I know of a surety,that the Lord hath senthisangel,and hath deliveredme out of the hand of Herod,and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.12And when he had considered the thing, he cameto the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname wasMark;wheremanywere gathered togetherpraying .
13And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damselcame to hearken ,cnamedRhoda.14And when she knewPeter'svoice, she openednot the gateforgladness,but ran in , and told howPeterstoodbefore the gate.15And they saiduntoher, Thou art mad . But she constantly affirmed that it was even so.Then said they , It ishisangel.16ButPetercontinuedknocking : and when they had opened the door, and sawhim , they were astonished .
17But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace , declared unto themhow the Lord had broughthim out of the prison.And he said , Go shew these things unto James,and to the brethren.And he departed , and wentintoanotherplace.18Now as soon as it wasday, there wasnosmallstiramong the soldiers,whatwasbecome of Peter.19AndwhenHerod had sought forhim,and found himnot, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death . And he went downfromJudaeatoCaesarea, and there abode .
20AndHerodwas highly displeased with them of TyreandSidon:but they came with one accordtohim,and, having madeBlastus the king'schamberlaintheirfriend , desiredpeace;becausetheircountry was nourishedby the king's country.
21And upon a setdayHerod,arrayed in royalapparel,satupon his throne,and made an orationuntothem.22And the people gave a shout , saying, It is the voice of a god,andnot of a man.23Andimmediately the angel of the Lordsmotehim,becausehegavenotGod the glory:and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost .
24But the word of Godgrewandmultiplied .
25AndBarnabasandSaulreturnedfromJerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry,dand took with themJohn, whose surname wasMark.