Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them.
And he 1had James the brother of John 2put to death with a sword.
When he saw that it 3pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now it was during 4the days of Unleavened Bread.
When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four 5squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after 6the Passover to bring him out before the people.
So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.
On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, 7bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison.
And behold, 8an angel of the Lord suddenly 9appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter's side and woke him up, saying, "Get up quickly." And 10his chains fell off his hands.
And the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and put on your sandals." And he did so. And he said to him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me."
And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing 11a vision.
When they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which 12opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
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When Peter 13came to himself, he said, "Now I know for sure that 14the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting."
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And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of 15John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and 16were praying.
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When he knocked at the door of the gate, 17a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer.
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When she recognized Peter's voice, 18because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate.
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They said to her, "You are out of your mind!" But she kept insisting that it was so. They kept saying, "It is 19his angel."
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But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the door, they saw him and were amazed.
But 20motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had led him out of the prison. And he said, "Report these things to 21James and 22the brethren." Then he left and went to another place.
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Now when day came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers as to what could have become of Peter.
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When Herod had searched for him and had not found him, he examined the guards and ordered that they 23be led away to execution. Then he went down from Judea to 24Caesarea and was spending time there.
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Now he was very angry with the people of 25Tyre and Sidon; and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king's chamberlain , they were asking for peace, because 26their country was fed by the king's country.
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On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them.
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The people kept crying out, "The voice of a god and not of a man!"
And immediately 27an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.
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But 28the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.
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And 29Barnabas and 30Saul returned from Jerusalem 31when they had fulfilled their mission, taking along with them 32John, who was also called Mark.
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