1Nowabout that timeaHerod the kinglaidhands on somewhobelonged to the church in order to mistreat them.
And he 1had James the brother of John2put to death with a sword.
When he saw that it 3pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrestPeteralso. Nowbit was during 4the days of Unleavened Bread.
When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to fourc5squads of soldiers to guard him, intendingafter6the Passover to bring him out before the people.
5SoPeter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was beingmadefervently by the church to God.
On dthe verynightwhenHerod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleepingbetweentwosoldiers, 7bound with twochains, and guards in front of the door were watchingover the prison.
And behold, 8an angel of the Lord suddenly 9appeared and a lightshone in the cell ; and he struckPeter'sside and woke him up, saying, "Get up quickly." And 10his chainsfelloff his hands.
And the angelsaid to him, "Gird yourself and eput on your sandals." And he didso. And he said to him, "Wrap your cloakaround you and follow me."
And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was beingdone by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing11a vision.
When they had passed the first and secondguard, they came to the irongate that leads into the city, which12opened for them by itself ; and they went out and wentalongonestreet, and immediately the angeldeparted from him.
When Peter13camefto himself, he said, "Now I know for sure that 14the Lord has sentforth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from allgthat the Jewishpeople were expecting."