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1 Now, about that time, King Herod arrested certain members of the Church, in order to ill-treat them; 1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.
2 and James, John's brother, he beheaded. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.
3 Finding that this gratified the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also; these being the days of Unleavened Bread. 3 When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
4 He had him arrested and lodged in jail, handing him over to the care of sixteen soldiers; and intended after the Passover to bring him out again to the people. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
5 So Peter was kept in prison; but long and fervent prayer was offered to God by the Church on his behalf. 5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
6 Now when Herod was on the point of taking him out of prison, that very night Peter was asleep between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards were on duty outside the door. 6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.
7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the cell; and, striking Peter on the side, he woke him and said, "Rise quickly." Instantly the chains dropped off his wrists. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists.
8 "Fasten your girdle," said the angel, "and tie on your sandals." He did so. Then the angel said, "Throw your cloak round you, and follow me." 8 Then the angel said to him, "Put on your clothes and sandals." And Peter did so. "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me," the angel told him.
9 So Peter went out, following him, yet could not believe that what the angel was doing was real, but supposed that he saw a vision. 9 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.
10 And passing through the first ward and the second, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. This opened to them of itself; and, going out, they passed on through one of the streets, and then suddenly the angel left him. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.
11 Peter coming to himself said, "Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel and has rescued me from the power of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were anticipating." 11 Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating."
12 So, after thinking things over, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John surnamed Mark, where a large number of people were assembled, praying. 12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.
13 When he knocked at the wicket in the door, a maidservant named Rhoda came to answer the knock; 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door.
14 and recognizing Peter's voice, for very joy she did not open the door, but ran in and told them that Peter was standing there. 14 When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!"
15 "You are mad," they said. But she strenuously maintained that it was true. "It is his guardian angel," they said. 15 "You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel."
16 Meanwhile Peter went on knocking, until at last they opened the door and saw that it was really he, and were filled with amazement. 16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.
17 But he motioned with his hand for silence, and then described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. "Tell all this to James and the brethren," he added. Then he left them, and went to another place. 17 Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. "Tell James and the brothers about this," he said, and then he left for another place.
18 When morning came, there was no little commotion among the soldiers, as to what could possibly have become of Peter. 18 In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter.
19 And when Herod had had him searched for and could not find him, after sharply questioning the guards he ordered them away to execution. He then went down from Judaea to Caesarea and remained there. 19 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. Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there a while.
20 Now the people of Tyre and Sidon had incurred Herod's violent displeasure. So they sent a large deputation to wait on him; and having secured the good will of Blastus, his treasurer, they begged the king to be friendly with them again, because their country was dependent on his for its food supply. 20 He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. Having secured the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king's country for their food supply.
21 So, on an appointed day, Herod, having arrayed himself in royal robes, took his seat on the tribunal, and was haranguing them; 21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people.
22 and the assembled people kept shouting, "It is the voice of a god, and not of a man!" 22 They shouted, "This is the voice of a god, not of a man."
23 Instantly an angel of the Lord struck him, because he had not given the glory to God, and being eaten up by worms, he died. 23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
24 But God's Message prospered, and converts were multiplied. 24 But the word of God continued to increase and spread.
25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having discharged their mission, and they brought with them John, surnamed Mark. 25 When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.