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.1 Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea2 and stayed there.
He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon;3 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.421
On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people.
They shouted, "This is the voice of a god, not of a mere mortal."
Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel5 of the Lord struck him down,6 and he was eaten by worms and died.
But the word of God7 continued to increase and spread.8