About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.
He killed 1James the brother of John 2with the sword,
and when he saw 3that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during 4the days of Unleavened Bread.
And when he had seized him, he put him 5in prison, delivering him over to four 6squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.
So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest 7prayer for him was made to God by the church.
Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, 8bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison.
And behold, 9an angel of the Lord 10stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. 11He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, "Get up quickly." And 12the chains fell off his hands.
And the angel said to him, "Dress yourself and 13put 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 followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but 14thought he was seeing a vision.
When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. 15It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him.
When Peter 16came to himself, he said, "Now I am sure that 17the Lord has sent his angel and 18rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting."
When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of 19John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and 20were praying.
And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, 21a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer.
Recognizing Peter's voice, 22in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate.
They said to her, "You are out of your mind." But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, "It is 23his angel!"
But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed.
But 24motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, "Tell these things to 25James and to 26the brothers." Then he departed and went to another place.
Now when day came, there was no little disturbance among the soldiers over what had become of Peter.
And after Herod searched for him and did not find him, he examined the sentries and 27ordered that they should be put to death. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and spent time there.
Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, and they came to him with one accord, and 28having persuaded Blastus, the king's chamberlain, they asked for peace, because 29their country depended on the king's country for food.
On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them.
And the people were shouting, "The voice of a god, and not of a man!"
Immediately 30an angel of the Lord struck him down, because 31he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.
But 32the word of God increased and multiplied.
33And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had completed their service, bringing with them 34John, whose other name was Mark.