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Acts 12 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Herod’s Violence to the Church
Herod Kills James and Imprisons Peter
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:1 - Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:2 - Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:3 - And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:4 - So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.
Peter Freed from Prison
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:5 - Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant[fn] prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:6 - And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:7 - Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:8 - Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:9 - So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:10 - When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:11 - And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:12 - So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:13 - And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:14 - When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:15 - But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:16 - Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:17 - But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:18 - Then, as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:19 - But when Herod had searched for him and not found him, he examined the guards and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.
Herod’s Violent Death
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:20 - Now Herod had been very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; but they came to him with one accord, and having made Blastus the king’s personal aide their friend, they asked for peace, because their country was supplied with food by the king’s country.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:21 - So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:22 - And the people kept shouting, “The voice of a god and not of a man!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:23 - Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:24 - But the word of God grew and multiplied.
Barnabas and Saul Appointed
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 12:25 - And Barnabas and Saul returned from[fn] Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry, and they also took with them John whose surname was Mark.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text reads constantly (or earnestly).
NU-Text and M-Text read to.

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