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19. The persecution by the Roman politician 12:1-23
a. The mistreatment of some believers and the martyrdom of James vv. 1-2
Acts 12 :1 12:1 Now about that time 1Herod the king laid hands on some from the achurch in order to bmistreat them.
Acts 12 :2 12:2 And he adid away with bJames, the brother of John, with the csword.
b. The arrest of Peter vv. 3-19a
1) Guarded in prison vv. 3-5a
Acts 12 :3 12:3 And when he saw that it was apleasing to the Jews, he went on to arrest Peter also (now those were the days of bUnleavened Bread),
Acts 12 :4 12:4 Whom also he aseized and put in bprison, delivering him to four 1quaternions of soldiers to guard him, intending after the cPassover to bring him out to the people.
2) Rescued by the Lord vv. 5-19a
Acts 12 :5 12:5 So then Peter was kept in the prison; but aprayer was being made fervently by the bchurch to God concerning him.
Acts 12 :6 12:6 And when Herod was about to bring him forward, that night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, abound with two chains; and guards before the door were keeping the prison.
Acts 12 :7 12:7 And behold, an aangel of the Lord bstood by him, and a light shined in the cell; and he cstruck Peter's side and roused him, saying, Rise up quickly. And his dchains fell off his hands.
Acts 12 :8 12:8 And the angel said to him, Gird yourself and tie on your asandals. And he did so. And he said to him, Throw your cloak around you and follow me.
Acts 12 :9 12:9 And he went out and followed him; yet he did not know that what was taking place through the angel was real, but thought that he was seeing a avision.
Acts 12 :10 12:10 And passing the first guard and the second, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which aopened of itself to them. And going out, they went forward one lane; and immediately the angel departed from him.
Acts 12 :11 12:11 And Peter 1came to himself and said, Now I know truly that the Lord has sent forth His aangel and brescued me out of Herod's hand and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.
Acts 12 :12 12:12 And when he became aware of this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of aJohn, who was surnamed Mark, where there was a considerable number assembled together and bpraying.
Acts 12 :13 12:13 And when he knocked at the door of the entry, a maiden named Rhoda came to listen.
Acts 12 :14 12:14 And when she recognized Peter's voice, she did not open the gate for joy, but ran in and reported that Peter was standing before the entry.
Acts 12 :15 12:15 But they said to her, You are crazy! But she insisted that it was so. And they said, It is 1his angel.
Acts 12 :16 12:16 But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the gate, they saw him and were beside themselves.
Acts 12 :17 12:17 And amotioning to them with his hand to be silent, he related to them how the Lord had led him out of the prison, and he said, Report these things to 1bJames and the cbrothers. And going out, he went to another place.
Acts 12 :18 12:18 Now when it became day, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers, they not knowing what had become of Peter.
c. The fate of the persecutors vv. 19-23
Acts 12 :19 12:19 And when Herod searched for him and did not find him, he examined the guards and ordered that they be led off to execution. And he went down from Judea to aCaesarea and spent time there.
Acts 12 :20 12:20 Now he was furious with the Tyrians and Sidonians. And they came to him with one accord; and having persuaded Blastus, the king's 1chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country was afed from the king's country.
Acts 12 :21 12:21 And on an appointed day Herod arrayed himself in royal clothing and sat on the judgment seat; and he delivered a public address to them.
Acts 12 :22 12:22 And the populace cried out, The voice of a god and not of a man!
Acts 12 :23 12:23 And instantly an aangel of the Lord struck him because he did not give the bglory to God; and he was eaten by cworms and 1expired.
20. The growth and multiplication of the word 12:24
Acts 12 :24 12:24 But the word of 1God agrew and multiplied.
B. In the Gentile lands through the ministry of Paul's company 12:25—28:31
1. The initiation 12:25
Acts 12 :25 12:25 And 1Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having completed the adispensing; and they took along with them bJohn, who was surnamed Mark.
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