The persecution by the Roman politician
The mistreatment of some believers and the martyrdom of James
about that time 1Herod
the king laid hands on some from the achurch
in order to bmistreat
away with bJames
, the brother of John, with the csword
The arrest of Peter
Guarded in prison
when he saw that it was apleasing
to the Jews, he went on to arrest Peter also (now those
were the days of bUnleavened
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.
Rescued by the Lord
then Peter was kept in the prison; but aprayer
was being made fervently by the bchurch
to God concerning him.
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.
behold, an aangel
of the Lord bstood
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.
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.
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
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.
to himself and said, Now I know truly that the Lord has sent forth His aangel
me out of Herod's hand and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.
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
when he knocked at the door of the entry, a maiden named Rhoda came to listen.
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.
they said to her, You are crazy! But she insisted that it was so. And they said, It is 1his
Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the gate,
they saw him and were beside themselves.
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.
when it became day, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers, they not knowing
what had become of Peter.
The fate of the persecutors
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.
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.
on an appointed day Herod arrayed himself in royal clothing and sat on the judgment seat; and he delivered a public address to them.
the populace cried out, The voice of a god and not of a man!
instantly an aangel
of the Lord struck him because he did not give the bglory
to God; and he was eaten by cworms
The growth and multiplication of the word
the word of 1God agrew
In the Gentile lands through the ministry of Paul's company
and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having completed the adispensing
they took along with them bJohn
, who was surnamed Mark.