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Acts 12:1-5New King James Version (NKJV)

Herod’s Violence to the Church

12 Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 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. 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

Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant[a] prayer was offered to God for him by the church.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 12:5 NU-Text reads constantly (or earnestly).
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Acts 12:1-5Amplified Bible (AMP)

Peter’s Arrest and Escape

12 Now at that time [a]Herod [Agrippa I] the king [of the Jews] arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to harm them. And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword; and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to have Peter arrested as well. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread [the Passover week]. When he had seized Peter, he put him in prison, turning him over to four squads of soldiers of four each to guard him [in rotation throughout the night], planning after the Passover to bring him out before the people [for execution]. So Peter was kept in prison, but fervent and persistent prayer for him was being made to God by the church.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 12:1 I.e. Herod Agrippa I was the grandson of Herod the Great. Since he was of Hasmonean descent he was partly Jewish.
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Acts 12:1-5Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

12 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

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Acts 12:1-51599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

12 Herod killeth James with the sword,  4 And imprisoneth Peter, 8 whom the Angel delivereth. 20 Herod being offended with them of Tyrus, 21 is pacified: 22 And taking the honor due to God, to himself, 23 he is eaten with worms , and so dieth.

Now [a]about that time, [b]Herod the king stretched forth his hand to vex certain of the Church,

And he [c]killed James the brother of John with the sword.

[d]And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further, to take Peter also (then were the days of unleavened bread.)

[e]And when he had caught him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to be kept, intending after the Passover to bring him forth to the people.

[f]So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer was made of the Church unto God for him.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 12:1 God giveth his Church a truce, but for a little time.
  2. Acts 12:1 This name Herod was common to all them that came of the stock of Herod Ascalonites, whose surname was Magnus: but he that is spoken of here, was nephew to Herod the great son to Aristobulus, and father to that Agrippa who is spoken of afterward.
  3. Acts 12:2 Violently, his cause being not once heard.
  4. Acts 12:3 It is an old fashion of tyrants to procure the favor of the wicked, with the blood of the godly.
  5. Acts 12:4 The tyrants and wicked make a gallows for themselves, even then when they do most according to their own will and fantasy.
  6. Acts 12:5 The prayers of the godly overturn the counsel of tyrants, obtain Angels of God, break the prison, unloose chains, put Satan to flight and preserve the Church.
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Acts 12:1-5Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

12 And about that time, Herod the king put forth his hands, to do evil to certain of those of the assembly,

and he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword,

and having seen that it is pleasing to the Jews, he added to lay hold of Peter also -- and they were the days of the unleavened food --

whom also having seized, he did put in prison, having delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him, intending after the passover to bring him forth to the people.

Peter, therefore, indeed, was kept in the prison, and fervent prayer was being made by the assembly unto God for him,

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