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Now at that season Herod the king put forth his hands to injure some of those from the assembly.
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And he slew James the brother of John with [the] sword.
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And seeing that it was agreeable to the Jews, he went on to seize Peter also (but they were the days of unleavened bread)
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whom, having taken, he also put in prison, and delivered him to four quarternions of soldiers to keep, purposing after the passover to bring him forth unto the people.
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Peter, then, was kept in the prison; but prayer was earnestly made by the assembly unto God concerning him.
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And when Herod was about to bring him forward, on that night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards before the door were keeping the prison.
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And, behold, an angel of [the] Lord stood by, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck the side of Peter, and awoke him, saying, Rise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
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And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals; and he did so. And he saith to him, Throw thy cloak round thee and follow me.
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And going out he followed and knew not that what was being done by the angel was true, but thought he was seeing a vision.
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And when they came through a first guard and a second, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which of itself opened to them; and having gone out they went forth one street; and immediately the angel departed from him.
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And Peter, on coming to himself, said, Now I know truly that [the] Lord sent forth his angel and took me out of Herod’s hand and all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
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And, being conscious, he came unto the house of Mary the mother of John that was surnamed Mark, where were many assembled and praying.
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And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, there came forward a maid to listen, by name Rhoda;
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recognising Peter’s voice, she did not for joy open the gate, but ran in and reported that Peter was standing before the gateway.
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And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she kept maintaining that it was so; and they said, It is his angel.
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But Peter continued knocking, and on opening they saw him and were amazed.
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And, beckoning to them with his hand to be silent, he related to them how the Lord brought him out of the prison; and he said, Report these things to James and to the brethren. And he went out and proceeded unto another place.
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And when it was day there was no small disturbance among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.
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But Herod having sought him out without finding [him] examined the guards and commanded [them] to be led away [to execution], and he went down from Judaea unto Caesarea and stayed [there].
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And he was at bitter enmity with them of Tyre and Sidon; but with one consent they came to him, and having won over Blastus the chamberlain of the king, sought peace, because their country was nourished by the king’s.
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And on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel and seated on the throne, made an harangue unto them.
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And the people shouted thereon, A god’s voice and not a man’s.
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And immediately an angel of [the] Lord smote him, because he gave not the glory to God; and becoming worm-eaten he expired.
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But the word of God grew and multiplied.
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And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having fulfilled the service, taking also with them John surnamed Mark.