Seeing how popular the execution of James had made him, Herod tried for Peter too, but God had more for Peter to do and Herod could not stop it.

BibleGateway: Acts 12:1-11

ESV Text: Acts 12:1-11

Acts 12:1–11 (Listen)

James Killed and Peter Imprisoned

12:1 About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword, and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

Peter Is Rescued

Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. 11 When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 1:52

     1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4 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.

     5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. 7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 420 :
My Jesus, as Thou Wilt

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1. My Jesus, as Thou wilt; 
Oh, may Thy will be mine! 
Into Thy hand of love 
I would my all resign. 
Through sorrow or through joy 
Conduct me as Thine own 
And help me still to say, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

2. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
If needy here and poor, 
Give me Thy people’s bread, 
Thy Word, so rich and sure. 
This manna from above 
Let my soul feed upon; 
And if all else should fail, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

3. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
Though seen by many a tear, 
Let not my star of hope 
Grow dim or disappear. 
Since Thou on earth hast wept 
And sorrowed oft alone, 
If I must weep with Thee, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

4. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
When death itself draws nigh, 
Unto Thy wounded side 
For refuge I would fly 
And, clinging to Thee, go 
Where Thou before hast gone. 
My times are in Thy hand: 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

5. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
All shall be well for me; 
Each changing future scene 
I gladly trust with Thee. 
Thus to my home above 
I travel calmly on 
And sing in life or death, 
My Lord, Thy will be done.