Peter Is Rescued

Acts 12

6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were 1 keeping the prison. 7 Now behold, d an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, "Arise quickly!" And his chains fell off his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and tie on your sandals"; and so he did. And he said to him, "Put on your garment and follow me." 9 So he went out and followed him, and e did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought f he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, g which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, "Now I know for certain that h the Lord has sent His angel, and i has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people."

12 So, when he had considered this, j he came to the house of Mary, the mother of k John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together l praying. 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she recognized Peter's voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate. 15 But they said to her, "You are beside yourself!" Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, m "It is his angel." 16 Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But n motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, "Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren." And he departed and went to another place.

18 Then, as soon as it was day, there was no small 2 stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter. 19 But when Herod had searched for him and not found him, he examined the guards and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.

  1. Cross References
    Acts 5:19
    But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 126:1
    When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream.
  3. Cross References
    Acts 10:3
    About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, "Cornelius!
    Acts 10:17
    Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate.
    Acts 11:5
    I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object descending like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came to me.
  4. Cross References
    Acts 5:19
    But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said.
    Acts 16:26
    Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 34:7
    The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.
    Daniel 3:28
    Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego', who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!
    Daniel 6:22
    "My God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you."
    Hebrews 1:14
    Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
  6. Cross References
    Job 5:19
    He shall deliver you in six troubles, Yes, in s...
    Psalms 33:18
    Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fea...
    Psalms 33:19
    To deliver their soul from death, And to keep t...
    Psalms 34:22
    The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, And ...
    Psalms 41:2
    The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, ...
    2 Corinthians 1:10
    Who delivered us from so great a death, and doe...
    2 Peter 2:9
    Then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly ou...
  7. Cross References
    Acts 4:23
    And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.
  8. Cross References
    Acts 13:5
    And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant.
    Acts 13:13
    Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.
    Acts 15:37
    Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark.
    2 Timothy 4:11
    Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.
    1 Peter 5:13
    She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son.
  9. Cross References
    Acts 12:5
    Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
  10. Cross References
    Genesis 48:16
    The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them, And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
    Matthew 18:10
    Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
  11. Cross References
    Acts 13:16
    Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:
    Acts 19:33
    And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander motioned with his hand, and wanted to make his defense to the people.
    Acts 21:40
    So when he had given him permission, Paul stood on the stairs and motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great silence, he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, saying.
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