Acts 12:1
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New International Version
It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.

New Living Translation
About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church.

English Standard Version
About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.

New American Standard Bible
Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them.

King James Bible
Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
About that time King Herod cruelly attacked some who belonged to the church,

International Standard Version
About that time, Herod arrested some people who belonged to the church and mistreated them.

NET Bible
About that time King Herod laid hands on some from the church to harm them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But at that time, King Herodus, who was surnamed Agrippa, was laying hands on the people who were in the churches, to do evil to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
About that time King Herod devoted his attention to mistreating certain members of the church.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now at that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to mistreat certain of the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}.

King James 2000 Bible
Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to persecute certain of the church.

American King James Version
Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.

American Standard Version
Now about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to afflict certain of the church.

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND at the same time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands, to afflict some of the church.

Darby Bible Translation
At that time Herod the king laid his hands on some of those of the assembly to do them hurt,

English Revised Version
Now about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to afflict certain of the church.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now about that time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands to afflict certain of the church.

Weymouth New Testament
Now, about that time, King Herod arrested certain members of the Church, in order to ill-treat them;

World English Bible
Now about that time, King Herod stretched out his hands to oppress some of the assembly.

Young's Literal Translation
And about that time, Herod the king put forth his hands, to do evil to certain of those of the assembly,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:1-5 James was one of the sons of Zebedee, whom Christ told that they should drink of the cup that he was to drink of, and be baptized with the baptism that he was to be baptized with, Mt 20:23. Now the words of Christ were made good in him; and if we suffer with Christ, we shall reign with him. Herod imprisoned Peter: the way of persecution, as of other sins, is downhill; when men are in it, they cannot easily stop. Those make themselves an easy prey to Satan, who make it their business to please men. Thus James finished his course. But Peter, being designed for further services, was safe; though he seemed now marked out for a speedy sacrifice. We that live in a cold, prayerless generation, can hardly form an idea of the earnestness of these holy men of old. But if the Lord should bring on the church an awful persecution like this of Herod, the faithful in Christ would learn what soul-felt prayer is.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Put for stretched, A.V.; afflict for vex, A.V. The phrase, About that time, as in Acts 19:23, points to what had just before been related (Meyer). The interposition of the narrative in this chapter between Acts 11:20 and Acts 12:25 evidently implies that the bulk or rather the chief of the events narrated happened in the interval. Which of the events was the chief in the mind of the narrator with reference to his general narrative, and what are the coincidences which he wished to note, it is not easy to say with certainty. The narrative in this chapter doubtless overlaps at both ends the embassy of Paul and Barnabas, but perhaps the object was to show the harassed state of the Church from famine and persecution at the time that Paul and Barnabas were at Jerusalem. Herod the king here mentioned is Herod Agrippa I., grandson of Herod the Great, and son of Aristobulus and Bernice. During the reign of Tiberius he resided at Rome, in alternate favor and disgrace, sometimes banished, sometimes a prisoner, sometimes a guest at the imperial court. He was a great friend of Caius Caesar Caligula, and, on his succeeding to the empire on the death of Tiberius, was promoted by him to the tetrarchy of Herod Philip, with the title of king. He was further advanced three years afterwards to the tetrarchy of Herod Antipas; and, on the accession of Claudius to the throne, Judaea and Samaria were added to his dominions, which now comprised the whole kingdom of his grandfather, Herod the Great. Agrippa, in spite of his close intimacy with Drusus, Caligula, Claudius, and other Roman magnates, was "exactly careful in the observance of the laws of his country, not allowing a day to pass without its appointed sacrifice;" and he had given proof of his strong Jewish feeling by interposing his whole influence with Caligula to prevent his statue being placed in the holy of holies. This spirit accounts for his enmity against the Church. He was a man of very expensive and luxurious habits, but not without some great qualities.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now about that time,.... That the famine was in Judea, and Saul and Barnabas were sent thither with what the church at Antioch had collected.

Herod the king; not Herod the great that slew the infants at Bethlehem, nor Herod Antipas that beheaded John, but Herod Agrippa; and so the Syriac version adds here, "who is surnamed Agrippa"; he was a grandson of Herod the great, and the son of Aristobulus: this prince

stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church; Beza's ancient copy adds, "in Judea": it seems to be the church at Jerusalem; perhaps some of the principal members of them; and so the Ethiopic version renders it, the rulers of the house of God. It is scarcely credible that he should lay hands on any of them himself in person; but it is very likely he encouraged his soldiers, or his servants, to abuse them, reproach them, strike and buffet them, as they met with them in the streets; or when at worship, might disturb them, and break them up.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 12

Ac 12:1-19. Persecution of the Church by Herod Agrippa I—Martyrdom of James and Miraculous Deliverance of Peter.

1-3. Herod the king—grandson of Herod the Great, and son of Aristobulus. He at this time ruled over all his father's dominions. Paley has remarked the accuracy of the historian here. For thirty years before this there was no king at Jerusalem exercising supreme authority over Judea, nor was there ever afterwards, save during the three last years of Herod's life, within which the transactions occurred.

Acts 12:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
James Killed, Peter Imprisoned
1Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them. 2And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword.…
Cross References
Psalm 125:3
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.

Matthew 14:1
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus,

Matthew 14:3
Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,

Matthew 14:6
On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much

Acts 11:30
This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

Acts 12:2
He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.
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Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.

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Acts 4:30 By stretching forth your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders …

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and …

Luke 22:53 When I was daily with you in the temple, you stretched forth no hands …

to vex.

Matthew 10:17,18 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, …

Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: …

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater …

John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes, the time comes, that …

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