Acts 12:13
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New International Version
Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door.

New Living Translation
He knocked at the door in the gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to open it.

English Standard Version
And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer.

Berean Study Bible
He knocked at the outer gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer it.

Berean Literal Bible
And of him having knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer.

New American Standard Bible
When he knocked at the door of the gate, a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer.

King James Bible
And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He knocked at the door in the gateway, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer.

International Standard Version
When he knocked at the outer gate, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer it.

NET Bible
When he knocked at the door of the outer gate, a slave girl named Rhoda answered.

New Heart English Bible
And when Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he knocked at the door of the courtyard and a girl went out to answer it whose name was Rhoda.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Peter knocked on the door of the entryway, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer.

New American Standard 1977
And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And as Peter knocked at the door of the patio, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

King James 2000 Bible
And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a maid came to answer, named Rhoda.

American King James Version
And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to listen, named Rhoda.

American Standard Version
And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a maid came to answer, named Rhoda.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, whose name was Rhode.

Darby Bible Translation
And when he had knocked at the door of the entry, a maid came to listen, by name Rhoda;

English Revised Version
And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a maid came to answer, named Rhoda.

Webster's Bible Translation
And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

Weymouth New Testament
When he knocked at the wicket in the door, a maidservant named Rhoda came to answer the knock;

World English Bible
When Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer.

Young's Literal Translation
And Peter having knocked at the door of the porch, there came a damsel to hearken, by name Rhoda,
Study Bible
The Rescue of Peter
12And when he had realized this, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people were gathered together praying. 13He knocked at the outer gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer it. 14When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that she forgot to open the gate, but ran inside and announced, “Peter is standing at the gate!”…
Cross References
Matthew 26:71
When Peter had gone out to the gateway, another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth."

John 18:16
But Peter stood outside at the door. Then the disciple who was known to the high priest went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in.

John 18:17
At this, the servant girl watching the door said to Peter, "Aren't you also one of this man's disciples?" "I am not," he answered.
Treasury of Scripture

And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to listen, named Rhoda.

knocked.

Acts 12:16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, …

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the …

hearken. or, ask who was there.

(13) A damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.--The mention of the name of the slave indicates St. Luke's care in ascertaining details, as far as his opportunities allowed. The office of opening the door to strangers was commonly assigned, as in the case even of the high priest's palace (Matthew 26:69; Matthew 26:71), to a female slave. The name, which means "a rose," is of the same class as Tamar = a palm tree; Deborah = a bee; Margarita = a pearl; Dorcas = an antelope.

Verse 13. - When he for as Peter, A.V. and T.R.; maid for damsel, A.V.; to answer for to hearken, A.V. (ὑπακοῦσαι). The door of the gate (see Acts 10:17, note). To hearken or listen seems the best rendering. It is the phrase proper to a doorkeeper, whoso business it is to go to the door and listen when any one knocks, and find out what their business is before opening the door. This is the primary sense of the word; that of answering after listening is a secondary sense. At a time of such alarm to Christians a knock at the door in the dead of the night would carry terror with it, and careful listening to ascertain whether there was more than one person, and then to ask who was there and what was his business, was the natural course. And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, &c. The lesser door in the great gate, or the door of the porch through which they entered into the house. So the Jews distinguish between "the door", and "the gate"; see Judges 18:16 where the Septuagint use the same words as here. Kimchi (h) says,

"xtp, "the door" is what is of the gate, without the folding doors; for all is called "the gate", whether within or without, with the folding doors, and the outward threshold, as that is joined to the side posts and lintel.''

The door was kept shut, for fear of the Jews, lest they should be disturbed: here Peter stood and knocked:

a damsel came to hearken; hearing a knocking, she came out to the door, and listened, to try if she could know who it was, a friend or a foe, before she opened; or she came "to answer", as the Syriac version renders it, to know who was there, and what he or she wanted, and to give an answer. And the damsel was

named Rhoda, which signifies a rose in the Greek language: so the Jewish women often had their names, in the Hebrew tongue, from flowers and trees, as Susanna from a lily, or rose: and which, perhaps, was the Hebrew name of this damsel; and Esther was called Hadassah, from the myrtle tree.

(h) Sepher Shorash. rad. 13. came to hearken—not to open; for neither was it a time nor an hour of night for that, but to listen who was there.12:12-19 God's providence leaves room for the use of our prudence, though he has undertaken to perform and perfect what he has begun. These Christians continued in prayer for Peter, for they were truly in earnest. Thus men ought always to pray, and not to faint. As long as we are kept waiting for a mercy, we must continue praying for it. But sometimes that which we most earnestly wish for, we are most backward to believe. The Christian law of self-denial and of suffering for Christ, has not done away the natural law of caring for our own safety by lawful means. In times of public danger, all believers have God for their hiding-place; which is so secret, that the world cannot find them. Also, the instruments of persecution are themselves exposed to danger; the wrath of God hangs over all that engage in this hateful work. And the range of persecutors often vents itself on all in its way.
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