Acts 12:3
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New International Version
When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread.

New Living Translation
When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter. (This took place during the Passover celebration.)

English Standard Version
and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.

Berean Study Bible
Seeing that this pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Berean Literal Bible
And having seen that it is pleasing to the Jews, he proceeded to take Peter also--now these were the days of the Unleavened Bread--

New American Standard Bible
When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now it was during the days of Unleavened Bread.

King James Bible
And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter too, during the days of Unleavened Bread.

International Standard Version
When he saw how this was agreeable to the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter, too. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread.

NET Bible
When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter too. (This took place during the feast of Unleavened Bread.)

New Heart English Bible
When he saw that it pleased the Jewish people, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This was during the days of unleavened bread.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when he saw this pleased the Judeans, he proceeded to seize also Shimeon Kaypha, and they were the days of Unleavened Bread.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he saw how this pleased the Jews, he arrested Peter too. This happened during the days of Unleavened Bread.

New American Standard 1977
And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now it was during the days of Unleavened Bread.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

King James 2000 Bible
And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

American King James Version
And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

American Standard Version
And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. And those were the days of unleavened bread.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take up Peter also. Now it was in the days of the Azymes.

Darby Bible Translation
And seeing that it was pleasing to the Jews, he went on to take Peter also: (and they were the days of unleavened bread:)

English Revised Version
And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. And those were the days of unleavened bread.

Webster's Bible Translation
And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. Then were the days of unleavened bread.

Weymouth New Testament
Finding that this gratified the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also; these being the days of Unleavened Bread.

World English Bible
When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This was during the days of unleavened bread.

Young's Literal Translation
and having seen that it is pleasing to the Jews, he added to lay hold of Peter also -- and they were the days of the unleavened food --
Study Bible
James Killed, Peter Imprisoned
2He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3Seeing that this pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 4He arrested him and put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out to the people after the Passover.…
Cross References
Exodus 12:15
'Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.

Exodus 23:15
"You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days you are to eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the appointed time in the month Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. And none shall appear before Me empty-handed.

Acts 12:4
He arrested him and put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out to the people after the Passover.

Acts 20:6
And after the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we sailed from Philippi, and five days later we rejoined them in Troas, where we stayed seven days.

Acts 24:27
After two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.

Acts 25:9
But Festus, wanting to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem to stand trial before me on these charges?"
Treasury of Scripture

And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

he saw.

Acts 24:27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, …

Acts 25:9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and …

John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for …

1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, …

he proceeded.

Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and …

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that …

Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you: the remainder of wrath …

John 19:11 Jesus answered, You could have no power at all against me, except …

John 21:18 Truly, truly, I say to you, When you were young, you gird yourself, …

Then.

Exodus 12:14-20 And this day shall be to you for a memorial; and you shall keep it …

Exodus 13:3-7 And Moses said to the people, Remember this day, in which you came …

Exodus 23:15 You shall keep the feast of unleavened bread: (you shall eat unleavened …

Leviticus 23:6-14 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened …

Matthew 26:17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples …

1 Corinthians 5:7,8 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as …

(3) Because he saw it pleased the Jews.--This was throughout the ruling policy of the Herodian house. The persecution did not spring from any fanatic zeal against the new faith, but simply from motives of political expediency. A somewhat touching incident is recorded, illustrating the king's sensitiveness to popular praise or blame. It was at the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Law was read, and he heard the words of Deuteronomy 17:15 : "Thou shalt not set a stranger over thee," and he burst into tears at the thought of his own Iduman descent. The people saw him weeping, and cried out: "Trouble not thyself, Agrippa; thou also art our brother," and the king's heart was comforted (Jost, Gesch. des Judenthums, I., p. 420).

Then were the days of unleavened bread.--The crowds of Hellenistic and other Jews who were gathered to keep the feast at Jerusalem naturally made this a favourable opportunity for courting the favour of the people. A tradition recorded by St. Jerome states that St. James was beheaded on the 15th of Nisan, i.e., on the same day as that of the Crucifixion. Peter was arrested probably at the same time; but the trial and execution were deferred till the seven days of the feast were over.

Verse 3. - When for because, A.V.; that it pleased for it pleased, A.V.; proceeded for proceeded further, A.V.; seize for take, A.V. ; and those for then, A.V. He proceeded to seize (προσέθετο συλλαβεῖν) is a Hebraism. This trait of his pleasing the Jews is in exact accordance with Josephus's description of him, as τῷ βιοῦν ἐν αὐφημίᾳ χαίρων, loving popularity, and as being very kind and sympathizing with the Jewish people, and liking to live much at Jerusalem ('Ant. Jud.' 19.7.3). The days of unleavened bread; i.e. as expressed by Luke 22:1, "The Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover." It lasted seven days (Exodus 12:15-18), from the 14th to the 21st of Nisan, or Abib (Exodus 12:18-20; Leviticus 23:5, 6; Deuteronomy 16:1-4), the Passover being eaten on the night of the 14th. And because he saw it pleased the Jews,.... That is, as Beza's ancient copy adds, "his stretching out his hands upon the faithful"; this pleased the Jews, a bloodthirsty generation of men, who had killed the prophets, and the Lord Jesus, and who were now greedy after the death of the apostles: it may easily be seen from what principle and spirit Herod acted; it was not out of regard to the Jewish religion, rites, and ceremonies, but to ingratiate himself into the affections of the people:

he proceeded further to take Peter also; a principal apostle, and who was well known, and against whom the Jews had doubtless a particular antipathy, and would have been glad to have been rid of him; this Herod was, sensible of, and therefore to please them, ordered him to be taken up:

then were the days of unleavened bread; or the feast of the passover. 3. because he saw it pleased the Jews—Popularity was the ruling passion of this Herod, not naturally so cruel as some of the family [Josephus, Antiquities, 19.7.3].

to take Peter also—whose loss, at this stage of the Church, would have been, so far as we can see, irreparable.

Then were the days of unleavened bread—seven in number, during which, after killing and eating the Passover, no leaven was allowed in Jewish houses (Ex 12:15, 19).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.
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