Acts 12:5
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New International Version
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

New Living Translation
But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.

English Standard Version
So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

New American Standard Bible
So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.

King James Bible
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Peter was kept in prison, but prayer was being made earnestly to God for him by the church.

International Standard Version
So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer to God for him was being offered by the assembly.

NET Bible
So Peter was kept in prison, but those in the church were earnestly praying to God for him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And while Shimeon was guarded in prison, continual prayer was offered by the church for him to God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was praying very hard to God for him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Peter therefore was kept in the prison, and the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} made prayer without unto God for him.

King James 2000 Bible
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

American King James Version
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church to God for him.

American Standard Version
Peter therefore was kept in the prison: but prayer was made earnestly of the church unto God for him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him.

Darby Bible Translation
Peter therefore was kept in the prison; but unceasing prayer was made by the assembly to God concerning him.

English Revised Version
Peter therefore was kept in the prison: but prayer was made earnestly of the church unto God for him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing by the church to God for him.

Weymouth New Testament
So Peter was kept in prison; but long and fervent prayer was offered to God by the Church on his behalf.

World English Bible
Peter therefore was kept in the prison, but constant prayer was made by the assembly to God for him.

Young's Literal Translation
Peter, therefore, indeed, was kept in the prison, and fervent prayer was being made by the assembly unto God for him,
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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 5. - The prison for prison, A.V.; earnestly for without ceasing, A.V. (ἐκτενὴς, or as in the R.T. ἐκτενῶς, has the sense of intensity rather than duration; see Luke 22:14, T.R.; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 Peter 4:8). As the last of the days of unleavened bread approached, the prayers of the Church would be more and more intense in their earnestness. We have but to read the preceding chapters to judge how precious to the Church the life of Peter must have been.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Peter therefore was kept in prison,.... Till the feast of the passover was at an end:

but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him; this was not done by them as a body together, but either by them in several bands at different places, or by some of the principal of the church at some one certain place, and where they might frequently change companies, and keep on a continual incessant prayer for days together; and whereas it is very likely it might be at the beginning of the passover, when Peter was taken up, and it was now at the close of it, when he was delivered, the church might be engaged by companies alternately, a whole week together, in prayer, on this occasion.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5, 6. prayer was made without ceasing—rather, "instant," "earnest," "urgent" (Margin); as in Lu 22:44; Ac 26:7; and 1Pe 4:8 (see Greek).

of the church unto God for him—not in public assembly, for it was evidently not safe to meet thus; but in little groups in private houses, one of which was Mary's (Ac 12:12). And this was kept up during all the days of unleavened bread.

Acts 12:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Peter Rescued
5So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God. 6On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison.…
Cross References
Acts 12:4
After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

Acts 12:6
The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.

Acts 12:12
When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.
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Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church to God for him.

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