Acts 12:5
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.

Berean Study Bible
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was fervently praying to God for him.

Berean Literal Bible
So indeed Peter was kept in the prison, but fervent prayer was being made to God by the church concerning him.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was praying fervently to God for him.

Contemporary English Version
While Peter was being kept in jail, the church never stopped praying to God for him.

Good News Translation
So Peter was kept in jail, but the people of the church were praying earnestly to 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.

New Heart English Bible
Peter therefore was kept in the prison, but constant prayer was made by the church 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.

New American Standard 1977
So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.

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,
Study Bible
The Rescue of Peter
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. 5So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was fervently praying to God for him. 6On the night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, with sentries standing guard at the entrance to the prison.…
Cross References
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 12:6
On the night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, with sentries standing guard at the entrance to the prison.

Acts 12:12
And 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.

Treasury of Scripture

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

Acts 12:12
And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

Isaiah 62:6,7
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, …

Matthew 18:19
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.







Lexicon
So
οὖν (oun)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3767: Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

Peter
Πέτρος (Petros)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4074: Peter, a Greek name meaning rock. Apparently a primary word; a rock; as a name, Petrus, an apostle.

was kept
ἐτηρεῖτο (etēreito)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5083: From teros; to guard, i.e. To note; by implication, to detain; by extension, to withhold; by extension, to withhold.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

prison,
φυλακῇ (phylakē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5438: From phulasso; a guarding or, the act, the person; figuratively, the place, the condition, or, the time, literally or figuratively.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

church
ἐκκλησίας (ekklēsias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1577: From a compound of ek and a derivative of kaleo; a calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.

was
ἦν (ēn)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

fervently
ἐκτενῶς (ektenōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 1619: Earnestly, strenuously, fervently. Adverb from ektenes; intently.

praying
προσευχὴ (proseuchē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4335: From proseuchomai; prayer; by implication, an oratory.

to
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

God
Θεὸν (Theon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

for
περὶ (peri)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4012: From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

him.
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
(5) Prayer was made without ceasing.--The adjective is rendered by "fervent" in 1Peter 4:8, and implies, as in the marginal reading, intensity as well as continuity. The words imply that the members of the Church continued, in spite of the persecution, to meet as usual, probably, as in Acts 12:12, in the house of Mary, the mother of Mark.

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. 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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