Acts 12:9
New International Version
Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.

New Living Translation
So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn't realize it was actually happening.

English Standard Version
And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.

Berean Study Bible
So Peter followed him out, but he was unaware that what the angel was doing was real. He only thought he was seeing a vision.

Berean Literal Bible
And having gone forth, he was following, and he did not know that what is happening by means of the angel is real, but he was thinking he saw a vision.

New American Standard Bible
And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.

King James Bible
And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

Christian Standard Bible
So he went out and followed, and he did not know that what the angel did was really happening, but he thought he was seeing a vision.

Contemporary English Version
Peter left with the angel, but he thought everything was only a dream.

Good News Translation
Peter followed him out of the prison, not knowing, however, if what the angel was doing was real; he thought he was seeing a vision.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So he went out and followed, and he did not know that what took place through the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.

International Standard Version
So Peter went out and began to follow him, not realizing that what was being done by the angel was real; he thought he was seeing a vision.

NET Bible
Peter went out and followed him; he did not realize that what was happening through the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.

New Heart English Bible
And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he saw a vision.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he went out and followed him while he did not know that this was real which was happening by the hand of The Angel, for he thought that he was seeing a vision.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Peter followed the angel out of the cell. He didn't realize that what the angel was doing was actually happening. He thought he was seeing a vision.

New American Standard 1977
And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he went out and followed him and knew not that it was true which was done by the angel, but thought he saw a vision.

King James 2000 Bible
And he went out, and followed him; and knew not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

American King James Version
And he went out, and followed him; and knew not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

American Standard Version
And he went out, and followed; and he knew not that it was true which was done by the angel, but thought he saw a vision.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And going out, he followed him, and he knew not that it was true which was done by the angel: but thought he saw a vision.

Darby Bible Translation
And going forth he followed [him] and did not know that what was happening by means of the angel was real, but supposed he saw a vision.

English Revised Version
And he went out, and followed; and he wist not that it was true which was done by the angel, but thought he saw a vision.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he went out, and followed him, and knew not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

Weymouth New Testament
So Peter went out, following him, yet could not believe that what the angel was doing was real, but supposed that he saw a vision.

World English Bible
And he went out and followed him. He didn't know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he saw a vision.

Young's Literal Translation
and having gone forth, he was following him, and he knew not that it is true that which is done through the messenger, and was thinking he saw a vision,
Study Bible
The Rescue of Peter
8“Get dressed and put on your sandals,” said the angel. Peter did so, and the angel told him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” 9So Peter followed him out, but he was unaware that what the angel was doing was real. He only thought he was seeing a vision. 10They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city, which opened for them by itself. When they had gone outside and walked the length of one block, the angel suddenly left him.…
Cross References
Psalm 126:1
When the LORD restored the captives of Zion, we were like dreamers.

Acts 9:10
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Here I am, Lord," he answered.

Acts 12:8
"Get dressed and put on your sandals," said the angel. Peter did so, and the angel told him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me."

Treasury of Scripture

And he went out, and followed him; and knew not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

he went.

Acts 26:19
Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

Genesis 6:22
Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

John 2:5
His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

wist not.

Acts 10:3,17
He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius…

Acts 11:5
I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:

Genesis 45:26
And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not.







Lexicon
[So]
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

[Peter] followed him
ἠκολούθει (ēkolouthei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 190: To accompany, attend, follow. Properly, to be in the same way with, i.e. To accompany.

out,
ἐξελθὼν (exelthōn)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1831: To go out, come out. From ek and erchomai; to issue.

[but]
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

he was unaware
ᾔδει (ēdei)
Verb - Pluperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

what
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter 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.

the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine 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.

angel
ἀγγέλου (angelou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 32: From aggello; a messenger; especially an 'angel'; by implication, a pastor.

was doing
γινόμενον (ginomenon)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

was
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present 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.

real.
ἀληθές (alēthes)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 227: Unconcealed, true, true in fact, worthy of credit, truthful. TRUE.

He only thought
ἐδόκει (edokei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1380: A prolonged form of a primary verb, doko dok'-o of the same meaning; to think; by implication, to seem.

he was seeing
βλέπειν (blepein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 991: (primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

a vision.
ὅραμα (horama)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3705: A spectacle, vision, that which is seen. From horao; something gazed at, i.e. A spectacle.
(9) And wist not that it was true . . .--The kind of introspective analysis of the Apostle's consciousness suggests the thought that he was himself, possibly through some intermediate channel, St. Luke's informant. As in the activity of somnambulism, the will directed the actions of the body, and yet was only half-conscious of what it did. It may be noted that his experience of the trance and vision narrated in Acts 10 would tend to suggest the impression that he was passing through phenomena of a like kind.

Verse 9. - Followed for followed him, A.V. and T.R.; he wist for wist, A.V. 12:6-11 A peaceful conscience, a lively hope, and the consolations of the Holy Spirit, can keep men calm in the full prospect of death; even those very persons who have been most distracted with terrors on that account. God's time to help, is when things are brought to the last extremity. Peter was assured that the Lord would cause this trial to end in the way that should be most for his glory. Those who are delivered out of spiritual imprisonment must follow their Deliverer, like the Israelites when they went out of the house of bondage. They knew not whither they went, but knew whom they followed. When God will work salvation for his people, all difficulties in their way will be overcome, even gates of iron are made to open of their own accord. This deliverance of Peter represents our redemption by Christ, which not only proclaims liberty to the captives, but brings them out of the prison-house. Peter, when he recollected himself, perceived what great things God had done for him. Thus souls delivered out of spiritual bondage, are not at first aware what God has wrought in them; many have the truth of grace, that want evidence of it. But when the Comforter comes, whom the Father will send, sooner or later, he will let them know what a blessed change is wrought.
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