Acts 12:1
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English Standard Version
About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.

King James Bible
Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.

American Standard Version
Now about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to afflict certain of the church.

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND at the same time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands, to afflict some of the church.

English Revised Version
Now about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to afflict certain of the church.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now about that time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands to afflict certain of the church.

Weymouth New Testament
Now, about that time, King Herod arrested certain members of the Church, in order to ill-treat them;

Acts 12:1 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

That time (ἐκεῖνον τὸν καιρὸν)

More correctly, that juncture. See on Acts 1:7. The date is A. D. 44.

Herod the king

Called also Agrippa, and commonly known as Herod Agrippa I., the grandson of Herod the Great.

Stretched forth his hands (ἐπέβαλεν τὰς χεῖρας)

Lit., laid on his hands. The A. V. is wrong, and so is the Rev. Render, laid hand, on certain of the church to afflict them.

Vex (κακῶσαι)

Vex is used in the older and stronger sense of torment or oppress. See Exodus 22:21; Numbers 25:17; Matthew 15:22. Its modern usage relates rather to petty annoyances. Rev., better, afflict.

Acts 12:1 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Cir. A.M.

4048

A.D.44
stretched forth his hands. or, began.

Acts 4:30 By stretching forth your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of your holy child Jesus.

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord...

Luke 22:53 When I was daily with you in the temple, you stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

to vex.

Matthew 10:17,18 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will whip you in their synagogues...

Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me...

John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes, the time comes, that whoever kills you will think that he does God service.

Cross References
Psalm 125:3
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong.

Matthew 14:1
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus,

Matthew 14:3
For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,

Matthew 14:6
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod,

Acts 11:30
And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

Acts 12:2
He killed James the brother of John with the sword,

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