Acts 12:21
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English Standard Version
On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them.

King James Bible
And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.

American Standard Version
And upon a set day Herod arrayed himself in royal apparel, and sat on the throne, and made an oration unto them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And upon a day appointed, Herod being arrayed in kingly apparel, sat in the judgment seat, and made an oration to them.

English Revised Version
And upon a set day Herod arrayed himself in royal apparel, and sat on the throne, and made an oration unto them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And upon a set day, Herod arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration to them.

Weymouth New Testament
So, on an appointed day, Herod, having arrayed himself in royal robes, took his seat on the tribunal, and was haranguing them;

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Vincent's Word Studies

Set (τακτῇ)

Appointed. Only here in New Testament. What the festival was, is uncertain. According to some, it was in honor of the emperor's safe return from Britain. Others think it was to celebrate the birthday of Claudius; others that it was the festival of the Quinquennalia, observed in honor of Augustus, and dating from the taking of Alexandria, when the month Sextilis received the name of the Emperor - August.

Arrayed (ἐνδυσάμενος)

More literally, having arrayed himself.

Royal apparel

Josephus says he was clothed in a robe entirely made of silver.

Throne

See on Acts 7:5. The elevated seat or throne-like box in the theatre, set apart for the king, from which he might look at the games or address the assembly.

Made an oration (ἐδημηγόρει)

Only here in New Testament. The word is used especially of a popular harangue (δῆμος, the commons). "At Jerusalem Agrippa enacted the Jew, with solemn gait and tragic countenance, amidst general acclamation; but at Caesarea he allowed the more genial part of a Greek to be imposed on him. It was at a festival in this Hellenic capital, after an harangue he had addressed to the populace, that they shouted, "It is the voice of a god and not of a man" (Merivale, "History of the Romans under the Empire").

Acts 12:21 Parallel Commentaries

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Acts 12:20 Now he was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king's chamberlain, they were asking for peace, because their country was fed by the king's country.

Acts 12:22 The people kept crying out, "The voice of a god and not of a man!"

Cross References
Matthew 27:19
Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, "Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream."

Acts 12:20
Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, and they came to him with one accord, and having persuaded Blastus, the king's chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king's country for food.

Acts 12:22
And the people were shouting, "The voice of a god, and not of a man!"

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