Herod’s Violence to the Church

Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. 4 So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. — Acts 12:1-4.

Herod Agrippa persecutes the church. James, John’s brother, is killed by the sword and Peter is seized. This is during the Days of Unleavened Bread. Peter is securely guarded in prison after his arrest. Herod’s intention is to present him to the people after Passover.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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