Herod’s Violent Death

Now Herod had been very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; but they came to him with one accord, and having made Blastus the king’s personal aide their friend, they asked for peace, because their country was supplied with food by the king’s country.

21 So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. 22 And the people kept shouting, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” 23 Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.

24 But the word of God grew and multiplied. — Acts 12:20-24.

Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. They befriend Blastus, the king’s personal aide and approach Herod seeking peace because their country is dependent on the king’s country for food.

On an appointed day Herod gives them a speech. They flatter him by shouting he is a god. Herod is struck immediately by an angel of the Lord, because he does not give the glory to God. He is eaten by worms and dies.

The word of God grows and multiplies.

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

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