Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 12:18-25
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 12:18-25. These verses describe events after Peter’s escape from prison. God strikes Herod dead.

Acts 12

Story of Peter ends.

Verses 18-19

¶ "At break of day, there was consternation among the soldiers about what had become of Peter. Herod made a search for him, but didn't find him, so then he examined the guards, and commanded that they be executed. Herod then went down from Judea to Caesarea, and spent time there." (Acts 12:18-19).

King Herod Struck Dead

Verses 20-23

¶ "Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. Their country depended on the king's country for food, so they came to him with a united front to make peace —they'd been able to win over Blastus, the king's personal aide. On an appointed day, Herod dressed himself in royal clothing, sat on the throne, and made a speech to them. The people shouted, “The voice of God, and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he didn't give God the glory. He was eaten by worms and died." (Acts 12:20-23).

Map Cyprus and Persia

Verses 24-25

¶ "But the word of God grew and multiplied. Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their service, also taking with them John whose surname was Mark." (Acts 12:24-25).


With this progress report (Acts 12:24-25) Luke concludes his description of the spread of Christianity into the coastlands including Joppa, and up to Syrian Antioch. It begins with the establishment of a church in Antioch, describes the work and adventures of Peter, and includes the conversion of Cornelius (Acts 6:8 to 9:31). In the fourth section we will see Christianity spread into Cyprus and areas south of Galatia as Paul completes his first missionary journey.

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