Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him up, saying, "Get up quickly." And the chains fell off his wrists.
Cross ReferencesPsalm 68:6
God settles the lonely in families; He leads the prisoners out to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke away their chains.
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD after Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had released him at Ramah, having found him bound in chains among all the captives of Jerusalem and Judah who were being exiled to Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar declared, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him. They violated the king's command and risked their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up!" he said. "Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the Child to kill Him."
Just then, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
While they were puzzling over this, suddenly two men in radiant apparel stood beside them.
But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out, saying,
"Get dressed and put on your sandals," said the angel. Peter did so, and the angel told him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me."
Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. At once all the doors flew open, and everyone's chains came loose.
Chapter Outline1. King Herod persecutes the Christians, kills James, and imprisons Peter;
6. whom an angel delivers upon the prayers of the church.
20. Herod in his pride taking to himself the honor due to God,
23. is stricken by an angel, and dies miserably.
24. After his death, the word of God prospers.
25. Saul and Barnabas return to Antioch.
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Acts 27:23, 24
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Psalm 37:32, 33
2 Samuel 22:29
Habakkuk 3:4, 11
Genesis 19:15, 16
Psalm 142:6, 7
Daniel 3:24, 25
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