Acts 12:5
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English Standard Version
So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

King James Bible
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

American Standard Version
Peter therefore was kept in the prison: but prayer was made earnestly of the church unto God for him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him.

English Revised Version
Peter therefore was kept in the prison: but prayer was made earnestly of the church unto God for him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing by the church to God for him.

Weymouth New Testament
So Peter was kept in prison; but long and fervent prayer was offered to God by the Church on his behalf.

Acts 12:5 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Without ceasing (ἐκτενὴς)

Wrong. The word means earnest. See on fervently, 1 Peter 1:22; and compare instantly, Acts 26:7; more earnestly, Luke 22:44; fervent, 1 Peter 4:8. The idea of continuance is, however, expressed here by the finite verb with the participle. Very literally, prayer was arising earnest.

Acts 12:5 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

prayer was made without ceasing, or, instant and earnest prayer was made.

Acts 12:12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark...

Isaiah 62:6,7 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: you that make mention of the LORD...

Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask...

Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

1 Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.

2 Corinthians 1:11 You also helping together by prayer for us...

Ephesians 6:18-20 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit...

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed...

Cross References
Acts 12:4
And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.

Acts 12:6
Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison.

Acts 12:12
When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.

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