New American Standard Bible
So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.
King James Bible
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
Darby Bible Translation
Peter therefore was kept in the prison; but unceasing prayer was made by the assembly to God concerning him.
World English Bible
Peter therefore was kept in the prison, but constant prayer was made by the assembly to God for him.
Young's Literal Translation
Peter, therefore, indeed, was kept in the prison, and fervent prayer was being made by the assembly unto God for him,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But prayer was made - The church was apprised of his imprisonment and danger, and had no resource but to apply to God by prayer. In scenes of danger there is no other refuge; and the result shows that even in most discouraging circumstances God can hear prayer. Nothing scarcely could appear more hopeless than the idea of rescuing Peter out of the hands of Herod, and out of the prison, and out of the custody of sixteen men, by prayer. But the prayer of faith Was prevalent with God.
Without ceasing - Intense, steady, ardent prayer. The word used here ἐκτενής ektenēs is found in only one other place in the New Testament, 1 Peter 4:8, "Have fervent charity among yourselves." The word has rather the idea that their prayer was earnest and fervent than that it was constant.
Of the church - By the church.
'And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent His angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.'--ACTS xii. 11. Where did Luke get his information of Peter's thoughts in that hour? This verse sounds like first-hand knowledge. Not impossibly John Mark may have been his informant, for we know that both were in Rome together at a later period. In any case, it is clear that, through whatever …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
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When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people.
On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison.
And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.
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