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Acts 12:5

    Acts 12:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church to God for him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So Peter was kept in prison: but the church made strong prayer to God for him.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    Peter therefore was kept in the prison, but constant prayer was made by the assembly to God for him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Acts 12:5

    Church - Assembly of "called out" ones.
    Without - Outside.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 12:5

    Prayer was made without ceasing - The Greek word εκτενης signifies both fervor and earnestness, as well as perseverance. These prayers of the Church produced that miraculous interference mentioned below, and without which Peter could not have thus escaped from the hands of this ruthless king.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 12:5

    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.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 12:5

    12:5 Continual prayer was made for him - Yet when their prayer was answered, they could scarce believe it, Ac 12:15. But why had they not prayed for St. James also? Because he was put to death as soon as apprehended.