Acts 12:20-25

Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. 20 He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply.

21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

24 But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.

25 When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from[a] Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.

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One response to “Acts 12:20-25

  1. I wonder if his being struck down was part of the Word of God continuing to spread and to flourish, or is this is just a product of translation.

    Herod was the key to the people of this region continuing to be fed. His arranging food for their country, during this famine, kept them alive. Yet they didn’t acknowledge God as the supplier, and Herod took their praise as him being a god, and he was struck down and died.

    Josephus confirms this in his separate account of the Jewish history and identifies the angel that Herod saw as having the form of an owl.

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