Acts 12

Acts 12

James Is Killed and Peter Is Imprisoned

At near those days, a rather known harsh king
named ‘Herod’ & ‘Agrippa’ chose to fling
big persecutions at some deep believers
who kept the church a haven for few grievers;
he had John’s brother, the apostle James,
destroyed by swordwork – violence whose frames
& nexuses among some fervid Jews
caused Herod to achieve more hostile views
& rather soon to issue orders Peter
be so arrested nothing might seem neater
than massive killing; all of that occurred
while Passover was passing undeferred,
&, even though imprisoned vilely then,
brave Peter seemed the mightiest of men
as guards intensive that had been assigned
could not outshine events then intertwined.
Though Herod meant to mount some major trial
once Passover’s concluding quelled most guile
that seemed. on Peter’s part, to threaten him,
the church kept showing much enormous vim
by praying very earnestly in favor
of measures likely to be splendor’s saver.

Peter’s Miraculous Escape from Prison

The night before dear Peter’s scheduled trial,
he was profoundly sleeping for a while
& chained between two soldiers guarding him
as, near the prison gate & lank & trim,
stood other guards attentive toward a task
inimical to bidding breathing bask;
in Peter’s narrow cell quite suddenly,
some bright, bright light occurred & set quite free
the apparition of an angel sent
by Christ himself to proffer news well meant.
That angel tickled Peter on his side,
to wake him up, then said in tones unsnide:
“Quick! Rise from resting!” All at once, the chains
on Peter’s wrists dropped off & left no sprains;
the angel then instructed him, this way:
“Get dressed, & don your sandals, sans delay” –
which Peter did, & then the angel said,
commandingly: “Now feel no forms of dread
while putting on your coat and being ready
to follow me & find each moment steady!”
So, Peter gladly exited his cell
while following that angel nigh pell-mell;
yet, ceaselessly he deemed the scene a vision,
a cause, perhaps, for merest self-derision.
He stubbornly refused to be in touch
with anything that let events show much.
The two of them (that angel & that man)
proceeded past two guard posts as if plan
plus further plan had aided all of motion;
the iron city gate feigned rich devotion
by seemingly by magic opening
all by itself; &, once that venturing
of striding forms had opened onto streets,
the angel vanished, causing sundry beats
of Peter’s heartiness to bend & seem
more able to distinguish facts from dream.
Yes, Peter was, at last, endowed with feeling
that nicely recognized much honest dealing;
he said: “Ah, really, now I firmly see
that that sweet angel thrived so wondrously
the Lord indeed had sent him to lend help
against King Herod’s plotting like some whelp
&, also, for clear purposes intended
to let few Jewish leaders feel befriended
as they had hard, harsh plans that soon, or sooner,
would crush me into matter strangely lunar!”
Such realizings then fully part of him,
he had the vast alacrity & vim
to wend his way directly toward the home
of John Mark’s mother, Mary -- quasi-dome
wherein were gathered many ardent folk
engaged in prayer; &, once the mere firm stroke
of Peter’s knock against that building’s door
was heard within, some servant girl who bore
the name of ‘Rhoda’ neared that door & seemed
quite stunned & overjoyed; in fact, she screamed,
on hearing Peter’s voice’s special sound,
& still not having fully come around
to answering his knock: “That great man Peter
stands at the door – so, life may be much sweeter!”
“You’ve lost your mind, girl!” certain tongues cried out;
yet, she insisted -- which renewed much doubt -- ,
&, very soon, a rather wide opinion
seemed sure great Peter’s angel, or (say) minion,
was really at that door; his knocking, though,
continued, meanwhile, till at last the glow
of his full forms of actuality
seemed clear when that same door quite suddenly
was opened & amazement gripped all hearts
aspiring to discover truth’s true parts.
He motioned for them all to quiet down,
then told them how the Lord saw fit to crown
his prison moments with such miracles
as neatly free mere individuals.
“Tell James & other brothers what occurred,”
said Peter, sweetly tuning every word;
& then he left, to visit other places.
At near the hour dawn came to light worlds’ faces,
commotions rose among some soldiers who
stayed mystified regarding the to-do
that led to Peter’s wondrous disappearance;
King Herod ordered modes of strict adherence
to methods that seemed sure to form a search
that soon should show his whereabouts; yet, smirch
& stain, plus other utter underminings,
so hurt that searching process, large opinings
(once Herod leveled loud & lengthy questions)
brought sentences devoid of soft suggestions
& absolutely dealing total death
to guards who failed to stifle Peter’s breath;
then Herod left Judea for a while,
to bask in old Caesarea’s warm smile.

The Death of Herod Agrippa

He, Herod, felt quite wrathful toward the folk
of Tyre & Sidon, & that served to stoke
those populaces into feeling full
of needs to push his anger toward some lull;
strong delegations those two cities sent,
in mighty hopes his ire would soon relent,
since Herod’s country long had been a source
of many foods that kept their lives on course.
One ‘Blastus,’ who was Herod’s main assistant,
those special envoys turned so unresistant
he made for them an opportunity
to speak with Herod very seriously;
& on the day appointed for that meeting
(with Herod richly robed, as if competing
with every heavenly light), he firmly sat
upon his throne so proudly something pat
seemed in the likelihood, & fact, his speech
would not resemble any awkward screech.
His total entourage & other hearers
were quick to be quite absolute nonjeerers –
nay, all together (as if hypnotized),
to give him an ovation which comprised
such shouting as: “That voice must be the voice
of no mere man, but of some god quite choice!”
An angel of the Lord then, instantly,
struck Herod with some huge infirmity
apparently a siege of noxious worms
definable in deeply gruesome terms,
because he had accepted men’s applauses
instead of crediting God’s splendid causes;
&, thus, he was so sickened he soon perished.
Meanwhile, the word of God was further cherished,
& many new believers served as provers
of His vast strength; the human major movers
brave Barnabas & Saul eventually
had lent Jerusalem a sort of glee
profoundly reverent, & on that basis
went home again as part of some new stasis.
John Mark they very gladly took with them,
as he seemed part of any diadem.

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