Acts 12:23

“And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And immediatly the Angel of the Lord smote him, because hee gaue not God the glory, and hee was eaten of wormes, and gaue vp the ghost.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And straight away the angel of the Lord sent a disease on him, because he did not give the glory to God: and his flesh was wasted away by worms, and so he came to his end.
- Basic English Bible

And immediately an angel of [the] Lord smote him, because he did not give the glory to God, and he expired, eaten of worms.
- Darby Bible

And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten by worms, and died.
- Webster's Bible

Instantly an angel of the Lord struck him, because he had not given the glory to God, and being eaten up by worms, he died.
- Weymouth Bible

Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he didn't give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.
- World English Bible

And anoon an aungel of the Lord smoot hym, for he hadde not youun onour to God; and he was wastid of wormes, and diede.
- Wycliffe Bible

and presently there smote him a messenger of the Lord, because he did not give the glory to God, and having been eaten of worms, he expired.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 12:23


12:23 And immediately - God does not delay to vindicate his injured honour; an angel of the Lord smote him - Of this other historians say nothing: so wide a difference there is between Divine and human history! An angel of the Lord brought out Peter; an angel smote Herod. Men did not see the instruments in either case. These were only known to the people of God. Because he gave not glory to God - He willingly received it to himself, and by this sacrilege filled up the measure of his iniquities. So then vengeance tarried not. And he was eaten by worms, or vermin - How changed! And on the fifth day expired in exquisite torture. Such was the event! The persecutor perished, and the Gospel grew and multiplied.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 12:23


Ac 12:23 The angel of the Lord smote him. Josephus says he lingered five days in great agony. This harmonizes with Luke's account. He was eaten of worms. Josephus says he was taken with abdominal pains; Luke explains the cause. The disease is by no means unknown. Many cases of death from the same cause are on record. Among others the Emperor Galerius, the predecessor of Constantine the Great, so died.

Discussion for Acts 12:23

  • Larry Davis for verse 23
    The Holy Spirit doesn't use His Word in a casual manner...i.e., saying one thing while meaning something different. So when the Holy Spirit uses Luke to write His Word in Acts (specifically Acts 12:23) and says, Immediately, then I would hesitate to imply any length of time attributed to Herod giving up the ghost. For not only are you challenging the accuracy of Holy Scriptures, but worse you are in peril of adding to or taking away that which has been given by the Holy Spirit; and stand accursed before God.
  • Sfowler for verse 23
    Does the Bible say that he suffered 5 days in torment before he died
  • First time i ever read this. God lets people know when they are hindering His message they will be destroyed .herod was an exaple for ohters to consider how they must respect God and His Word . amen

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