12:22 But the crowd 4 began to shout, 5 “The voice of a god, 6 and not of a man!” 12:23 Immediately an angel of the Lord 7 struck 8 Herod 9 down because he did not give the glory to God, and he was eaten by worms and died. 10 12:24 But the word of God 11 kept on increasing 12 and multiplying.
1 sn King Herod was Herod Agrippa I, the grandson of Herod I (Herod the Great). His mediocre career is summarized in Josephus, Ant. 18-19. This event took place in
2 tn Or “King Herod had some from the church arrested.”
3 tn Or “to cause them injury.”
4 tn The translation “crowd” is given by BDAG 223 s.v. δῆμος; the word often means a gathering of citizens to conduct public business. Here it is simply the group of people gathered to hear the king’s speech.
5 tn The imperfect verb ἐπεφώνει (epefwnei) is taken ingressively in the sequence of events. Presumably the king had started his speech when the crowd began shouting.
9 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Herod) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
10 sn He was eaten by worms and died. Josephus, Ant. 19.8.2 (19.343-352), states that Herod Agrippa I died at Caesarea in
11 sn A metonymy for the number of adherents to God’s word.
12 tn Or “spreading.”