John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary

Verse 19 (Acts 12:19)

And when Herod had sought for him and found him not ,.... Neither in the prison, nor in any part of the city:

he examined the keepers ; of the prison, and those that were upon the watch, whether they had not been accessary to his escape:

and commanded that they should be put to death : or brought forth, not before a judge to be tried and judged, because they had been examined by Herod already; but either that they should be carried and laid in bonds, or be led forth to suffer punishment; and so our version directs, and which is confirmed by the Syriac; and the Greeks say F14 Harpocratian. Lex. p. 32. , that απαγωγη is a kind of punishment:

and he went down from Judea to Caesarea ; not Peter, but Herod:

and there abode ; of this journey of Agrippa's to Caesarea, Josephus makes mention F15 Antiqu. l. 19. c. 2. sect. 2. ; this place was distant from Jerusalem six hundred furlongs, or seventy five miles F16 De Bello Jud. l. 1. c. 3. sect. 5. .

- John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary