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New Defender's Study Bible Notes
12:23 angel of the Lord. This could well have been the same “angel of the Lord” who delivered Peter from Herod’s prison (Acts 12:7).
12:23 gave not God the glory. According to Josephus, Herod arrayed himself in shining silver apparel, making himself look like some heavenly being. When he accepted the ascription of divinity to himself by the self-serving Phoenicians, God slew him. Josephus describes his last days while he was dying as exceedingly painful.