Herod had the guards killed (Acts 12:19)

“When King Herod

Had searched

For Peter,

He could not find him.

He examined the guards.

He ordered them

To be put to death.

Then he went down

From Judea

To Caesarea.

He remained there.”

Ἡρῴδης δὲ ἐπιζητήσας αὐτὸν καὶ μὴ εὑρὼν, ἀνακρίνας τοὺς φύλακας ἐκέλευσεν ἀπαχθῆναι, καὶ κατελθὼν ἀπὸ τῆς Ἰουδαίας εἰς Καισάριαν διέτριβεν.

The author of Acts indicated that when King Herod Agrippa I (Ἡρῴδης δὲ) had searched for Peter (ἐπιζητήσας αὐτὸν), and could not find him (καὶ μὴ εὑρὼν), he examined (ἀνακρίνας) the guards (τοὺς φύλακας).  He ordered (ἐκέλευσεν) them to be led away (ἀπαχθῆναι) to death.  Then he went down (καὶ κατελθὼν) from Judea (ἀπὸ τῆς Ἰουδαίας) to Caesarea (εἰς Καισάριαν).  He remained or stayed there (διέτριβεν).  Under Roman law, prison guards were subject to a severe punishment if prisoners got away from them while they were under their control.  However, this text had King Herod Agrippa I leave for Caesarea right away to get away from this problem. Would you be upset if a prisoner had escaped?

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