Peter tells them what happened (Acts 12:17)

“Peter motioned

To them

With his hand

To be silent.

He described

For them

How the Lord

Had brought him out

Of the prison.

He added.

‘Tell this to James

And to the brethren.’

Then he departed.

He went to another place.”

κατασείσας δὲ αὐτοῖς τῇ χειρὶ σιγᾶν διηγήσατο αὐτοῖς πῶς ὁ Κύριος αὐτὸν ἐξήγαγεν ἐκ τῆς φυλακῆς, εἶπέν τε Ἀπαγγείλατε Ἰακώβῳ καὶ τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς ταῦτα. καὶ ἐξελθὼν ἐπορεύθη εἰς ἕτερον τόπον.

The author of Acts indicated that Peter motioned (κατασείσας) to them (δὲ αὐτοῖς) with his hand (τῇ χειρὶ) to be silent (σιγᾶν).  He then described (διηγήσατο) for them (αὐτοῖς) how the Lord (πῶς ὁ Κύριος) had brought him (αὐτὸν ἐξήγαγεν) out of the prison (ἐκ τῆς φυλακῆς).  He added (εἶπέν τε) that they were to tell this (Ἀπαγγείλατε) to James (Ἰακώβῳ) and the other brothers (καὶ τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς ταῦτα).  Then he departed (καὶ ἐξελθὼν) as he went (ἐπορεύθη) to another unspecified place (εἰς ἕτερον τόπον).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word κατασείσας, that means to shake a hand up and down or wave for silence.  Peter told them to be silent.  Then he explained how the Lord had helped him to escape from prison.  There was no explicit mention of this angel of the Lord that helped him.  He wanted them to report this to James and the other brother apostles about what had happened to him.  Then Peter left them, without saying where he was going.  Where did he go?  He may have gone to Rome, Antioch, or later returned to Jerusalem at some point.  However, the author of Acts did not follow up on his exact whereabouts, while he had been very specific here.  Does it matter to you where Peter went?

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