Acts 12:2
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New International Version
He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.

New Living Translation
He had the apostle James (John's brother) killed with a sword.

English Standard Version
He killed James the brother of John with the sword,

New American Standard Bible
And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword.

King James Bible
And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and he killed James, John's brother, with the sword.

International Standard Version
He even had James, the brother of John, killed with a sword.

NET Bible
He had James, the brother of John, executed with a sword.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he murdered Yaqob the brother of Yohannan with the sword.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He had James, the brother of John, executed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

King James 2000 Bible
And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

American King James Version
And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

American Standard Version
And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.

Darby Bible Translation
and slew James, the brother of John, with the sword.

English Revised Version
And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

Weymouth New Testament
and James, John's brother, he beheaded.

World English Bible
He killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.

Young's Literal Translation
and he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:1-5 James was one of the sons of Zebedee, whom Christ told that they should drink of the cup that he was to drink of, and be baptized with the baptism that he was to be baptized with, Mt 20:23. Now the words of Christ were made good in him; and if we suffer with Christ, we shall reign with him. Herod imprisoned Peter: the way of persecution, as of other sins, is downhill; when men are in it, they cannot easily stop. Those make themselves an easy prey to Satan, who make it their business to please men. Thus James finished his course. But Peter, being designed for further services, was safe; though he seemed now marked out for a speedy sacrifice. We that live in a cold, prayerless generation, can hardly form an idea of the earnestness of these holy men of old. But if the Lord should bring on the church an awful persecution like this of Herod, the faithful in Christ would learn what soul-felt prayer is.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - James, the son of Zebedee, or James the Elder, to whom, with his brother John, our Lord gave the surname of Boanerges (which is a corruption of בְנֵי דֶגֶשׁ), sons of thunder. Nothing is recorded of him in the Acts but his presence in the upper room at Jerusalem after the Ascension (Acts 1:13), and this his martyrdom, which was the fulfillment of our Lord's prediction in Matthew 20:23. His being singled out by Herod for death in company with Peter is rather an indication of his zeal and activity in the Lord's service, though we know nothing of his work. Eusebius relates an anecdote of his martyrdom, extracted from the lost work of Clement of Alexandria, called the Ὑποτυτώσεις (or in Latin Adumbrationes), which Clement professed to have received by tradition from his predecessors, to the effect that the informer who accused James was so struck with his constancy in confessing Christ before the judge, that he came forward and confessed himself a Christian too. The two were then led off to execution together; and on the way the informer asked James's forgiveness. After a moment's hesitation, James said to him, "Peace be unto thee," and kissed him. They were then both beheaded ('Eccl. Hist.,' 2. 9.). As Clement flourished about A.D. , the tradition need not have passed through more than three persons. It has been thought strange that Luke relates the death of a chief apostle with such brevity. But it did not bear on the main object of his work. Lightfoot ('Works,' vol. 8. p. 282, etc.) mentions a fanciful story related by Rabauus Maurus, that about this time the apostles composed the Apostles' Creed, each contributing one clause, and that the clause contributed by James the brother of John was, "And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. This was James, the son of Zebedee, whom our Lord told, that he should be baptized with the baptism he was baptized with, Matthew 20:22 meaning the baptism of martyrdom; and he was the first martyr among the apostles: the death he was put to was one of the four capital punishments among the Jews, and was reckoned by them the most disgraceful of them all, and was inflicted upon deceivers of the people; and such an one James was thought to be (e).

(e) Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 7. sect. 1, 3. & 11. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. killed James … with the sword—beheaded him; a most ignominious mode of punishment, according to the Jews. Blessed martyr! Thou hast indeed "drunk of thy Lord's cup, and hast been baptized with his baptism." (See on [1997]Mr 10:38-40.) A grievous loss this would be to the Church; for though nothing is known of him beyond what we read in the Gospels, the place which he had as one of the three whom the Lord admitted to His closest intimacy would lead the Church to look up to him with a reverence and affection which even their enemies would come to hear of. They could spring only upon one more prized victim; and flushed with their first success, they prevail upon Herod to seize him also.

Acts 12:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
James Killed, Peter Imprisoned
1Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them. 2And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword. 3When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now it was during the days of Unleavened Bread.…
Cross References
Matthew 4:21
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,

Matthew 20:23
Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father."

Mark 10:39
"We can," they answered. Jesus said to them, "You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,

Acts 12:1
It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.
Treasury of Scripture

And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

James.

Matthew 4:21,22 And going on from there, he saw other two brothers, James the son …

Matthew 20:23 And he said to them, You shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized …

Mark 10:35,38 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come to him, saying, Master, …

with.

1 Kings 19:1,10 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and with how he had …

Jeremiah 26:23 And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him to Jehoiakim …

Hebrews 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain …

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