Luke 23:12
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New International Version
That day Herod and Pilate became friends--before this they had been enemies.

New Living Translation
(Herod and Pilate, who had been enemies before, became friends that day.)

English Standard Version
And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.

Berean Study Bible
That day Herod and Pilate became friends; before this time they had been enemies.

Berean Literal Bible
And both Herod and Pilate became friends with one another on that day; for previously it had been that they were at enmity between themselves.

New American Standard Bible
Now Herod and Pilate became friends with one another that very day; for before they had been enemies with each other.

King James Bible
And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
That very day Herod and Pilate became friends. Previously, they had been hostile toward each other.

International Standard Version
So Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day. Before this they had been enemies.

NET Bible
That very day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other, for prior to this they had been enemies.

New Heart English Bible
Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before that they were enemies with each other.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And on that day, Pilate and Herodus became friends with each other, because there had been hostility between them before that.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Herod and Pilate became friends that day. They had been enemies before this.

New American Standard 1977
Now Herod and Pilate became friends with one another that very day; for before they had been at enmity with each other.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together, for before they were at enmity between themselves.

King James 2000 Bible
And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

American King James Version
And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

American Standard Version
And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Herod and Pilate were made friends, that same day; for before they were enemies one to another.

Darby Bible Translation
And Pilate and Herod became friends with one another the same day, for they had been at enmity before between themselves.

English Revised Version
And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together; for before they were at enmity between themselves.

Weymouth New Testament
And on that very day Herod and Pilate became friends again, for they had been for some time at enmity.

World English Bible
Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before that they were enemies with each other.

Young's Literal Translation
and both Pilate and Herod became friends on that day with one another, for they were before at enmity between themselves.
Study Bible
Jesus Before Herod
11And even Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked Him. Dressing Him in a fine robe, they sent Him back to Pilate. 12That day Herod and Pilate became friends; before this time they had been enemies. 13Then Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people,…
Cross References
Matthew 27:2
They bound Him, led Him away, and handed Him over to Pilate the governor.

Acts 4:27
In fact, this is the very city where Herod and Pontius Pilate conspired with the Gentiles and the people of Israel against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed.
Treasury of Scripture

And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

Psalm 83:4-6 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; …

Acts 4:27 For of a truth against your holy child Jesus, whom you have anointed, …

Matthew 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired …

Revelation 17:13,14 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength to the beast…

(12) Before they were at enmity between themselves.--The special cause of enmity is not known. Possibly the massacre of the Galileans, mentioned in Luke 13:1, may have had somewhat to do with it. The union of the two in their enmity against Jesus, though not mentioned in the Gospels, is referred to in the first recorded hymn of the Church of Christ (Acts 4:27). Herod, however, it will be noted, passes no formal sentence. He is satisfied with Pilate's mark of respect for his jurisdiction.

Verse 12. - And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together. This union of two such bitter enemies in their enmity against Jesus evidently struck the early Church with sad wonderment. It is referred to in the first recorded hymn of the Church of Christ (Acts 4:27). How often has the strange sad scene been reproduced in the world's story since! Worldly men apparently irreconcilable meet together in friendship when opportunity offers itself for wounding Christ! And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together,.... For it pleased Herod, that Pilate should show such a regard to his authority and power, as to send one that belonged to his jurisdiction to take cognizance of his case; and especially as it was a person that was much talked of, and he had long wanted to see; and Pilate, on the other hand, was pleased with Herod, that though he was one that was under his jurisdiction, and so had a right of trying the cause, and either absolve or condemn, yet chose not to use this his power, but referred the case to the Roman governor:

for before they were at enmity between themselves; it may be on account of the Galilaeans, the subjects of Herod, whom Pilate had slain, whilst they were sacrificing at Jerusalem, Luke 13:1, which Herod might resent, as an infringement upon his authority and power; for had they been ever so deserving of punishment, it ought to have been left to him, to have inflicted it, and not the governor of Judea, who had nothing to do with them: but now matters were made up by this step of Pilate's, in sending Christ to him, supposed to be a Galilean, and so of Herod's jurisdiction; which was tacitly acknowledging his former conduct to be wrong, and showed a regard to Herod's authority: and thus they were reconciled together, and agreed in their contemptuous usage, and ill-treatment of Christ, and so fulfilled Psalm 2:1. 23:6-12 Herod had heard many things of Jesus in Galilee, and out of curiosity longed to see him. The poorest beggar that asked a miracle for the relief of his necessity, was never denied; but this proud prince, who asked for a miracle only to gratify his curiosity, is refused. He might have seen Christ and his wondrous works in Galilee, and would not, therefore it is justly said, Now he would see them, and shall not. Herod sent Christ again to Pilate: the friendships of wicked men are often formed by union in wickedness. They agree in little, except in enmity to God, and contempt of Christ.
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