Mark 6:27
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New International Version
So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison,

New Living Translation
So he immediately sent an executioner to the prison to cut off John's head and bring it to him. The soldier beheaded John in the prison,

English Standard Version
And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison

Berean Study Bible
So without delay, the king commanded that John's head be brought in. He sent an executioner who went and beheaded him in the prison.

Berean Literal Bible
And immediately the king, having sent an executioner, commanded to be brought his head. And having gone, he beheaded him in the prison,

New American Standard Bible
Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and had him beheaded in the prison,

King James Bible
And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The king immediately sent for an executioner and commanded him to bring John's head. So he went and beheaded him in prison,

International Standard Version
So without delay the king sent a soldier and ordered him to bring John's head. The soldier went and beheaded him in prison.

NET Bible
So the king sent an executioner at once to bring John's head, and he went and beheaded John in prison.

New Heart English Bible
So immediately the king sent out a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring John's head, and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The King sent the executioner at once and commanded to bring the head of Yohannan and he went and cut off the head of Yohannan in the prison.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Immediately, the king sent a guard and ordered him to bring John's head. The guard cut off John's head in prison.

New American Standard 1977
And immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and had him beheaded in the prison,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And straightway the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be brought, and he went and beheaded him in the prison

King James 2000 Bible
And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

American King James Version
And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

American Standard Version
And straightway the king sent forth a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring his head: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But sending an executioner, he commanded that his head should be brought in a dish.

Darby Bible Translation
And immediately the king, having sent one of the guard, ordered his head to be brought. And he went out and beheaded him in the prison,

English Revised Version
And straightway the king sent forth a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring his head: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

Webster's Bible Translation
And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

Weymouth New Testament
He at once sent a soldier of his guard with orders to bring John's head. So he went and beheaded him in the prison,

World English Bible
Immediately the king sent out a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring John's head, and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

Young's Literal Translation
and immediately the king having sent a guardsman, did command his head to be brought,
Study Bible
The Beheading of John
26The king was overwhelmed with sorrow, but because of his oaths and his guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27So without delay, the king commanded that John’s head be brought in. He sent an executioner who went and beheaded him in the prison. 28The man brought John’s head on a platter and presented it to the girl, who gave it to her mother.…
Cross References
Mark 6:26
The king was overwhelmed with sorrow, but because of his oaths and his guests, he did not want to refuse her.

Mark 6:28
The man brought John's head on a platter and presented it to the girl, who gave it to her mother.
Treasury of Scripture

And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

the king.

Matthew 14:10,11 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison…

an executioner. or, one of his guard. [Spekoulator,] in Latin, speculator, from speculor, to look about, spy, properly denotes a sentinel; and as these sentinels kept guard at the palaces of kings, and the residences of Roman governors, so they were employed in other offices besides guarding, and usually performed that of executioners. As, however, we learn from Josephus, that Herod was at this very time engaged in war with Aretas, king of Arabia, in consequence of Herod's having divorced his daughter in order to marry Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; and as this event occurred at an entertainment given at the castle of Machaerus, while his army was on its march against his father-in-law; we are furnished with an additional reason why a speculator, or sentinel, should have been employed as an executioner; and are thus enabled to discover such a latent and undesigned coincidence as clearly evinces the truth of the evangelical narrative.

(27) An executioner.--St. Mark uses a Latin word, speculator, a word which, originally meaning "watchman" or "sentinel," had come to be applied by Latin writers of the time specifically to soldiers employed, as in this instance, as couriers or messengers (Suet. Caligula, c. 44; Tacit. Hist. xi. 73).

Verse 27. - He sent forth an executioner (σπεκουλάτωρα); literally, a soldier of his guard; one of his body-guard, in constant attendance as messenger or executioner. It is a Roman word from speculari, to watch. St. Jerome relates that when the head of the Baptist was brought, Herodias barbarously thrust the tongue through with a bodkin, as Fulvia is said to have done over and over again, the tongue of Cicero; thus verifying what Cicero had once said while living, that "nothing is more revengeful than a woman." Because they could not bear to hear the truth, therefore they bored through with a bodkin the tongue that had spoken the truth. And immediately the king sent an executioner,.... See Gill on Matthew 14:10.

and commanded his head to be brought; ordered him to cut off his head in prison, and bring it away forthwith in a charger to him:

and he went and beheaded him in the prison; according to his orders. 27. And immediately the king sent an executioner—one of the guards in attendance. The word is Roman, denoting one of the Imperial Guard.

and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison—after, it would seem, more than twelve months' imprisonment. Blessed martyr! Dark and cheerless was the end reserved for thee: but now thou hast thy Master's benediction, "Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me" (Mt 11:6), and hast found the life thou gavest away (Mt 10:39). But where are they in whose skirts is found thy blood?6:14-29 Herod feared John while he lived, and feared him still more when he was dead. Herod did many of those things which John in his preaching taught him; but it is not enough to do many things, we must have respect to all the commandments. Herod respected John, till he touched him in his Herodias. Thus many love good preaching, if it keep far away from their beloved sin. But it is better that sinners persecute ministers now for faithfulness, than curse them eternally for unfaithfulness. The ways of God are unsearchable; but we may be sure he never can be at a loss to repay his servants for what they endure or lose for his sake. Death could not come so as to surprise this holy man; and the triumph of the wicked was short.
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