Matthew 14:1
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New International Version
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus,

New Living Translation
When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, heard about Jesus,

English Standard Version
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus,

Berean Study Bible
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus

Berean Literal Bible
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news of Jesus,

New American Standard Bible
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus,

King James Bible
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus. "

International Standard Version
At that time Herod the tetrarch, hearing about the fame of Jesus,

NET Bible
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard reports about Jesus,

New Heart English Bible
At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But at that time Herodus the Tetrarch heard of the fame of Yeshua.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At that time Herod, ruler of Galilee, heard the news about Jesus.

New American Standard 1977
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus,

Jubilee Bible 2000
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus

King James 2000 Bible
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

American King James Version
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

American Standard Version
At that season Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,

Douay-Rheims Bible
AT that time Herod the Tetrarch heard the fame of Jesus.

Darby Bible Translation
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

English Revised Version
At that season Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,

Webster's Bible Translation
At that time Herod the Tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

Weymouth New Testament
About that time Herod the Tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

World English Bible
At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,

Young's Literal Translation
At that time did Herod the tetrarch hear the fame of Jesus,
Study Bible
The Beheading of John
1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus 2and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! This is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”…
Cross References
Matthew 9:26
And the news about this spread throughout that region.

Matthew 9:31
But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout the land.

Matthew 13:58
And He did not do many miracles there, because of their unbelief.

Mark 6:14
Now King Herod heard about this, for Jesus' name had become well known, and people were saying, "John the Baptist has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him."

Mark 8:15
"Watch out!" He cautioned them. "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod."

Luke 3:1
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,

Luke 3:19
But when he rebuked Herod the tetrarch regarding his brother's wife Herodias and all the evils he had done,

Luke 8:3
Joanna the wife of Herod's household manager Chuza, Susanna, and many others. These women were ministering to them out of their own means.

Luke 9:7
When Herod the Tetrarch heard about all that was happening, he was perplexed. For some were saying that John had risen from the dead,

Luke 13:31
At that very hour, some Pharisees came to Jesus and told Him, "Leave this place and get away, because Herod wants to kill You."
Treasury of Scripture

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

Herod. This was Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great, by Malthace, and tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea, which produced a revenue of

Mark 6:14-16 And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and …

Mark 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the …

Luke 9:7-9 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he …

Luke 13:31,32 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying to him, …

Luke 23:8-12,15 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous …

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

Tetrarch.

Luke 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius …

XIV.

(1) Herod the tetrarch.--The son of Herod the Great by Malthace. Under his father's will he succeeded to the government of Galilee and Pera, with the title of Tetrarch, and as ruler of a fourth part of the Roman province of Syria. His first wife was a daughter of Aretas, an Arabian king or chief, named in 2Corinthians 11:32 as king of the Damascenes. Herodias, the wife of his half-brother Philip (not the Tetrarch of Trachonitis, Luke 3:1, but son of Herod the Great by Mariamne, and though wealthy, holding no official position as a ruler), was daughter of Aristobulus, the son whom Herod put to death, and was therefore niece to both her husbands. Prompted partly by passion, partly by ambition, she left Philip, and became the wife of Antipas (Jos. Ant. xviii. 5, 4). The marriage, at once adulterous and by the Mosaic law doubly incestuous, shocked the conscience of all the stricter Jews. It involved Antipas in a war with the father of the wife whom he had divorced and dismissed, and it was probably in connection with this war that we read of soldiers on actual duty as coming under the teaching of the Baptist in Luke 3:14. The prophetic spirit of the Baptist, the very spirit of Elijah in his dealings with Ahab and Jezebel, made him the spokesman of the general feeling, and so brought him within the range of the vindictive bitterness of the guilty queen.

Heard of the fame of Jesus.--The words do not necessarily imply that no tidings had reached him till now. Our Lord's ministry, however, had been at this time at the furthest not longer than a year, and possibly less, and Antipas, residing at Tiberias and surrounded by courtiers, might well be slow to hear of the works and teaching of the Prophet of Nazareth. Possibly, the nobleman of Capernaum (John 4:46), or Manaen the foster-brother of the tetrarch (Acts 13:1), or Chuza his steward (Luke 8:3), may have been among his first informants, as "the servants" (the word is not that used for "slaves") to whom he now communicated his theory as to the reported wonders.

Verses 1-36. - CHRIST'S POWER TO SUPPLY AND PROTECT AND HEAL, PREFACED BY A STATEMENT OF HEROD'S RELATION TO HIM. Verses 1-12. - Herod's opinion of Jesus, and a parenthetical account of his murder of John the Baptist. Parallel passages: Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9; Luke 3:19, 20. Verse 1. - At that time; season (Revised Version); Matthew 11:25, note. Herod the tetrarch; i.e. Antipas, youngest son of Herod the Great, and by one of his father's wills named his successor on the throne, but by the last will appointed only tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea. Though not legally king, he sometimes received the title by courtesy (ver. 9; Mark 6:14; cf. Matthew 2:1, note). "In point of character, Antipas was a genuine son of old Herod - sly, ambitious, and luxurious, only not so able as his father." He was deposed by Caligula, A.D. 39, when, at the instance of Herodias, he had gone to Rome to try to obtain the same title of king that had been granted to her brother Agrippa I. (Schurer, I. 2:18, 36). Heard of the fame - heard the report (Revised Version); Matthew 4:24, note - of Jesus. At that time Herod the tetrarch,.... Not Herod the Great, in whose reign Christ was born, and who slew the infants of Bethlehem, but his son; this was, as the Jewish chronologer (c) rightly observes,

"Herod Antipater, whom they call "the tetrarch"; the son of Herod the First, and brother of Archelaus, and the third king of the family of Herod.''

And though he is here called a "tetrarch", he is in Mark 6:14 called a king: the reason of his being styled a "tetrarch" was this; his father Herod divided his large kingdom into four parts, and bequeathed them to his sons, which was confirmed by the Roman senate: Archelaus reigned in Judea in his stead; upon whose decease, that part was put under the care of a Roman governor; who, when John the Baptist began to preach, was Pontius Pilate; this same Herod here spoken of, being "tetrarch" of Galilee, which was the part assigned him; and his brother Philip "tetrarch" of Ituraea, and of the region of Trachonitis; and Lysanias, "tetrarch" of Abilene, Luke 3:1 the word "tetrarch": signifying one that has the "fourth" part of government: and in Munster's Hebrew Gospel, he is called "one of the four princes"; and in the Arabic version, "a prince of the fourth part"; and in the Persic, a "governor of the fourth part of the kingdom". The "time" referred to, was after the death of John the Baptist; and when Christ had been for a good while, and in many places, preaching and working miracles; the particular instant which respect is had unto, is the sending forth of the twelve disciples to preach and work miracles; and which might serve the more to spread the fame of Christ, and which reached the court of Herod; who, it is said here,

heard of the fame of Jesus: what a wonderful preacher he was, and what mighty things were done by him.

(c) David Ganz. Tzemach David, par. 1. fol. 25. 2. and so in Juchasin, fol. 142. 2.CHAPTER 14

Mt 14:1-12. Herod Thinks Jesus a Resurrection of the Murdered Baptist—Account of His Imprisonment and Death. ( = Mr 6:14-29; Lu 9:7-9).

The time of this alarm of Herod Antipas appears to have been during the mission of the Twelve, and shortly after the Baptist—who had been in prison for probably more than a year—had been cruelly put to death.

Herod's Theory of the Works of Christ (Mt 14:1, 2).

1. At that time Herod the tetrarch—Herod Antipas, one of the three sons of Herod the Great, and own brother of Archelaus (Mt 2:22), who ruled as ethnarch over Galilee and Perea.

heard of the fame of Jesus—"for His name was spread abroad" (Mr 6:14).14:1-12 The terror and reproach of conscience, which Herod, like other daring offenders, could not shake off, are proofs and warnings of a future judgment, and of future misery to them. But there may be the terror of convictions, where there is not the truth of conversion. When men pretend to favour the gospel, yet live in evil, we must not favour their self-delusion, but must deliver our consciences as John did. The world may call this rudeness and blind zeal. False professors, or timid Christians, may censure it as want of civility; but the most powerful enemies can go no further than the Lord sees good to permit. Herod feared that the putting of John to death might raise a rebellion among the people, which it did not; but he never feared it might stir up his own conscience against him, which it did. Men fear being hanged for what they do not fear being damned for. And times of carnal mirth and jollity are convenient times for carrying on bad designs against God's people. Herod would profusely reward a worthless dance, while imprisonment and death were the recompence of the man of God who sought the salvation of his soul. But there was real malice to John beneath his consent, or else Herod would have found ways to get clear of his promise. When the under shepherds are smitten, the sheep need not be scattered while they have the Great Shepherd to go to. And it is better to be drawn to Christ by want and loss, than not to come to him at all.
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