Matthew 14:1
Parallel Verses
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,

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,

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.

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,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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).

Matthew 14:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Beheading of John
1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus, 2and said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him."…
Cross References
Matthew 9:26
News of this spread through all that region.

Matthew 9:31
But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

Matthew 13:58
And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

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

Mark 8:15
"Be careful," Jesus warned them. "Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod."

Luke 3:1
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar--when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene--

Luke 3:19
But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother's wife, and all the other evil things he had done,

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

Luke 9:7
Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead,

Luke 13:31
At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you."

Luke 23:7
When he learned that Jesus was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.

Luke 23:11
Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate.

Acts 4:27
Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.

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

Acts 13:1
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.
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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, …

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

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