Matthew 14:3
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New International Version
Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,

New Living Translation
For Herod had arrested and imprisoned John as a favor to his wife Herodias (the former wife of Herod's brother Philip).

English Standard Version
For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,

New American Standard Bible
For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip.

King James Bible
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For Herod had arrested John, chained him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,

International Standard Version
Herod had arrested John, bound him with chains, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.

NET Bible
For Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For Herodus had seized Yohannan and bound him and cast him into prison because of Herodia the wife of Philippus his brother.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Herod had arrested John, tied him up, and put him in prison. Herod did this for Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For Herod had laid hold on John and bound him and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.

King James 2000 Bible
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.

American King James Version
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.

American Standard Version
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For Herod had apprehended John and bound him, and put him into prison, because of Herodias, his brother's wife.

Darby Bible Translation
For Herod had seized John, and had bound him and put him in prison on account of Herodias the wife of Philip his brother.

English Revised Version
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.

Webster's Bible Translation
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.

Weymouth New Testament
For Herod had arrested John, and had put him in chains, and imprisoned him, for the sake of Herodias his brother Philip's wife,

World English Bible
For Herod had laid hold of John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.

Young's Literal Translation
For Herod having laid hold on John, did bind him, and did put him in prison, because of Herodias his brother Philip's wife,
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

Verse 3. - For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him. Although had simplifies the meaning to the English reader, as definitely marking what must have been the case, that John's imprisonment began some time before, yet in the Greek only the aorist is used to commence a vivid narrative. And put him in prison; "put him away in prison (ἐν φυλακῇ ἀπέθετο)." So of Micaiah by Ahab (2 Chronicles 18:26, LXX., but not Lucian's text). Probably here in allusion to the distance of Machaerus from Herod's usual residence at Tiberius. Possibly, also, a reference to John being safer there from the designs of Herodias (Mark 6:19, 20). Anyhow, notice the stages in Herod's action - capture, binding, imprisonment in a place where he was quite out of the way. For Herodias' sake. John was imprisoned, according to the New Testament,

(1) as a punishment for his rebuke of Herod;

(2) to protect him from Herodias' vengeance. (On the statement by Josephus, that it was for political reasons, see Matthew 3:1, note.) His brother Philip's wife. According to Josephus ('Ant.,' 18:05. 4), the first husband of Herodias was "Herod," son of Herod the Great by Mariamne the high priest's daughter, and the daughter of Herodias, Salome, married Philip the tetrarch, who was also the son of Herod the Great by Cleopatra of Jerusalem. Hence many critics (e.g. Ewald; Schurer, I. 2:22) suppose the account in Matthew and Mark to be mistaken, and due to a confusion of Herodias with her daughter. But, although it is curious that two sons of Herod the Great should have been called Philip, yet, in view of their being by different mothers, it cannot be pronounced impossible ("Antipas" and "Antipater" are not precisely identical). Besides, Herod the son of Mariamne would probably have had some other name than that of his father alone. It is noticeable that, in the same context, Josephus speaks also of Antipas by the name Herod only.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For Herod had laid hold on John,.... By his servants, whom he sent to apprehend him:

and bound him; laid him in chains, as if he was a malefactor;

and put him in prison, in the castle of Machaerus (d),

for Herodias's sake; who was angry with him, had a bitter quarrel against him, and by whose instigation all this was done; who was

his brother Philip's wife. This Herodias was the daughter of Aristobulus, son to Herod the Great (e), and brother to Philip, and to this Herod; so that she was niece to them both; and first married the one, and then the other, whilst the former was living. Philip and this Herod were both sons of Herod the Great, but not by the same woman; Philip was born of Cleopatra of Jerusalem, and Herod Antipas of Malthace, a Samaritan (f); so that Philip was his brother by his father's side, but not by his mother's; the Evangelist Mark adds, "for he had married her": the case was this, Herod being sent for to Rome, called at his brother Philip's by the way, where he fell into an amorous intrigue with his wife, and agreed, upon his return, to take her with him and marry her; as he accordingly did, and divorced his own wife, who was daughter of Aretas, king of Arabia Petraea; which occasioned a war between Herod and his wife's father, in which the former was beaten (g),

(d) Joseph. Antiqu. 1. 18. c. 7. (e) Ib. c. 6. (f) Joseph. Antiqu. 1. 18. c. 6. de Bello Jud. l. 1. c. 28. sect. 7. (g) Joseph. Antiqu. 1. 18. c. 6.



Matthew 14:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Beheading of John
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." 3For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. 4For John had been saying to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."…
Cross References
Matthew 4:12
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee.

Matthew 11:2
When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples

Matthew 14:6
On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much

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 6:17
For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had married.

Mark 6:19
So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to,

Mark 6:22
When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask me for anything you want, and I'll give it to you."

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 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.

John 3:24
(This was before John was put in prison.)

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.
Treasury of Scripture

For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.

Herod.

Matthew 4:12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed …

Mark 6:17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold on John, and bound …

Luke 3:19,20 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother …

John 3:23,24 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there …

Herodias'. This infamous woman was the daughter of Aristobulus and Bernice, and granddaughter of Herod the Great.

his.

Luke 13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, …

Philip's. Herod Philip, son of Herod the Great and Mariamne.

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