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

New Living Translation
But at a birthday party for Herod, Herodias's daughter performed a dance that greatly pleased him,

English Standard Version
But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod,

Berean Study Bible
On Herod's birthday, however, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod

Berean Literal Bible
But on the birthday of Herod having been celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and pleased Herod,

New American Standard Bible
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod,

King James Bible
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But when Herod's birthday celebration came, Herodias's daughter danced before them and pleased Herod.

International Standard Version
But when Herod's birthday celebration was held, the daughter of Herodias danced before the guests. She pleased Herod

NET Bible
But on Herod's birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when Herodus' birthday came, the daughter of Herodia danced before the dinner guests and she pleased Herodus.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Herod celebrated his birthday, Herodias' daughter danced for his guests. Herod was so delighted with her that

New American Standard 1977
But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod.

King James 2000 Bible
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

American King James Version
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

American Standard Version
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and pleased Herod.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But on Herod's birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before them: and pleased Herod.

Darby Bible Translation
But when Herod's birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod;

English Revised Version
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and pleased Herod.

Webster's Bible Translation
But when Herod's birth-day was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

Weymouth New Testament
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before all the company, and so pleased Herod

World English Bible
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced among them and pleased Herod.

Young's Literal Translation
But the birthday of Herod being kept, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and did please Herod,
Study Bible
The Beheading of John
5Although Herod wanted to kill John, he was afraid of the people, because they considered him a prophet. 6On Herod’s birthday, however, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod 7so much that he promised with an oath to give to her whatever she asked.…
Word Study

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

[on the] birthday
Genesiois (N-DNP)
A birthday celebration. Neuter plural of a derivative of genesis; birthday ceremonies.

Compound of heros and eidos; heroic; Herod, the name of four Jewish kings.

having been celebrated,
genomenois (V-APM-DNP)
A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Apparently a primary word; a female child, or descendant.

From Herodes; Herodias, a woman of the Heodian family.

To dance. Middle voice from orchos; to dance.

In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; "in, " at, on, by, etc.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Middle, in the middle, between, in the midst of. From meta; middle (neuter) noun).

And, even, also, namely.

To please, with the idea of willing service rendered to others; hence almost: I serve. Probably from airo; to be agreeable.

Compound of heros and eidos; heroic; Herod, the name of four Jewish kings.

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
Genesis 40:20
Thus it came about on the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants.

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

Matthew 14:7
so much that he promised with an oath to give to her whatever she asked.

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 6:17
For Herod himself had ordered that John be arrested and bound and imprisoned, on account of his brother Philip's wife Herodias, whom Herod had married.

Mark 6:19
So Herodias held a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she had been unable,

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.
Treasury of Scripture

But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

birth-day.

Genesis 40:20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, …

Esther 1:2-9 That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of …

Esther 2:18 Then the king made a great feast to all his princes and his servants, …

Daniel 5:1-4 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, …

Hosea 1:5,6 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow …

Mark 6:21-23 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made …

the daughter.

Matthew 22:24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his …

danced.

Esther 1:10-12 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, …

before them. Gr. in the midst.

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