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The post of executioner was one of high dignity. Potiphar was "captain of the executioners." (Genesis 37:36) see margin. That the "captain of the guard" himself occasionally performed the duty of an executioner appears from (1 Kings 2:25,34)

Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Mark 6:27). Instead of the Greek word, Mark here uses a Latin word, speculator, which literally means "a scout," "a spy," and at length came to denote one of the armed bodyguard of the emperor. Herod Antipas, in imitation of the emperor, had in attendance on him a company of speculatores. They were sometimes employed as executioners, but this was a mere accident of their office. (See Mark, GOSPEL OF.)
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) One who executes; an executer.

2. (n.) One who puts to death in conformity to legal warrant, as a hangman.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

ek'-se-kut, ek-se-ku'-shun-er (`asah, "to do," din,"to judge," "decide"; poieo, "to do"; spekoulator, Latin speculator, "an attendant"):

"Execute" in the sense of "executing judgment," "vengeance," etc., is often found in the Old Testament (Exodus 12:12 Deuteronomy 10:18 Psalm 149:7 Jeremiah 22:3 Ezekiel 25:11 Micah 5:15; compare Jeremiah 21:12, "Execute justice in the morning") and a few times in the New Testament (John 5:27 Romans 13:4 the King James Version; Jude 1:15). In the sense of punishing capitally, by legal process, it is not found. "Executioner" is found only in Mark 6:27 the King James Version, where Herod, the king, is said to have "sent an executioner" (spekoulator) to behead John the Baptist, but the Revised Version (British and American) and the American Standard Revised Version have instead, according to the stricter meaning of the text, "The king sent forth a soldier of his guard." The office of executioner, however, was a recognized office in all the great nations of antiquity.

George B. Eager

4688. spekoulator -- a scout, by ext. an executioner
... an executioner. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: spekoulator Phonetic
Spelling: (spek-oo-lat'-ore) Short Definition: a body-guardsman, an ...
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4465. rhabdouchos -- a rod holder, ie (a Roman) lictor (one ...
... officer, sergeant. From rhabdos and echo; a rod- (the Latin fasces) holder, ie A
Roman lictor (constable or executioner) -- serjeant. see GREEK rhabdos. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
2876. tabbach -- cook, guardsman
... From tabach; properly, a butcher; hence, a lifeguardsman (because he was acting
as an executioner); also a cook (usually slaughtering the animal for food ...
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3774. Kerethi -- the foreign bodyguard of King David
... Probably from karath in the sense of executioner; a Kerethite or life-guardsman
(compare tabbach) (only collectively in the singular as plural) -- Cherethims ...
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Liii. The Contemplation of Death.
... of the bride in white, and the bridegroom in his most gallant apparel, but as he
went along, he heard a sound of a file from the executioner's room, who was ...
/.../liii the contemplation of death.htm

The Doomed Three
... Then, with a colossal Goth by his side, who leaned on a huge sword, and whom Thorismund
knew to be the executioner, the chieftain ordered Aurelian to be ...
/.../chapter xxxi the doomed three.htm

The Crucifixion.
... The second executioner cried, "Take care, or he will be down.". ... The third
executioner said to him roughly, "It is no use thy fainting. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/stead/king of the jews/chapter ix the crucifixion.htm

This Treatise Has a Favourable Beginning, Since it is the Birthday ...
... 9. What threats the executioner used to make her fear him, what allurements to persuade
her, how many desired that she would come to them in marriage! ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter ii this treatise has.htm

In Reply to Marcellina, who had Asked what Should be Thought of ...
... I fear not that a sword will be wanting. I can die by my own weapons, I can die
without the help of an executioner, in my mother's bosom.". 34. ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter vii in reply to.htm

Letter i. To Innocent.
... which after once tasting blood always thirsts for it, ordered the torture to be
doubled, and cruelly gnashing his teeth, threatened the executioner with like ...
/.../jerome/the principal works of st jerome/letter i to innocent.htm

The Life of Mr. James Mitchel.
... prison. Upon the 24th, they assembled in their robes in the inner parliament
house, and the boots and executioner were presented. ...
/.../howie/biographia scoticana scots worthies/the life of mr james 5.htm

The Red Shoes
... Here she knew the executioner dwelt; and she tapped with her fingers on the panes,
and called: "Come out, come out! ... And the executioner said: ...
/.../wells/bible stories and religious classics/the red shoes.htm

From the Saying of Our Lord we Know that the Flesh is Weak...
... and the lofty cross, and the rage of the wild beasts, and that punishment of the
flames, of all most terrible, and all the skill of the executioner in torture. ...
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When, Therefore, it is Said that the Tradition against Female ...
... mob an opportunity of throwing roses as well as rotten eggs; of crying "Hosannah"
as well as "Crucify." But I do not like the public executioner being turned ...
/.../chesterton/whats wrong with the world/chapter 24 when therefore it.htm

Executioner (1 Occurrence)
... 2. (n.) One who puts to death in conformity to legal warrant, as a hangman.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. EXECUTE; EXECUTIONER. ...
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Execute (83 Occurrences)
... 7. (vi) To do one's work; to act one's part of purpose. 8. (vi) To perform musically.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. EXECUTE; EXECUTIONER. ...
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Guard (185 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary. (1.) Hebrews tabbah (properly a "cook, " and in a secondary
sense "executioner, " because this office fell to the lot of the cook in ...
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Execution (4 Occurrences)

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Executioners (32 Occurrences)

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Tormentor (1 Occurrence)
... tor-men'-ter: the King James Version 2 Maccabees 7:29 for demios "belonging to the
people," and so "public executioner," the Revised Version (British and ...
/t/tormentor.htm - 7k

Murder (41 Occurrences)
... The executioner, according to the terms of the Law, was the "revenger of blood";
but the guilt must be previously determined by the Levitical tribunal. ...
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Mark (182 Occurrences)
... Mark also uses certain Latin words not found in any of the other Gospels, as
"speculator" (6:27, rendered, AV, "executioner;" RV, "soldier of his guard ...
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... During the revelry of the banquet held in the border fortress, to please Salome,
who danced before him, he sent an executioner, who beheaded John, and "brought ...
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Conscience (36 Occurrences)
... In the individual's own breast are not only the figures of justice already mentioned,
but the executioner as well; for, on the back of a sentence of ...
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Bible Concordance
Executioner (1 Occurrence)

Mark 6:27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,



Executioner: (Margin)

Executioner: General Scriptures Concerning

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Guard (185 Occurrences)

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Murder (41 Occurrences)

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Conscience (36 Occurrences)

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Scourge (24 Occurrences)

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