Mark 6:27
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English Standard Version
And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison

King James Bible
And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

American Standard Version
And straightway the king sent forth a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring his head: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But sending an executioner, he commanded that his head should be brought in a dish.

English Revised Version
And straightway the king sent forth a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring his head: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

Webster's Bible Translation
And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

Weymouth New Testament
He at once sent a soldier of his guard with orders to bring John's head. So he went and beheaded him in the prison,

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Vincent's Word Studies

Mark's favorite straightway. The king is prompt in his response.

Executioner (σπεκουλάτορα)

One of Mark's Latin words, speculator. A speculator was a guardsman, whose business it was to watch or spy out (speculari). It came gradually to denote one of the armed body-guard of the Roman emperor. Thus Suetonius says of Claudius that he did not dare to attend banquets unless his speculatores with their lances surrounded him. Seneca uses the word in the sense of executioner. "He met the executioners (speculatoribus), declared that he had nothing to say against the execution of the sentence, and then stretched out his neck." Herod imitated the manners of the Roman court, and was attended by a company of speculatores, though it was not their distinctive office to act as executioners. Wyc. renders man-killer, and Tynd. hangman.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the king.

Matthew 14:10,11 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison...

an executioner. or, one of his guard. [Spekoulator,] in Latin, speculator, from speculor, to look about, spy, properly denotes a sentinel; and as these sentinels kept guard at the palaces of kings, and the residences of Roman governors, so they were employed in other offices besides guarding, and usually performed that of executioners. As, however, we learn from Josephus, that Herod was at this very time engaged in war with Aretas, king of Arabia, in consequence of Herod's having divorced his daughter in order to marry Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; and as this event occurred at an entertainment given at the castle of Machaerus, while his army was on its march against his father-in-law; we are furnished with an additional reason why a speculator, or sentinel, should have been employed as an executioner; and are thus enabled to discover such a latent and undesigned coincidence as clearly evinces the truth of the evangelical narrative.

Cross References
Mark 6:26
And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.

Mark 6:28
and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.

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