Luke 9:9
New International Version
But Herod said, "I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?" And he tried to see him.

New Living Translation
"I beheaded John," Herod said, "so who is this man about whom I hear such stories?" And he kept trying to see him.

English Standard Version
Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him.

Berean Study Bible
“I beheaded John,” Herod said, “but who is this man I hear such things about?” And he kept trying to see Jesus.

Berean Literal Bible
And Herod said, "John I beheaded, but who is this concerning whom I hear such things?" And he was seeking to see Him.

New American Standard Bible
Herod said, "I myself had John beheaded; but who is this man about whom I hear such things?" And he kept trying to see Him.

King James Bible
And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

Christian Standard Bible
"I beheaded John," Herod said, "but who is this I hear such things about?" And he wanted to see him.

Contemporary English Version
But Herod said, "I had John's head cut off! Who is this I hear so much about?" Herod was eager to meet Jesus.

Good News Translation
Herod said, "I had John's head cut off; but who is this man I hear these things about?" And he kept trying to see Jesus.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I beheaded John," Herod said, "but who is this I hear such things about?" And he wanted to see Him.

International Standard Version
Herod said, "I beheaded John. But who is this man I'm hearing so much about?" So Herod kept trying to see Jesus.

NET Bible
Herod said, "I had John beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?" So Herod wanted to learn about Jesus.

New Heart English Bible
Herod said, "John I beheaded, but who is this, about whom I hear such things?" He sought to see him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Herodus said, “I have cut off the head of Yohannan, but who is this about whom I have heard these things?” And he wanted to see him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Herod said, "I had John's head cut off. Who is this person I'm hearing so much about?" So Herod wanted to see Jesus.

New American Standard 1977
And Herod said, “I myself had John beheaded; but who is this man about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Herod said, I have beheaded John, but who is this of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

King James 2000 Bible
And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

American King James Version
And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

American Standard Version
And Herod said, John I beheaded: but who is this, about whom I hear such things? And he sought to see him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Herod said: John I have beheaded; but who is this of whom I hear such things? And he sought to see him.

Darby Bible Translation
And Herod said, John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things? and he sought to see him.

English Revised Version
And Herod said, John I beheaded: but who is this, about whom I hear such things? And he sought to see him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Herod said, John have I beheaded; but who is this of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

Weymouth New Testament
And Herod said, "John I have beheaded; but who is this, of whom I hear such reports?" And he sought for an opportunity of seeing Jesus.

World English Bible
Herod said, "John I beheaded, but who is this, about whom I hear such things?" He sought to see him.

Young's Literal Translation
and Herod said, 'John I did behead, but who is this concerning whom I hear such things?' and he was seeking to see him.
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
Herod Desires to See Jesus
8others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that a prophet of old had arisen. 9“I beheaded John,” Herod said, “but who is this man I hear such things about?” And he kept trying to see Jesus. 10Then the apostles returned and reported to Jesus all that they had done. Taking them away privately, He withdrew to a town called Bethsaida.…
Cross References
Luke 23:8
When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased. He had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had heard about Him and was hoping to see Him perform a miracle.

Luke 23:15
Neither has Herod, for he sent Him back to us. As you can see, He has done nothing deserving of death.

Treasury of Scripture

And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

John.

Luke 9:7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he …

And he.

Luke 13:31,32 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying to him, …

Luke 23:8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous …







Lexicon
“I
ἐγὼ (egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

beheaded
ἀπεκεφάλισα (apekephalisa)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 607: To behead. From apo and kephale; to decapitate.

John,”
Ἰωάννην (Iōannēn)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2491: Of Hebrew origin; Joannes, the name of four Israelites.

Herod
Ἡρῴδης (Hērōdēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2264: Compound of heros and eidos; heroic; Herod, the name of four Jewish kings.

said,
Εἶπεν (Eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“but
δέ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

who
τίς (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

this [man]
οὗτος (houtos)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

I hear
ἀκούω (akouō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

such things
τοιαῦτα (toiauta)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 5108: (including the other inflections); from toi and houtos; truly this, i.e. Of this sort (to denote character or individuality).

about?”
περὶ (peri)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4012: From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

he kept trying
ἐζήτει (ezētei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.

to see
ἰδεῖν (idein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 3708: Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.

[Jesus].
αὐτόν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
(9) And he desired to see him.--St. Luke returns (Luke 23:8) to the working of this desire, which he apparently knew from sources that were not within the reach of the other Evangelists.

Verse 9. - And he desired to see him; that is, Jesus. The desire of Herod was gratified, but not then. He saw him the day of the Crucifixion, when Pilate sent him to Herod for judgment; but the tetrarch, weak and wicked though he was, declined the responsibility of shedding that blood, so he sent him back to the Roman governor. Here, in SS. Matthew and Mark, follows the dramatic and vivid account of the death of John the Baptist. St. Luke probably omits it, as his Gospel, or rather Paul's, was derived from what they heard from eyewitnesses and hearers of the Lord. As regards SS. Matthew and Mark, the latter of whom was probably simply the amanuensis of St. Peter, the awful event was woven into their life's story. It was most natural that, in their public preaching and teaching, they should make constant mention of the tragedy which so personally affected Jesus and his little company. St. Luke and his master, Paul, on the other hand, who were not personally present with the Lord when these events took place, would be likely to confine their memoirs as closely as possible to those circumstances in which Jesus alone occupied the prominent place. 9:1-9 Christ sent his twelve disciples abroad, who by this time were able to teach others what they had received from the Lord. They must not be anxious to commend themselves to people's esteem by outward appearance. They must go as they were. The Lord Jesus is the fountain of power and authority, to whom all creatures must, in one way or another, be subject; and if he goes with the word of his ministers in power, to deliver sinners from Satan's bondage, they may be sure that he will care for their wants. When truth and love thus go together, and yet the message of God is rejected and despised, it leaves men without excuse, and turns to a testimony against them. Herod's guilty conscience was ready to conclude that John was risen from the dead. He desired to see Jesus; and why did he not go and see him? Probably, because he thought it below him, or because he wished not to have any more reprovers of sin. Delaying it now, his heart was hardened, and when he did see Jesus, he was as much prejudiced against him as others, Lu 23:11.
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