Mark 6:18
New International Version
For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."

New Living Translation
John had been telling Herod, “It is against God’s law for you to marry your brother’s wife.”

English Standard Version
For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

Berean Study Bible
For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife!”

Berean Literal Bible
For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."

King James Bible
For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.

New King James Version
Because John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

New American Standard Bible
For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

NASB 1995
For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."

NASB 1977
For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

Amplified Bible
For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful [under Mosaic Law] for you to have your brother’s wife.”

Christian Standard Bible
John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
John had been telling Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife!"

American Standard Version
For John said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For Yohannan had said to Herodus, “It is not lawful for you to take the wife of your brother.”

Douay-Rheims Bible
For John said to Herod: It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.

English Revised Version
For John said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.

Good News Translation
John the Baptist kept telling Herod, "It isn't right for you to marry your brother's wife!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
John had been telling Herod, "It's not right for you to be married to your brother's wife."

International Standard Version
John had been telling Herod, "It's not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."

Literal Standard Version
for John said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have the wife of your brother”;

NET Bible
For John had repeatedly told Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."

New Heart English Bible
For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."

Weymouth New Testament
For John had repeatedly told Herod, "You have no right to be living with your brother's wife."

World English Bible
For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."

Young's Literal Translation
for John said to Herod -- 'It is not lawful to thee to have the wife of thy brother;'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Beheading of John
17For 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. 18For John had been telling Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife!” 19So Herodias held a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she had been unable,…

Cross References
Matthew 14:4
because John had been telling him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

Matthew 27:30
Then they spit on Him and took the staff and struck Him on the head repeatedly.


Treasury of Scripture

For John had said to Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.

It is.

Leviticus 18:16
Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness.

Leviticus 20:21
And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

1 Kings 22:14
And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak.









Verses 18, 19. - For John said unto Herod. The Greek tense (ἔλεγε) implies more than the simple expression, "he said;" it implies a repeated warning. We learn from St. Matthew (Matthew 14:5) that Herod would have killed John before, but he feared the people. Here St. Mark says that Herodias set herself against him, and desired to kill him; and she could not; for Herod feared John. There is no contradiction between the two evangelists. The case appears to have been this: that at first Herod desired to put John to death, because John had reproved him on account of Herodias. But by degrees John gained an influence over Herod by the force of his character, and by his holy life and teaching.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

John
Ἰωάννης (Iōannēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2491: Of Hebrew origin; Joannes, the name of four Israelites.

had been telling
ἔλεγεν (elegen)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

Herod,
Ἡρῴδῃ (Hērōdē)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2264: Compound of heros and eidos; heroic; Herod, the name of four Jewish kings.

“It is not lawful
ἔξεστίν (exestin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1832: It is permitted, lawful, possible.

for you
σοι (soi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

to have
ἔχειν (echein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

your
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

brother’s
ἀδελφοῦ (adelphou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 80: A brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian. A brother near or remote.

wife!”
γυναῖκα (gynaika)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1135: A woman, wife, my lady. Probably from the base of ginomai; a woman; specially, a wife.


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