Matthew 14:4
New International Version
for John had been saying to him: "It is not lawful for you to have her."

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

English Standard Version
because John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

Berean Study Bible
because John had been telling him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

Berean Literal Bible
For John had been saying to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

New American Standard Bible
For John had been saying to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

New King James Version
Because John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

King James Bible
For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

Christian Standard Bible
since John had been telling him, "It's not lawful for you to have her."

Good News Translation
For some time John the Baptist had told Herod, "It isn't right for you to be married to Herodias!"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
since John had been telling him, "It's not lawful for you to have her!"

International Standard Version
John had been telling him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

NET Bible
because John had repeatedly told him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

New Heart English Bible
For John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For Yohannan had said to him, “It is not lawful that she should be your wife.”

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

New American Standard 1977
For John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

King James 2000 Bible
For John said unto him, It is not lawful for you to have her.

American King James Version
For John said to him, It is not lawful for you to have her.

American Standard Version
For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For John said to him: It is not lawful for thee to have her.

Darby Bible Translation
For John said to him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

English Revised Version
For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

Webster's Bible Translation
For John had said to him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

Weymouth New Testament
because John had persistently said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

World English Bible
For John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

Young's Literal Translation
for John was saying to him, 'It is not lawful to thee to have her,'
Study Bible
The Beheading of John
3Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 4because John had been telling him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5Although Herod wanted to kill John, he was afraid of the people, because they considered him a prophet.…
Cross References
Leviticus 18:16
You must not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would shame your brother.

Leviticus 20:21
If a man marries his brother's wife, it is an act of impurity. He has uncovered the nakedness of his brother; they shall be childless.

Proverbs 28:4
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them.

Mark 6:18
For John had been telling Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife!"

Treasury of Scripture

For John said to him, It is not lawful for you to have her.

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.

Deuteronomy 25:5,6
If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her…







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

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

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

him,
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 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.

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

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

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

her.”
αὐτήν (autēn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Feminine 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.
(4) For John said unto him.--The Jewish historian (Ant. xviii. 5, ? 2) states more generally that Antipas was afraid lest some popular outbreak should be the result of the preaching of the Baptist, working on the excitable peasantry of Galilee.

Verse 4. - For John said unto him, It is not lawful (οὐκ ἔξεστιν, Matthew 12:2) for thee to have her. Herod Philip being still alive. Bengel remarks, "Causas matrimoniales non possunt plane abdicare theologi." Was he thinking of Luther's unfortunate advice to Philip of Hesse? 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.
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