Matthew 14:6
New International Version
On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much

New Living Translation
But at a birthday party for Herod, Herodias’s daughter performed a dance that greatly pleased him,

English Standard Version
But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod,

Berean Study Bible
On Herod’s birthday, however, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod

Berean Literal Bible
But on the birthday of Herod having been celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and pleased Herod,

King James Bible
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

New King James Version
But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod.

New American Standard Bible
But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod,

NASB 1995
But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod,

NASB 1977
But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod.

Amplified Bible
But when Herod’s birthday came, [his niece Salome], the daughter of Herodias danced [immodestly] before them and pleased and fascinated Herod,

Christian Standard Bible
When Herod’s birthday celebration came, Herodias’s daughter danced before them and pleased Herod.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But when Herod’s birthday celebration came, Herodias’s daughter danced before them and pleased Herod.

American Standard Version
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and pleased Herod.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when Herodus' birthday came, the daughter of Herodia danced before the dinner guests and she pleased Herodus.

Contemporary English Version
When Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests. She pleased Herod

Douay-Rheims Bible
But on Herod's birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before them: and pleased Herod.

English Revised Version
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and pleased Herod.

Good News Translation
On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced in front of the whole group. Herod was so pleased

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Herod celebrated his birthday, Herodias' daughter danced for his guests. Herod was so delighted with her that

International Standard Version
But when Herod's birthday celebration was held, the daughter of Herodias danced before the guests. She pleased Herod

Literal Standard Version
But the birthday of Herod being kept, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and pleased Herod,

NET Bible
But on Herod's birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod,

New Heart English Bible
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced among them and pleased Herod.

Weymouth New Testament
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before all the company, and so pleased Herod

World English Bible
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced among them and pleased Herod.

Young's Literal Translation
But the birthday of Herod being kept, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and did please Herod,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Beheading of John
5Although Herod wanted to kill John, he was afraid of the people, because they regarded John as a prophet. 6On Herod’s birthday, however, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod 7so much that he promised with an oath to give to her whatever she asked.…

Cross References
Genesis 40:20
On the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, he held a feast for all his officials, and in their presence he lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker.

Matthew 14:3
Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,

Matthew 14:7
so much that he promised with an oath to give to her whatever she asked.

Mark 6:14
Now King Herod heard about this, for Jesus' name had become well known, and people were saying, "John the Baptist has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him."

Mark 6:17
For 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.

Mark 6:19
So Herodias held a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she had been unable,

Mark 8:15
"Watch out!" He cautioned them. "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod."


Treasury of Scripture

But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

birth-day.

Genesis 40:20
And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

Esther 1:2-9
That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace, …

Esther 2:18
Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even Esther's feast; and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.

the daughter.

Matthew 22:24
Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

danced.

Esther 1:10-12
On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, …

before them.









(6) Herod's birthday.--Some critics have looked on the feast as one commemorating Herod's accession--his birth-day as a ruler; but there seems no reason for not accepting the word in its simple natural sense. Such feasts were common enough in the imperial life at Rome, and that of Herod's birthday had become proverbial even there (Persius, Sat. v., i. 180).

The daughter of Herodias danced before them.--Dances in filmy garments that but half concealed the form, commonly of an impure or voluptuous nature, were common enough both at Eastern and Roman banquets, the guests being simply spectators. But the dancers were for the most part women who made it their calling, like the nautch-girls of India; and it was a new thing, at which every decent Jew would shudder, for the daughter of a kingly house to come-thus into a shameless publicity and expose herself to the gaze of the banqueters, including as they did the chief captains and chiliarchs of the Roman legions, as well as Herod's own courtiers and the chief men of the province (Mark 6:21). But Herodias, it would seem, knew the tetrarch's weak point as well as Madame du Barry knew that of Louis XV. of France, and sought to bend him to her will, even though it were by the sacrifice of her daughter's modesty. She danced before them--literally, in the midst of them--as they reclined on their couches indolently gazing. Her name is given by Josephus (Ant. xviii. 5, ? 4) as Salome.

Verse 6. - But when Herod's birthday was kept; came (Revised Version); γενεσίοις δὲ γενομένοις τοῦ Ἡρῴδου, dative of time (Winer, § 31:9), with the addition of a participle. Birthday. So "Pharaoh's birthday" (Genesis 40:20, ἡμέρα γενέσεως). Thayer's Grimm refers to "Alciphr. Epp. 3, 18, and 55; Dio Cass., 47, 18, etc.," for γενέσια being used in the same sense. The Talmudic גיניסיא (see Levy, s.v.) apparently represents the same word, and (preceded by יום) has the same meaning (cf. Schurer, I. 2:27). Possibly Jews found γενέσια an easier word to pronounce than the more classical γενέσλια. The daughter of Herodias; i.e. Salome, daughter of Herod Philip and Herodias; she afterwards married her half uncle, Philip the tetrarch (ver. 3, note). She could not now be less than seventeen or eighteen years old (cf. Gutschmid, in Schurer, I. 2:28), so, in the East, could only just be still called a κοράσιον (ver. 11). Mark's text (like the Greek of Codex Bezae here) speaks of her as though she herself was called Herodias, and was the daughter of Antipas and Herodias; but the issue of this union could not then have been more than two years old (Schurer, loc. cit.). Besides, the trait mentioned by Mark (Mark 6:25), that she came back with haste to the king, asking for the head of the Baptist, implies that she was more than a child. Rendel Harris ('Texts and Studies,' II. 1. p. 68) suggests that the confusion is due to an early Latinization of the Greek from an ambiguous ejus. Danced. Probably with the same kind of voluptuous dance as that of the Egyptian almd described by Warburton ('Crescent and Cross,' chap. 14.). But that a member of the royal family should so dance before a company must have been almost unheard cf. Before them; in the midst (Revised Version). Matthew only. Such a dance with men sitting round would be specially abhorrent to the Jewish mind. And pleased Herod. And of course, as St. Mark adds, "them that sat with him" (cf. ver. 9).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
On
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Herod’s
Ἡρῴδου (Hērōdou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2264: Compound of heros and eidos; heroic; Herod, the name of four Jewish kings.

birthday,
Γενεσίοις (Genesiois)
Noun - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's 1077: A birthday celebration. Neuter plural of a derivative of genesis; birthday ceremonies.

however,
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

daughter
θυγάτηρ (thygatēr)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2364: Apparently a primary word; a female child, or descendant.

of Herodias
Ἡρῳδιάδος (Hērōdiados)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 2266: From Herodes; Herodias, a woman of the Heodian family.

danced
ὠρχήσατο (ōrchēsato)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 3738: To dance. Middle voice from orchos; to dance.

before them,
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

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

pleased
ἤρεσεν (ēresen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 700: To please, with the idea of willing service rendered to others; hence almost: I serve. Probably from airo; to be agreeable.

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


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