New International Version
He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.
King James Bible
And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
Darby Bible Translation
and slew James, the brother of John, with the sword.
World English Bible
He killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.
Young's Literal Translation
and he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He killed James the brother of John with the sword - This was James the greater, son of Zebedee, and must be distinguished from James the less, son of Alpheus. This latter was put to death by Ananias the high priest, during the reign of Nero. This James with his brother John were those who requested to sit on the right and left hand of our Lord, see Matthew 20:23; and our Lord's prediction was now fulfilled in one of them, who by his martyrdom drank of our Lord's cup, and was baptized with his baptism. By the death of James, the number of the apostles was reduced to eleven; and we do not find that ever it was filled up. The apostles never had any successors: God has continued their doctrine, but not their order.
By killing with the sword we are to understand beheading. Among the Jews there were four kinds of deaths:
3. killing with the sword, or beheading; and,
The third was a Roman as well as a Jewish mode of punishment. Killing with the sword was the punishment which, according to the Talmud, was inflicted on those who drew away the people to any strange worship, Sanhedr. fol. iii. James was probably accused of this, and hence the punishment mentioned in the text.
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Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,
Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father."
"We can," they answered. Jesus said to them, "You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,
It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.
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