New International Version
But Herod said, "I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?" And he tried 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.
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.
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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
By him - This is omitted by BCDL, two others, the Coptic, Sahidic, Armenian, and four of the Itala. It is probable that Luke might have written, Herod, hearing of all the things that were done, etc.; but Matthew says particularly, that it was the fame of Jesus of which he heard: Matthew 14:1.
He was perplexed; - He was greatly perplexed διηπορει· from δια emphat. and απορεω, I am in perplexity. It is a metaphor taken from a traveler, who in his journey meets with several paths, one only of which leads to the place whither he would go; and, not knowing which to take, he is distressed with perplexity and doubt. The verb comes from α, negative, and πορος, a way or passage. A guilty conscience is a continual pest: - Herod had murdered John, and he is terribly afraid, lest he should arise from the dead, and bring his deeds to light, and expose him to that punishment which he deserved. See Mark 6:16.
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LibrarySelf-Denial Versus Self-Assertion.
"If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.--LUKE ix. 23. We might naturally have thought that if there was one thing in the life of the LORD JESUS CHRIST which belonged to Him alone, it was His cross-bearing. To guard against so natural a mistake, the HOLY GHOST has taken care in gospel and in epistle to draw our special attention to the oneness of the believer with CHRIST in cross-bearing; and also to prevent misunderstanding as to the character …
J. Hudson Taylor—A Ribband of Blue
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Christ's Cross and Ours
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When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort.
Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death.
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