Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger…
This statement has been interpreted to mean that he was Herod's foster-brother, and the Vulgate translates the term by one which signifies "fed from the same breast." But all that is implied is that Manaen and Herod were companions in studies and amusements. In the same household Joanna the wife of Chuza the steward was a believer in Christ. Thus early had the Word of God been known and acknowledged in a royal court. God indeed has had from the first those in all ranks who served Him — Moses, Obadiah, Daniel, and the "saints in Caesar's household." As now, so it has ever been, those with the same advantages make a different use of them. Manaen, numbered amongst the first ministers of the Church; Herod, remembered for his part in the murder of John and Christ.
(W. Denton, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.