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Matthew 14:1

    Matthew 14:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    At that season Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    At that time news of Jesus came to Herod the king;

    Webster's Revision

    At that season Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,

    World English Bible

    At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    At that season Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 14:1

    Herod the tetrarch - This was Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great. See the notes on Matthew 2:1, where an account is given of the Herod family. The word tetrarch properly signifies a person who rules over the fourth part of a country; but it is taken in a more general sense by the Jewish writers, meaning sometimes a governor simply, or a king; see Matthew 14:9. The estates of Herod the Great were not, at his death, divided into four tetrarchies, but only into three: one was given by the Emperor Augustus to Archelaus; the second to Herod Antipas, the person in the text; and the third to Philip: all three, sons of Herod the Great.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 14:1

    Herod the tetrarch - See also Mark 6:14-16; Luke 9:7-9. This was a son of Herod the Great. Herod the Great died probably in the first year after the birth of Christ, and left his kingdom to his three sons, of whom this "Herod Antipas" was one. He ruled over Galilee and Perea. See the notes at Matthew 2:15. The title "tetrarch" literally denotes one who rules over a "fourth" part of any country. It came, however, to signify the governor or ruler of any province subject to the Roman emperor - Robinson, Lexicon.

    Heard of the fame of Jesus - Jesus had been a considerable time engaged in the work of the ministry, and it may seem remarkable that he had not before heard of him. Herod might, however, have been absent on some expedition to a remote part of the country. It is to be remembered, also, that he was a man of much dissoluteness of morals, and that he paid little attention to the affairs of the people. He might have heard of Jesus before, but it had not arrested his attention. He did not think it a matter worthy of much regard.