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Matthew 14:12

    Matthew 14:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And his disciples came, and took up the corpse, and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And his disciples came, and took up his body and put it in the earth; and they went and gave Jesus news of what had taken place.

    Webster's Revision

    And his disciples came, and took up the corpse, and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

    World English Bible

    His disciples came, and took the body, and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And his disciples came, and took up the corpse, and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 14:12

    His disciples came, and took up the Body - The Head was in the possession of Herodias, who, 'tis probable, took a diabolic pleasure in viewing that speechless mouth which had often been the cause of planting thorns in her criminal bed; and in offering indignities to that tongue from which she could no longer dread a reproof. Her character justifies every bad conjecture that can well be formed on this head: and St. Jerome positively says that, when she got it, she drew out the tongue, and thrust it through with her bodkin. On the whole we may observe: -

    That the diversions of the world, feasting and dancing, are but too commonly the occasions of sin. After so fatal an example as this, can we doubt whether balls are not snares for souls; destructive of chastity, modesty, and sometimes even of humanity itself; and a pernicious invention to excite the most criminal passions! How many on such occasions have sacrificed their chastity, and then, to hide their shame, have stifled the feelings of the human being and the parent, and, by direct or indirect means, have put a period to the innocent offspring of their connections! Unhappy mother, who exposes her daughter to the same shipwreck herself has suffered, and makes her own child the instrument of her lust and revenge! Behold here, ye professedly religious parents, the fruits of what was doubtless called in those times, elegant breeding and accomplished dancing! Fix your eyes on that vicious mother, that prostituted daughter, and especially on that murdered ambassador of God, and then send your children to genteel boarding-schools, to learn the accomplishment of Dancing! where the fear of God makes no part of the education.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 14:12

    And his disciples ... - The head was with Herodias.

    The body, with pious care, they buried.

    And went and told Jesus - This was done, probably, for the following reasons:

    1. It was an important event, and one particularly connected with the work of Jesus. John was his forerunner, and it was important that he should be made acquainted with his death.

    2. It is not unreasonable to suppose that in their affliction they came to him for consolation; nor is it improper in our affliction to follow their example, and go and tell Jesus.

    3. Their master had been slain by a cruel king. Jesus was engaged in the same cause, and they probably supposed that he was in danger. They therefore came to warn him of it, and he Matthew 14:13 sought a place of safety.