New American Standard Bible
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod,
King James Bible
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.
Darby Bible Translation
But when Herod's birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod;
World English Bible
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced among them and pleased Herod.
Young's Literal Translation
But the birthday of Herod being kept, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and did please Herod,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
See also Mark 6:21-29. But when Herod's birthday was come Kings were accustomed to observe the day of their birth with much pomp, and commonly, also, by giving a feast to their principal nobility. See Genesis 40:20. Mark adds that this birthday was kept by making a supper to his "lords, high captains, and chief estates in Galilee;" that is to the chief men in office. "High captains" means, in the original, commanders of thousands, or of a division of 1,000 people.
The daughter of Herodias - That is, "Salome," her daughter by her former husband. This was a violation of all the rules of modesty and propriety. One great principle of all eastern nations is to keep their females from public view. For this purpose they are confined in a particular part of the house, called the harem. See the notes at Matthew 9:1-8. If they appear in public, it is always with a veil, so closely drawn that their faces cannot be seen. No modest woman would have appeared in this manner before the court, and it is probable, therefore, that she partook of the dissolute principles of her mother. It is also probable that the dance was one well known in Greece - the lascivious and wanton dance of the Ionics.
LibraryPeter on the Waves
'And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.'--MATT. xiv. 28. We owe this account of an episode in the miracle of Christ's walking on the waters to Matthew alone. Singularly enough there is no reference to Peter's venturesomeness and failure in the Gospel which is generally believed to have been written under his special inspection and suggestion. Mark passes by that part of the narrative without a word. That may be because Peter was somewhat ashamed …
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Be of Good Cheer.
The Rationalistic Explanation.
Thus it came about on the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants.
For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip.
so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
And King Herod heard of it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying, "John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him."
For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her.
Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so;
And He was giving orders to them, saying, "Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod."
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