New International Version
for John had been saying to him: "It is not lawful for you to have her."
King James Bible
For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.
Darby Bible Translation
For John said to him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.
World English Bible
For John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
Young's Literal Translation
for John was saying to him, 'It is not lawful to thee to have her,'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. - Here is an instance of zeal, fidelity, and courage, highly worthy of imitation. Plainness, mildness, and modesty, are qualifications necessary to be observed when we reprove the great. The best service a subject can render his prince is to lay before him, in the plainest but most respectful manner, what the law of God requires of him, and what it forbids. How unutterable must the punishment of those be who are chaplains to princes, or great men, and who either flatter them in their vices, or wink at their sins!
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"'Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would dishonor your brother.
"'If a man marries his brother's wife, it is an act of impurity; he has dishonored his brother. They will be childless.
Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.
For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
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