Matthew 14:4
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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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Clarke'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!

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 18:16 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother's wife: it is your brother's nakedness.

Leviticus 20:21 And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he has uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.

Deuteronomy 25:5,6 If brothers dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without to a stranger...

2 Samuel 12:7 And Nathan said to David, You are the man. Thus said the LORD God of Israel, I anointed you king over Israel...

1 Kings 21:19 And you shall speak to him, saying, Thus said the LORD, Have you killed, and also taken possession? And you shall speak to him, saying...

2 Chronicles 26:18,19 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said to him, It appertains not to you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD...

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Mark 6:18 For John had said to Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.

Acts 24:24,25 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul...

Library
July 23. "Bring them Hither to Me" (Matt. xiv. 18).
"Bring them hither to Me" (Matt. xiv. 18). Why have ye not received all the fulness of the Holy Spirit? And how may we be anointed with "the rest of the oil?" The greatest need is to make room when God makes it. Look around you at your situation. Are you not encompassed with needs at this very moment, and almost overwhelmed with difficulties, trials and emergencies? These are all divinely provided vessels for the Holy Spirit to fill, and if you would but rightly understand their meaning, they would
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Martyrdom of John
'At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, 2. And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. 3. For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. 4. For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. 5. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. 6.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

First Withdrawal from Herod's Territory and Return.
(Spring, a.d. 29.) Subdivision B. Feeding the Five Thousand. ^A Matt. XIV. 13-21; ^B Mark VI. 33-44; ^C Luke IX. 11-17; ^D John VI. 2-14. ^c 11 But { ^a and} the multitudes heard thereof [heard of Jesus and his disciples crossing the lake], ^b 33 And they saw them going, and ^c perceiving it, ^b many knew them, ^d 2 And a great multitude followed him, because they beheld the signs which he did on them that were sick. ^b and they ran together there on foot from all the cities, and outwent them. ^a
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

The Miraculous Feeding of the Five Thousand
In the circumstances described in the previous chapter, Jesus resolved at once to leave Capernaum; and this probably alike for the sake of His disciples, who needed rest; for that of the people, who might have attempted a rising after the murder of the Baptist; and temporarily to withdraw Himself and His followers from the power of Herod. For this purpose He chose the place outside the dominions of Antipas, nearest to Capernaum. This was Beth-Saida (the house of fishing,' Fisher-town,' [3198] as
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Cross References
Leviticus 18:16
"'Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would dishonor your brother.

Leviticus 20:21
"'If a man marries his brother's wife, it is an act of impurity; he has dishonored his brother. They will be childless.

Proverbs 28:4
Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.

Mark 6:18
For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."

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