Matthew 14:5
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New International Version
Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.

King James Bible
And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

Darby Bible Translation
And [while] desiring to kill him, he feared the crowd, because they held him for a prophet.

World English Bible
When he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

Young's Literal Translation
and, willing to kill him, he feared the multitude, because as a prophet they were holding him.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He feared the multitude - Miserable prince! who fears more to offend his people, than to sin against his God, by shedding innocent blood. When a man resists sin only by the help of human motives, he cannot long defend himself.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

when.

Mark 6:19,20 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not...

Mark 14:1,2 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread...

Acts 4:21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people...

Acts 5:26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people...

because.

Matthew 21:26,32 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet...

Mark 11:30-32 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me...

Luke 20:6 But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.

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
Jeremiah 26:21
When King Jehoiakim and all his officers and officials heard his words, the king was determined to put him to death. But Uriah heard of it and fled in fear to Egypt.

Matthew 11:9
Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

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