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.
Matthew 14:5 Parallel
CommentaryClarke'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.
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LibraryJuly 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 …
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First Withdrawal from Herod's Territory and Return.
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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.
Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
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