New Living Translation
John had been telling Herod, "It is against God's law for you to marry 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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
14:4 It is not lawful for thee to have her - It was not lawful indeed for either of them to have her. For her father Aristobulus was their own brother. John's words were rough, like his raiment. He would not break the force of truth by using soft words, even to a king.
LibraryAgain on Matt. xiv. 25: of the Lord Walking on the Waves of the Sea, and of Peter Tottering.
1. The Gospel which has just been read touching the Lord Christ, who walked on the waters of the sea;  and the Apostle Peter, who as he was walking, tottered through fear, and sinking in distrust, rose again by confession, gives us to understand that the sea is the present world, and the Apostle Peter the type of the One Church. For Peter in the order of Apostles first, and in the love of Christ most forward, answers oftentimes alone for all the rest. Again, when the Lord Jesus Christ asked, …
Saint Augustine—sermons on selected lessons of the new testament
On the Words of the Gospel, Matt. xiv. 24, "But the Boat was Now in the Midst of the Sea, Distressed by the Waves. "
Mr. Fearing Comforted
First Withdrawal from Herod's Territory and Return.
"Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife, for this would violate your brother.
"If a man marries his brother's wife, it is an act of impurity. He has violated his brother, and the guilty couple will remain childless.
To reject the law is to praise the wicked; to obey the law is to fight them.
John had been telling Herod, "It is against God's law for you to marry your brother's wife."
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