And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead…
The issues of the act are not all seen immediately. But it is worth noting them.
1. There is the terror that seizes him. Haunted with feeling that he is not done with the prophet yet.
2. He gains nothing by the murder, for no sooner is John slain than Jesus rises ominously on his horizon.
3. He seals in death the only lips that could teach him the way of mercy.
4. All his improvement at once evaporates, and he lives to mock the Saviour (Luke 23:11).
5. The woman whom he gratified at such a cost became his ruin. Her ambition moved her to long for a higher title for Herod than that of tetrarch. Against his own judgment Herod permitted himself to be overborne, and going to Rome to ask for higher honour he found himself accused before Caligula. They were banished to Gaul, and died in obscurity and dishonour.
Parallel VersesKJV: And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.