The Passion Translation
2 He told his officials, “This man has to be John the Baptizer who has come back from the dead. That’s why he has this power to work miracles.”[a]
3 For Herod had earlier arrested John for confronting him over taking the wife of his brother Philip. He had John thrown in prison and placed in chains 4 because John had repeatedly said to him, “It’s not legal or proper for you to be married to Herodias, your sister-in-law!”[b]Read full chapter
- Matthew 14:2 The Aramaic is “This is why powers are emanating from him.” Herod believed that it was the spirit of John working through Jesus, not the Spirit of God.
- Matthew 14:4 Herod Antipas wanted to take his brother’s wife so he divorced his wife, a Nabatean princess, and Herodias divorced Philip so they could marry each other. This was why John confronted Herod. See Lev. 18:16.