But Herod the tetrarch being reproved by him
By John, as the Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions add:
for Herodias his brother Philip's wife;
for taking her to wife, whilst his brother Philip was living. The account, which the Jewish chronologer F24 gives, of this Herod, and of this fact of his, and John's reproving him for it, and the consequence of it, perfectly agrees with this of the evangelist.
``Herod Antipater, and there are some that call him, (yqrjyj) "the tetrarch", was a son of Herod the first, and brother of Archelaus'; and he was the third king of the family of Herod; and he was very wicked, and a destroying man: many of the wise men of Israel he slew with the sword; and he took the wife of his brother Philip, whilst he was alive, to himself for wife; and John, the high priest, because (wxykwh) , "he reproved him" for this, he slew him with the sword, with many of the wise men of Israel.''And John reproved him not only for this sin, but others:
and for all the evils which Herod had done;
his revellings, debaucheries, murders all which John, in great faithfulness, and with much freedom, told him and rebuked him for: for Herod had had a particular respect for him, and often had him with him, and heard him gladly, when John had an opportunity of speaking personally to him.
F24 Ganz. Tzemach David, par, 1. fol. 25. 2.