Matthew 14:3

3 Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,

Read Matthew 14:3 Using Other Translations

For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.
For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,
For Herod had arrested and imprisoned John as a favor to his wife Herodias (the former wife of Herod’s brother Philip).

What does Matthew 14:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 14:3

For Herod had laid hold on John
By his servants, whom he sent to apprehend him:

and bound him;
laid him in chains, as if he was a malefactor;

and put him in prison,
in the castle of Machaerus F4,

for Herodias's sake;
who was angry with him, had a bitter quarrel against him, and by whose instigation all this was done; who was

his brother Philip's wife.
This Herodias was the daughter of Aristobulus, son to Herod the Great F5, and brother to Philip, and to this Herod; so that she was niece to them both; and first married the one, and then the other, whilst the former was living. Philip and this Herod were both sons of Herod the Great, but not by the same woman; Philip was born of Cleopatra of Jerusalem, and Herod Antipas of Malthace, a Samaritan F6; so that Philip was his brother by his father's side, but not by his mother's; the Evangelist Mark adds, "for he had married her": the case was this, Herod being sent for to Rome, called at his brother Philip's by the way, where he fell into an amorous intrigue with his wife, and agreed, upon his return, to take her with him and marry her; as he accordingly did, and divorced his own wife, who was daughter of Aretas, king of Arabia Petraea; which occasioned a war between Herod and his wife's father, in which the former was beaten F7,


F4 Joseph. Antiqu. 1. 18. c. 7.
F5 Ib. c. 6.
F6 Joseph. Antiqu. 1. 18. c. 6. de Bello Jud. l. 1. c. 28. sect. 7.
F7 Joseph. Antiqu. 1. 18. c. 6.
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