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Matthew 4:12

Jesus Begins to Preach

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee.

Read Matthew 4:12 Using Other Translations

Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee.
When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he left Judea and returned to Galilee.

What does Matthew 4:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 4:12

Now, when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison,
&c.] John was cast into prison by Herod; the reason of it may be seen in ( Matthew 14:3 Matthew 14:4 ) . The prison into which he was cast, according to Josephus F19, was the castle of Machaeras: here he continued some time before he was put to death; for from hence he sent two disciples to Jesus, to know if he was the Messiah, ( Matthew 11:2 ) . Now when Jesus heard of this his imprisonment,

he departed into Galilee;
not so much on account of safety, or for fear of Herod, but to call his disciples, who lived in that country.


FOOTNOTES:

F19 Antiq. l. 18. c. 7.
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