Matthew 14:4

“For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For Iohn said vnto him, It is not lawfull for thee to haue her.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For John had been saying to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because John had said to him, It is not right for you to have her.
- Basic English Bible

For John said to him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.
- Darby Bible

For John had said to him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.
- Webster's Bible

because John had persistently said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
- Weymouth Bible

For John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
- World English Bible

For Joon seide to him, It is not leueful to thee to haue hir.
- Wycliffe Bible

for John was saying to him, `It is not lawful to thee to have her,'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 14:4


14:4 It is not lawful for thee to have her - It was not lawful indeed for either of them to have her. For her father Aristobulus was their own brother. John's words were rough, like his raiment. He would not break the force of truth by using soft words, even to a king.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 14:4


Mt 14:4 It is not lawful for thee to have her. The marriage was unlawful for these three reasons: (1) The former husband of Herodias (Philip) was still living. (2) The former wife of Antipas was still living. (3) Besides, the Jewish law did not permit a man to marry his niece.

Discussion for Matthew 14:4

  • Enyinnaya Cosmos for verse 4
    Sometimes, when power is vested on some people,they will like to use it as a source of influence towards others who fall under their authority. Like Herod who was a roman king to Judea.He took his brother 's wife while his brother was still living.this is not good to be seen among christians.John told him that that was unfair to have his brother 's wife while the husband was alive.Herod knew it was also wrong to do that.and He imprisoned John so as not to be implicated.
  • It not common nowadays to marry and only follow the one family advice in marriage because cultures are no longer original. Ethnicity has changed with a bit of Christian. Isnít right to marry a non-believer?
  • MZ. NETTE for verse 4
    I AGREE

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