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Herod's Oath

The Herods were consistent enemies of Christianity. Herod The Great tried to have Christ killed at the time of His birth. His son, Herod Antipas, was the Herod that spoke with Jesus Christ after His arrest and who sent Him back to Pontius Pilate for a wrongful death sentence. Herod Agrippa I was the grandson of Herod the Great who had the apostle James executed. Herod Arippa II was great-grandson of Herod the Great to whom the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) was brought after his arrest.

"He promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask"

Herod Antipas not only presided over the execution of Jesus Christ. He also had John the Baptist beheaded after he arrested John for publicly rebuking Herod's unlawful marriage to his adulterous/incestuous sister-in-law/niece Herodias (Herodias was first married to her uncle, her father's half-brother Philip, with whom she had a daughter named Salome; Herodias later left Philip and married Herod Antipas, Philip's brother, thereby making her the wife of two of her uncles) i.e. "14:3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife" (Matthew 14:3 KJV).


"14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, 14:2 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist [see John's Last Days]; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do show forth themselves in him.

14:3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison [see Machaerus] for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. 14:4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. 14:5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

14:6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. 14:7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. 14:8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger [see Chargers]. 14:9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. 14:10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison [see also Beheadings]. 14:11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. 14:12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus." (Matthew 14:1-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: Were Jesus Christ and John the prophet (see The Elijah To Come) both born of a miracle?
See The Other Miraculous Birth

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