The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 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.