Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentMatthew 11:2
- John heard in the prison (o de Iwanhv akousav en twi desmwthriwi).
- Probably (Luke 7:18) the raising of the son of the widow of Nain. The word for prison here is the place where one was kept bound (Acts 5:21,23; 16:26). See Matthew 4:12. It was in Machaerus east of the Dead Sea which at this time belonged to the rule of Herod Antipas (Jos. Ant. XVIII. v.2). John's disciples had access to him. So he sent word by (dia, not duo as in Luke 7:19) them to Jesus.