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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Matthew 14:2

His servants (toiv paisin autou).
Literally "boys," but here the courtiers, not the menials of the palace.

Work in him (energousin).
Cf. our "energize." "The powers of the invisible world, vast and vague in the king's imagination" (Bruce). John wrought no miracles, but one redivivus might be under the control of the unseen powers. So Herod argued. A guilty conscience quickened his fears. Possibly he could see again the head of John on a charger. "The King has the Baptist on the brain" (Bruce). Cf. Josephus (War, I. xxx. 7) for the story that the ghosts of Alexander and Aristobulus haunted the palace of Herod the Great. There were many conjectures about Jesus as a result of this tour of Galilee and Herod Antipas feared this one.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Matthew 14:2". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=014&verse=002>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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