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Mark 6:27 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And straightway the king sent forth a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring his head: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded [him] to bring [back] his head. And he went and had him beheaded in the prison,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And immediately the king, having sent one of the guard, ordered his head to be brought. And he went out and beheaded him in the prison,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And the king, straightway, sending off a guard, gave orders to bring his head.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and immediately the king having sent a guardsman, did command his head to be brought,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But sending an executioner, he commanded that his head should be brought in a dish.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And immediatly the king sent an executioner, and commaunded his head to be brought, and he went, and beheaded him in the prison,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But the king despatched at once a sentinel, and commanded that he should bring the head of Juchanon. And he went and cut off the head of Juchanon in the house of the bound,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— and the king sent immediately an executioner, and commanded [him] to bring the head of John. And he went, and struck off the head of John in the prison;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
immediately 2112
{2112} Prime
εὐθέως
eutheos
{yoo-theh'-oce}
Adverb from G2117; directly, that is, at once or soon.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
king 935
{0935} Prime
βασιλεύς
basileus
{bas-il-yooce'}
Probably from G0939 (through the notion of a foundation of power); a sovereign (abstractly, relatively or figuratively).
sent 649
{0649} Prime
ἀποστέλλω
apostello
{ap-os-tel'-lo}
From G0575 and G4724; set apart, that is, (by implication) to send out (properly on a mission) literally or figuratively.
z5660
<5660> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 714
an executioner, 4688
{4688} Prime
σπεκουλάτωρ
spekoulator
{spek-oo-lat'-ore}
Of Latin origin; a speculator, that is, military scout (spy or [by extension] life guardsman).
and commanded 2004
{2004} Prime
ἐπιτάσσω
epitasso
{ep-ee-tas'-so}
From G1909 and G5021; to arrange upon, that is, order.
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
his 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
head 2776
{2776} Prime
κεφαλή
kephale
{kef-al-ay'}
Probably from the primary word κάπτω [[kapto]] (in the sense of seizing); the head (as the part most readily taken hold of), literally or figuratively.
to be brought: 5342
{5342} Prime
φέρω
phero
{fer'-o}
A primary verb (for which other and apparently not cognate ones are used in certain tenses only; namely οἴω [[oio]], {oy'-o}; and ἐνέγκω [[enegko]], {en-eng'-ko}); to 'bear' or carry (in a very wide application, literally and figuratively.
z5683
<5683> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 159
and 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
he x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
went 565
{0565} Prime
ἀπέρχομαι
aperchomai
{ap-erkh'-om-ahee}
From G0575 and G2064; to go off (that is, depart), aside (that is, apart) or behind (that is, follow), literally or figuratively.
z5631
<5631> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 889
and beheaded 607
{0607} Prime
ἀποκεφαλίζω
apokephalizo
{ap-ok-ef-al-id'-zo}
From G0575 and G2776; to decapitate.
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
him 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
prison, 5438
{5438} Prime
φυλακή
phulake
{foo-lak-ay'}
From G5442; a guarding or (concretely guard), the act, the parson; figuratively the place, the condition, or (specifically) the time (as a division of day or night), literally or figuratively.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Mark 6:27

_ _ And immediately the king sent an executioner — one of the guards in attendance. The word is Roman, denoting one of the Imperial Guard.

_ _ and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison — after, it would seem, more than twelve months’ imprisonment. Blessed martyr! Dark and cheerless was the end reserved for thee: but now thou hast thy Master’s benediction, “Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me” (Matthew 11:6), and hast found the life thou gavest away (Matthew 10:39). But where are they in whose skirts is found thy blood?

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Mark 6:14-29.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Mark 6:27

And immediately the king sent an (q) executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

(q) The word signifies one that bears a short lance, and the king's guard was so called because they bore short lances.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the king:

Matthew 14:10-11 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. ... And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought [it] to her mother.

an executioner:
or, one of his guard, Σπεκουλατωρ [Strong's G4688], in Latin, speculator, from speculor, to look about, spy, properly denotes a sentinel; and as these sentinels kept guard at the palaces of kings, and the residences of Roman governors, so they were employed in other offices besides guarding, and usually performed that of executioners. As, however, we learn from Josephus, that Herod was at this very time engaged in war with Aretas, king of Arabia, in consequence of Herod's having divorced his daughter in order to marry Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; and as this event occurred at an entertainment given at the castle of Machaerus, while his army was on its march against his father-in-law; we are furnished with an additional reason why a speculator, or sentinel, should have been employed as an executioner; and are thus enabled to discover such a latent and undesigned coincidence as clearly evinces the truth of the evangelical narrative.
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