Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
It was because Herod was afraid of John, knowing he was a righteous and holy man, so he protected him. And Herod became very disturbed whenever he listened to John, yet he heard him gladly.
And they [i.e., the leading priests and experts in the Law of Moses] attempted to arrest Jesus, but [hesitated because] they feared what the crowd might do, for they understood that He was speaking the parable against them. So, they left Him and went away.
Now Herod wanted to have him put to death, [but hesitated], fearing the crowd, because they considered John to be a prophet.
When they attempted to arrest Him, [they hesitated because] they feared [what] the crowds [might do], since they considered Jesus a prophet.
Then the experts in the law of Moses and the leading priests attempted to arrest Jesus right away, [but hesitated] because they feared [what] the people [might do], since they perceived that He had spoken this parable against them.
And the leading priests and experts in the law of Moses were looking for a way to kill Jesus because they were afraid of the people [i.e., that people would riot if it were done during the Festival. See Matt. 26:5].
[Immediately] the captain, with his officers, went [to the Temple] and brought the apostles back again, but did not use any violence because they feared that the people might stone them.
[People from] Jerusalem and all over Judea and the region around the Jordan River all went out [to the desert] to [hear] him,
Which of these two sons did what his father wanted?" They answered, "The first one." Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, tax collectors and prostitutes [will] enter the kingdom of God ahead of you.
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I will say [he is], and much more than a prophet.
But if we say 'from men,' all the people will stone us, for they are convinced that John was a prophet."
Many people came to Him and were saying, "It is true that John did not perform any [miraculous] signs, but everything he said about this man was true."