He had James, the brother of John, executed with a sword. 1
He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.
And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword.
He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword.
He murdered James, John's brother.
And he put James, the brother of John, to death with the sword.
He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword.
Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
with the sword
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, the brother
with a sword.
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1 sn The expression executed with a sword probably refers to a beheading. James was the first known apostolic martyr (Eusebius, Eccl. Hist. 2.9.1-3). On James, not the Lord’s brother, see Luke 5:10; 6:14. This death ended a short period of peace noted in Acts 9:31 after the persecution mentioned in 8:1-3.