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The king that Jesus referred to as a fox is Herod “The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected” (Luke 13:31-32). King Herod was called a fox as a reference to his craftiness, selfishness and the desire to attack his enemies.
Apparently this incident took place within the domain of king Herod Antipas, which included Galilee and Peraea ( Ch. 3:1). Inasmuch as Jesus had, a number of weeks prior to this, taken His final departure from Galilee (Matt. 19:1, 2), He now must have been in Peraea.
It was approximately a year prior to this that king Herod had taken the life of John the Baptist (Mark 6:14–29). In view of the awe in which king Herod held Jesus (Matt. 14:1, 2), and his desire to see Him (Luke 23:8), it is most unlikely that he actually sought Jesus’ life.
Apparently the Pharisees used these words in an attempt to frighten Jesus out of Peraea into Judea, where they could lay hands on Him themselves. For nearly two years the Jewish leaders had been plotting His death (John 11:53, 54, 57; Matt. 15:21), and the Jews had recently tried twice to stone Him (John 8:59; 10:31; 11:8).
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