20Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.
20 Verse 20. They are dead] Both Herod and Antipater his son;
though some think the plural is here used for the singular, and
that the death of Herod alone is here intended. But as Herod's
son Antipater was at this time heir apparent to the throne, and he
had cleared his way to it by procuring the death of both his elder
brothers, he is probably alluded to here, as doubtless he entered
into his father's designs. THEY are dead-Antipater was put to
death by his father's command, five days before this execrable
tyrant went to his own place. See Josephus, Antiq. xvi. 11; xvii.