He was tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea during the whole period of our Lord’s life on Earth (Luke 23:7). He was a frivolous and vain man, and was guilty of many infamous crimes (Mark 8:15; Luke 3:19; 13:31-32).
He beheaded John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1-12) at the instigation of Herodias, the wife of his half-brother Herod Philip I, whom he had married. Pilate sent Christ to him when he was at Jerusalem at the Passover (Luke 23:7). He asked him some idle questions, and after having him mocked, sent him back again to Pilate.