Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
OBSERVE . Mark 6:20 ‘Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him.’ The meaning of the Eng. word ‘observed’ is ‘reverenced.’ Tindale’s translation is ‘gave him reverence.’ Cf. Shaks. 2 Henry IV . iv. iv. 30, ‘he is gracious, if he be observed.’ But the more probable meaning of the Greek is ‘protected him,’ or, as RV [Note: Revised Version.] , ‘kept him safe.’
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Observe'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/o/observe.html. 1909.