14At that time Herod the ruler* heard reports about Jesus; 2and he said to his servants, This is John the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead, and for this reason these powers are at work in him. 3For Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philips wife,* 4because John had been telling him, It is not lawful for you to have her. 5Though Herod* wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded him as a prophet. 6But when Herods birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and she pleased Herod 7so much that he promised on oath to grant her whatever she might ask. 8Prompted by her mother, she said, Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter. 9The king was grieved, yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he commanded it to be given; 10he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. 11The head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who brought it to her mother.
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