12So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. 13They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus* name had become known. Some were* saying, John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him. 15But others said, It is Elijah. And others said, It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old. 16But when Herod heard of it, he said, John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.
17 For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philips wife, because Herod* had married her.
18For John had been telling Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brothers wife.
19And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,
20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed;* and yet he liked to listen to him.
21But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee.
22When his daughter Herodias* came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.
23And he solemnly swore to her, Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.
24She went out and said to her mother, What should I ask for? She replied, The head of John the baptizer.
25Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.
26The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her.
27Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring Johns* head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,
28brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother.
29When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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