Although the king was upset, because of his solemn pledge and his guests, he didn't want to refuse her.
So he ordered a guard to bring John's head. The guard went to the prison, cut off John's head,
brought his head on a plate, and gave it to the young woman, and she gave it to her mother.
When John's disciples heard what had happened, they came and took his dead body and laid it in a tomb.
The apostles returned to Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught.
Many people were coming and going, so there was no time to eat. He said to the apostles, "Come by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while."
They departed in a boat by themselves for a deserted place.
Many people saw them leaving and recognized them, so they ran ahead from all the cities and arrived before them.
When Jesus arrived and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Then he began to teach them many things.
Late in the day, his disciples came to him and said, "This is an isolated place, and it's already late in the day.
Send them away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something to eat for themselves."