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Matthew 14:1-12 (English Standard Version)

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The Death of John the Baptist

1 1At that time 2Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, 2 and he said to his servants, 3"This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him." 3 For 4Herod had seized John and bound him and 5put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,a 4 because John had been saying to him, 6"It is not lawful for you to have her." 5 And though he wanted to put him to death, 7he feared the people, because they held him to be 8a prophet. 6 But when Herod's 9birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, 7 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter." 9 And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given. 10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 And 10his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus.
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