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Matthew 14:1-9 (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.
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