Matthew 14:1-12 (Lexham English Bible)

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Herod Kills John the Baptist

1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus 2 and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist! He has been raised from the dead, and for this [reason] miraculous powers are at work in him." 3 For Herod, [after]a arresting John, bound him and put [him]b in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, 4 because John had been saying to him, "It is not permitted for you to have her." 5 And [although he]c wanted to kill him, he feared the crowd, because they looked upon him as a prophet. 6 But [when]d Herod's birthday celebration took place, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst [of them] and pleased Herod. 7 Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8 And coached by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter!" 9 And [although]e the king was distressed, because of his oaths and his {dinner guests}f he commanded [the request]g to be granted. 10 And he sent [orders]h [and]i had John beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought [it]j to her mother. 12 And his disciples came [and]k took away the corpse and buried it, and went [and]l told Jesus.
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