Matthew 14:1-7 (New International Version)

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John the Baptist Beheaded

14:1-12pp -- Mk 6:14-29

1 At that time Herod1 the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus,2 2 and he said to his attendants, "This is John the Baptist;3 he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him." 3 Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison4 because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,5 4 for John had been saying to him: "It is not lawful for you to have her."6 5 Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered him a prophet.7 6 On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for them and pleased Herod so much 7 that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
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