Matthew 14:3-10 (New International Version)

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3 Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison1 because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,2 4 for John had been saying to him: "It is not lawful for you to have her."3 5 Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered him a prophet.4 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. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist." 9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded5 in the prison.
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