At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus,
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and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”
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Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,
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for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.”
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Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.
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On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much
that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted