"And no luxury inns. Get a modest place and be content there until you leave.
"If you're not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don't make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way."
Then they were on the road. They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different;
right and left they sent the demons packing; they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits.
King Herod heard of all this, for by this time the name of Jesus was on everyone's lips. He said, "This has to be John the Baptizer come back from the dead - that's why he's able to work miracles!"
Others said, "No, it's Elijah." Others said, "He's a prophet, just like one of the old-time prophets."
But Herod wouldn't budge: "It's John, sure enough. I cut off his head, and now he's back, alive."
Herod was the one who had ordered the arrest of John, put him in chains, and sent him to prison at the nagging of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.
For John had provoked Herod by naming his relationship with Herodias "adultery."
Herodias, smoldering with hate, wanted to kill him, but didn't dare
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)