Matthew 14:1-12 (The Message)

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1 At about this time, Herod, the regional ruler, heard what was being said about Jesus. 2 He said to his servants, "This has to be John the Baptizer come back from the dead. That's why he's able to work miracles!" 3 Herod had arrested John, put him in chains, and sent him to prison to placate Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. 4 John had provoked Herod by naming his relationship with Herodias "adultery." 5 Herod wanted to kill him, but he was afraid because so many people revered John as a prophet of God. 6 But at his birthday celebration, he got his chance. Herodias's daughter provided the entertainment, dancing for the guests. She swept Herod away. 7 In his drunken enthusiasm, he promised her on oath anything she wanted. 8 Already coached by her mother, she was ready: "Give me, served up on a platter, the head of John the Baptizer." 9 That sobered the king up fast. Unwilling to lose face with his guests, he did it 10 - ordered John's head cut off 11 and presented to the girl on a platter. She in turn gave it to her mother. 12 Later, John's disciples got the body, gave it a reverent burial, and reported to Jesus.
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