11Jesus went out from there and came into a2His hometown; and His disciplesfollowed Him.
When the Sabbathcame, He began3to teach in the synagogue; and the 4manylisteners were astonished, saying, "Where did thisman get thesethings, and what is this wisdomgiven to Him, and suchbmiracles as theseperformed by His hands?
"Is not this5the carpenter, 6the son of Mary, and brother of cJames and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not 7His sistershere with us?" And they took8offense at Him.
4Jesussaid to them, "9A prophet is not withouthonorexcept in d10his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household."5
And He coulddonoemiraclethereexcept that He 11laid His hands on a fewsickpeople and healed them.
And He wondered at their unbelief. 12And He was goingaround the villagesteaching.
713And 14He summoned the twelve and began to send them out 15in pairs, and gave them authority over the uncleanspirits;
816and He instructed them that they should takenothing for their journey, except a merestaff-nobread, nofbag, nomoney in their belt -
but gto wearsandals; and He added, "Do not put on twohtunics."10
And He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, staythereuntil you ileavetown.11"Anyplace that does not receive you orlisten to you, as you go out from there, 17shake the dustjoff the soles of your feet for a testimony against them."1218They went out and kpreached that men should repent.
And they were casting out manydemons and 19were anointing with oilmanysickpeople and healing them.
1420And KingHerodheard of it, for His name had becomewellknown; and people were saying, "21John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is whythesemiraculouspowers are at work in Him."
But others were saying, "He is 22Elijah." And others were saying, "He is 23a prophet, likeone of the prophets of old."
But when Herodheard of it, he kept saying, "John, whom I beheaded, has risen!"
For Herodhimself had sent and had Johnarrested and bound in prison on account of 24Herodias, the wife of his brotherPhilip, because he had married her.
For John had been saying to Herod, "25It is not lawful for you to have your brother'swife."
1926Herodiashad a grudgeagainst him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so;
for 27Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holyman, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was veryperplexed; lbut he mused to enjoylistening to him.
A strategicdaycamewhenHerod on his birthday28gave a banquet for his lords and nmilitarycommanders and the leadingmen29of Galilee;
and when the daughter of 30Herodiasherselfcame in and danced, she pleasedHerod and ohis dinnerguests; and the kingsaid to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you."
And he swore to her, "Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you; up to 31half of my kingdom."
And she went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist."
25Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
And although the king was verysorry, yet because of his oaths and because of phis dinnerguests, he was unwilling to refuse her.
27Immediately the kingsent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and had him beheaded in the prison,
and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girlgave it to her mother.
When his disciplesheard about this, they came and tookaway his body and laid it in a tomb.