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Matthew 14:1-12 (New American Standard)

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John the Baptist Beheaded

1 1At that atime 2Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus, 2 and said to his servants, "3This is John the Baptist; bhe has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him." 3 For when 4Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him 5in prison because of 6Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. 4 For John had been saying to him, "7It is not lawful for you to have her." 5 Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded cJohn as 8a prophet. 6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of 9Herodias danced dbefore them and pleased 10Herod, 7 so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8 Having been prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist." 9 Although he was grieved, the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths, and because of ehis dinner guests. 10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 His disciples came and took away the body and buried fit; and they went and reported to Jesus.
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