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Mark 6:14-29 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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14 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!" 14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus' name had become well known. Some were saying, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him."
15 Others said, "No, it's Elijah." Others said, "He's a prophet, just like one of the old-time prophets." 15 Others said, "He is Elijah." And still others claimed, "He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago."
16 But Herod wouldn't budge: "It's John, sure enough. I cut off his head, and now he's back, alive." 16 But when Herod heard this, he said, "John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!"
17 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. 17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had married.
18 For John had provoked Herod by naming his relationship with Herodias "adultery." 18 For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
19 Herodias, smoldering with hate, wanted to kill him, but didn't dare 19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to,
20 because Herod was in awe of John. Convinced that he was a holy man, he gave him special treatment. Whenever he listened to him he was miserable with guilt - and yet he couldn't stay away. Something in John kept pulling him back. 20 because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.
21 But a portentous day arrived when Herod threw a birthday party, inviting all the brass and bluebloods in Galilee. 21 Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee.
22 Herodias's daughter entered the banquet hall and danced for the guests. She dazzled Herod and the guests. 22 When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask me for anything you want, and I'll give it to you."
23 Carried away, he kept on, "I swear, I'll split my kingdom with you if you say so!" 23 And he promised her with an oath, "Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom."
24 She went back to her mother and said, "What should I ask for?" "Ask for the head of John the Baptizer." 24 She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" "The head of John the Baptist," she answered.
25 Excited, she ran back to the king and said, "I want the head of John the Baptizer served up on a platter. And I want it now!" 25 At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: "I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
26 That sobered the king up fast. But unwilling to lose face with his guests, he caved in and let her have her wish. 26 The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her.
27 The king sent the executioner off to the prison with orders to bring back John's head. He went, cut off John's head, 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison,
28 brought it back on a platter, and presented it to the girl, who gave it to her mother. 28 and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother.
29 When John's disciples heard about this, they came and got the body and gave it a decent burial. 29 On hearing of this, John's disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.