Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison1 because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,2
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for John had been saying to him: "It is not lawful for you to have her."3
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Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered him a prophet.4
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On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for them and pleased Herod so much
that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."
The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted
and had John beheaded5 in the prison.
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