Matthew 14:1-12

1 At that time Herod the ruler heard reports about Jesus;
2 and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead, and for this reason these powers are at work in him."
3 For Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,
4 because John had been telling him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
5 Though Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded him as a prophet.
6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and she pleased Herod
7 so much that he promised on oath to grant her whatever she might ask.
8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter."
9 The king was grieved, yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he commanded it to be given;
10 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison.
11 The head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who brought it to her mother.
12 His disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went and told Jesus.

Matthew 14:1-12 In-Context

1 At that time Herod the ruler heard reports about Jesus;
2 and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead, and for this reason these powers are at work in him."
3 For Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,
4 because John had been telling him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
5 Though Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded him as a prophet.
6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and she pleased Herod
7 so much that he promised on oath to grant her whatever she might ask.
8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter."
9 The king was grieved, yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he commanded it to be given;
10 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison.
11 The head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who brought it to her mother.
12 His disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went and told Jesus.
13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.
14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.
15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves."
16 Jesus said to them, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat."

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Gk [tetrarch]
  • [b]. Other ancient authorities read [his brother's wife]
  • [c]. Gk [he]