Bible: Mark 6:17-29

6:17 For Herod himself had sent men, arrested John, and bound him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod 1  had married her. 6:18 For John had repeatedly told 2  Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 3  6:19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against him and wanted to kill him. But 4  she could not 6:20 because Herod stood in awe of 5  John and protected him, since he knew that John 6  was a righteous and holy man. When Herod 7  heard him, he was thoroughly baffled, 8  and yet 9  he liked to listen to John. 10 

6:21 But 11  a suitable day 12  came, when Herod gave a banquet on his birthday for his court officials, military commanders, and leaders of Galilee. 6:22 When his daughter Herodias 13  came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.” 6:23 He swore to her, 14 Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” 15  6:24 So 16  she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” Her mother 17  said, “The head of John the baptizer.” 18  6:25 Immediately she hurried back to the king and made her request: 19  “I want the head of John the Baptist on a platter immediately.” 6:26 Although it grieved the king deeply, 20  he did not want to reject her request because of his oath and his guests. 6:27 So 21  the king sent an executioner at once to bring John’s 22  head, and he went and beheaded John in prison. 6:28 He brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 6:29 When John’s 23  disciples heard this, they came and took his body and placed it in a tomb.

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