Bible: Mark 6:17-29
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.