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katapi HOME Mark 6:14-29 - The Death of John the Baptist  Mk.6.14-29- Mt.14.1-12, Lk.9.7-9 | KNSB Contents | notes

6 14 King Herod heard of it; for Jesus' name had become known. Some said, "John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him." 6 15 But others said, "It is Elijah." And others said, "It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old." 6 16 But when Herod heard of it he said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been raised." `6 17 For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; because he had married her. 6 18 For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." 6 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 6 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly. 6 21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee. 6 22 For when Herodias' daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it." 6 23 And he vowed to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom." 6 24 And she went out, and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the baptizer." 6 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter." 6 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 6 27 And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 6 28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 6 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.


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