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The Gospel of Mark

Mark 6:14-29

John the Baptist Beheaded

v14  Now King Herod heard of Him, fir His name had become well known. And he said, “John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.”

v15  Others said, ‘It is Elijah.” And others said, ‘It is the Prophet, or like one of the prophets.”

v16  But when Herod heard, he said, “This is John whom I beheaded ; he has been raised from the dead!”

v17  For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Phillip’s wife; for he had married her.

v18 Because John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

v19  Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not;

v20  for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.

v21  Then an opportune day came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast for his nobles, the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee.

v22  And when Herodias’ daughter herself came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said to the girl, ‘Ask me whatever you want , and I will give it to you.’

v23  He also swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you up to half my kingdom.”

v24 So she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist!”

v25 Immediately she came in 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.”

v26  And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her.

v27  Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head be brought. and he went and beheaded him in prison,

v28  brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girls gave it to her mother.

v29  When his disciples heard of it, they came and took away his corpse and laid it in a tomb.


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