6. The Martyrdom of the Forerunner
14 And King Herod aheard of it, for His name had become known, and they said, bJohn the baptizer has been raised from the dead, and because of this these works of power 1are operating through him.
15 But others said, He is aElijah; and others said, He is a bprophet, like one of the prophets.
16 But Herod, hearing of it, said, He whom I abeheaded, John, this one was raised!
17 For Herod himself had sent men and seized John and bound him in aprison on account of bHerodias, the wife of Philip his brother, because he had married her.
18 For John had been saying to Herod, It is not lawful for you to have the wife of your abrother.
19 Thus, Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to kill him and could not,
20 For Herod feared aJohn, knowing that he was a brighteous and holy man, and kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed yet cheard him gladly.
21 And an opportune day came, when Herod on his abirthday made a bbanquet for his courtiers and the commanders and the leading men of Galilee.
22 And when the daughter of Herodias herself entered and danced, she pleased Herod and those reclining at table with him. The king said to the girl, Ask of me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.
23 And he swore to her earnestly, Whatever you ask of me, I will give to you, up to ahalf of my kingdom.
24 And she went out and said to her mother, What should I ask for? And she said, The head of John the baptizer.
25 And coming in aimmediately with haste to the king, she asked, saying, I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.
26 And the king was very grieved, yet because of the oaths and those reclining at table, he did not want to refuse her.
27 And aimmediately the king sent a guard and ordered him to bring his head. And he went out and 1bbeheaded him in the prison,
28 And brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.
29 And when his adisciples heard about it, they came and took his corpse and put it in a tomb.