2. Rejection by the Heathen Tetrarch
1 aAt that time bHerod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,
2 And he said to his servants, This is aJohn the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead, and because of this these bworks of power 1are operating through him.
3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in aprison on account of bHerodias, the wife of Philip his brother.
4 For John had been saying to him, It is anot lawful for you to have her.
5 And though he desired to kill him, he feared the crowd because they aheld him as a bprophet.
6 But when Herod's abirthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in their midst and pleased Herod;
7 Hence, he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
8 And she, being instigated by her mother, said, Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.
9 And the king was grieved, yet because of the oaths and those reclining at table with him, he commanded it to be given.
10 And he sent men and 1beheaded John in the prison.
11 And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
12 And his adisciples came and took the corpse and buried it; and they came and reported the matter to Jesus.
13 aAnd when Jesus heard this, He 1withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place privately. And when the crowds heard of it, they 2followed Him on foot from the cities.