At that time King Herod heard the rumors about Jesus,
and he said, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead,
and because of this the powers are at work in him."
But others said, "He is Elijah;"
and others said, "He is a prophet like one of the prophets."
But Herod having heard said,
"John whom I beheaded, this is him raised."
For Herod himself having sent out
seized John and bound him in prison,
because he had married Herodias,
the wife of his brother Philip,
and John had said to Herod, "It is not permitted
for you to have your brother's wife."
So Herodias resented him and wished to kill him,
and she could not; for the crowd held him as a prophet,
and Herod feared John, knowing him to be a just and holy man.
He protected him, and having heard him much he was in doubt;
yet he listened to him gladly.
An opportune day occurring
when Herod produced his birthday banquet for his courtiers
and local rulers and the foremost of Galilee,
the daughter of Herodias entered and danced in the middle,
pleasing Herod and the guests.
So the king said to the girl,
"Ask me for whatever you wish,
and I will give it to you;"
and he swore to her, "Whatever you request I will give you,
up to half my kingdom."
Having gone out she asked her mother,
"What should I ask for?"
She said, "The head of John the baptizer."
Going in immediately with haste to the king
she requested, "I wish that at once you may give me
on a platter the head of John the Baptist."
The king, grieved
because of the oaths and the dinner guests,
did not wish to refuse her.
Sending out immediately,
the king ordered an executioner to bring his head.
Going away he beheaded him in the prison
and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl,
and the girl gave it to her mother.
His disciples having heard
came and took his corpse and buried it,
and going they reported to Jesus.