4)For John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.”
5)However, although he wanted to kill him, he feared the crowd, because they took him for a prophet.
6)But when Herod’s birthday was being celebrated, the daughter of He·roʹdi·as danced for the occasion and pleased Herod so much
7)that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
8)Then she, at her mother’s prompting, said: “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
9)Grieved though he was, the king, out of regard for his oaths and for those dining with him, commanded it to be given.
10)So he sent and had John beheaded in the prison.
11)His head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
12)Later his disciples came and removed his corpse and buried him; then they came and reported to Jesus.
13)At hearing this, Jesus departed from there by boat into an isolated place to be alone. But the crowds, getting to hear of it, followed him on foot from the cities.
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