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that place and shake the dust off your feet as a tes ti mo ny against them .”
12 They went out and preached that people should re pent . 13 They drove out many de mons and anoint ed many sick peo ple with oil and healed them .
Why did Herod kill John the Baptist ?
6:26 King Herod made a foolish promise to give a dancing girl anything she wanted . She asked for the head of John the Baptist . The king knew that it was wrong to kill John , but he worried about what his friends would think if he broke his promise . King Herod committed a terrible sin just so he wouldn ’ t be embarrassed .
me di ate ly sent an ex e cu tion er with or ders to bring John ’ s head . The man went , behead ed John in the pris on , 28 and brought back his head on a plat ter . He pre sent ed it to the girl , and she gave it to her moth er .
29 On hear ing of this , John ’ s dis ci ples came
and took his body and laid it in a tomb .
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
30 The apos tles gath ered around Jesus
and re port ed to him all they had done and taught . 31 Then , be cause so many peo ple were com ing and go ing that they did not even have a chance to eat , he said to them , “ Come with me by your selves to a qui et place and get some rest .”
32 So they went away by them selves in
a boat to a sol i tary place . 33 But many who saw them leav ing rec og nized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them . 34 When Jesus land ed and saw a large crowd , he had com pas sion on them , be cause they were like sheep without a shep herd . So he be gan teach ing them many things .
35 By this time it was late in the day , so
his dis ci ples came to him . “ This is a re mote place ,” they said , “ and it ’ s al ready very late .
36 Send the peo ple away so that they can go
to the sur round ing coun try side and vil lages and buy them selves some thing to eat .”
37 But he an swered , “ You give them
some thing to eat .”
John the Baptist Beheaded
14 King Her od heard about this , for Jesus ’
name had be come well known . Some were say ing , a “ John the Bap tist has been raised from the dead , and that is why mi rac u lous pow ers are at work in him .”
15 Oth ers said , “ He is Eli jah .”
And still oth ers claimed , “ He is a prophet , like one of the proph ets of long ago .”
16 But when Her od heard this , he said ,
“ John , whom I be head ed , has been raised from the dead !”
17 For Her od him self had giv en or ders to
have John ar rest ed , and he had him bound and put in pris on . He did this be cause of He ro di as , his broth er Phil ip ’ s wife , whom he had mar ried . 18 For John had been saying to Her od , “ It is not law ful for you to have your broth er ’ s wife .” 19 So He ro di as nursed a grudge against John and want ed to kill him . But she was not able to , 20 be cause Herod feared John and pro tect ed him , know ing him to be a righ teous and holy man . When Her od heard John , he was great ly puz zled b ; yet he liked to lis ten to him .
21 Fi nal ly the op por tune time came . On
his birth day Her od gave a ban quet for his high of fi cials and mil i tary com mand ers and the lead ing men of Gal i lee . 22 When the daugh ter of c He ro di as came in and danced , she pleased Her od and his din ner guests .
The king said to the girl , “ Ask me for any thing you want , and I ’ ll give it to you .”
23 And he prom ised her with an oath ,
“ What ev er you ask I will give you , up to half my king dom .”
24 She went out and said to her moth er ,
“ What shall I ask for ?” “ The head of John the Bap tist ,” she answered .
25 At once the girl hur ried in to the king
with the re quest : “ I want you to give me right now the head of John the Bap tist on a plat ter .”
26 The king was great ly dis tressed , but
be cause of his oaths and his din ner guests , he did not want to refuse her . 27 So he ima 14 Some early manuscripts He was saying b 20 Some early manuscripts he did many things c 22 Some early manuscripts When his daughter