Jesus became so well-known that Herod the ruler heard about him. Some people thought he was John the Baptist, who had come back to life with the power to work miracles. 15Others thought he was Elijah or some other prophet who had lived long ago. 16When Herod heard about Jesus, he said, “This must be John the Baptist! I had his head cut off, and now he has come back to life.” 17-18Herod had earlier married Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. But John had told him, “It isn’t right for you to take your brother’s wife!” So, in order to please Herodias, Herod arrested John and put him in prison. 19Herodias had a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she could not do it, 20because Herod was afraid of John and protected him. He knew that John was a good and holy man. Even though Herod was confused by what John said, he was glad to listen to him. And he often did. 21Finally, Herodias got her chance when Herod gave a great birthday celebration for himself and invited his officials, his army officers, and the leaders of Galilee. 22The daughter of Herodias came in and danced for Herod and his guests. She pleased them so much that Herod said, “Ask for anything, and it’s yours! 23I swear that I will give you as much as half of my kingdom, if you want it.” 24The girl left and asked her mother, “What do you think I should ask for?” Her mother answered, “The head of John the Baptist!” 25The girl hurried back and told Herod, “Right now on a platter I want the head of John the Baptist!” 26The king was very sorry for what he had said. But he did not want to break the promise he had made in front of his guests. 27At once he ordered a guard to cut off John’s head there in prison. 28The guard put the head on a platter and took it to the girl. Then she gave it to her mother. 29When John’s followers learned that he had been killed, they took his body and put it in a tomb.