Matthew 13:54-14:12 (NIV)
Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and
they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous
powers?” they asked. 55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name
Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56 Aren’t all his
sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took
offense at him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town
and in his own home.”
58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
John the Baptist Beheaded
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, 2 and he said to
his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why
miraculous powers are at work in him.”
3 Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of
Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 4 for John had been saying to him: “It is not
lawful for you to have her.” 5 Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the
people, because they considered John a prophet.
6 On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased
Herod so much 7 that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8
Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John
the Baptist.” 9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner
guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the
prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it
to her mother. 12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they
went and told Jesus.