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Herod was the one who had John the Baptist arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brotherís wife." Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.

Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him.

She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee. Herodiasí own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you." He even swore many things to her, "I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom." She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" She replied, "The head of John the Baptist." The girl hurried back to the kingís presence and made her request, "I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist."

The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her.
Mark 6: 17-26
I spoke, O Lord, of your decrees before kings, and was not confounded; I pondered your commands and loved them greatly.
Psalm 118: 46-47
O Lord, in your strength the just man is glad; in Your victory how greatly he rejoices! You have granted him his heartís desire. You have placed on his head, O Lord, a crown of pure gold.
Psalm 20:2-4
A man cannot receive anything, unless it be given him from heaven. You yourselves do bear me witness, that I said, I am not Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride, is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, who standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth with joy because of the bridegroomís voice. This my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.
Saint John the Baptist in John 3:26-30
St. John the Baptist in Prison by Juan FernŠndez de Navarrete; 1565-70; The Hermitage, St. Petersburg; http://www.wga.hu/index1.html
Madonna and Child with the Infant St. John the Baptist by Andrea del Brescianino; 1524 http://www.wga.hu/index1.html
The Young Saint John the Baptist by Antonio Rossellino; 1470; Marble, height 35 cm; National Gallery of Art, Washington; http://www.wga.hu/index1.html
August 29 - The Passion of Saint John the Baptist - Prophet and Forerunner
 
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