14:3 For Herod had arrested John, bound him, 1 and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 14:4 because John had repeatedly told 2 him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 3 14:5 Although 4 Herod 5 wanted to kill John, 6 he feared the crowd because they accepted John as a prophet. 14:6 But on Herod’s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, 14:7 so much that he promised with an oath 7 to give her whatever she asked. 14:8 Instructed by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” 14:9 Although it grieved the king, 8 because of his oath and the dinner guests he commanded it to be given. 14:10 So 9 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. 14:11 His 10 head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
1 tc ‡ Most witnesses (א2 C D L W Z Θ 0106 Ë1,13 33 Ï lat) read αὐτόν (auton, “him”) here as a way of clarifying the direct object; various important witnesses lack the word, however (א* B 700 pc ff1 h q). The original wording most likely lacked it, but it has been included here due to English style. NA27 includes the word in brackets, indicating reservations about its authenticity.
2 tn The imperfect tense verb is here rendered with an iterative force.
4 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated.
5 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Herod) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
6 tn Grk “him” (also in the following phrase, Grk “accepted him”); in both cases the referent (John) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
8 tn Grk “and being grieved, the king commanded.”
sn Herod was technically not a king, but this reflects popular usage. See the note on tetrarch in 14:1.
9 tn Grk “And.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate the implied result of previous action(s) in the narrative.
10 tn Grk “And his”; the referent (John the Baptist) has been specified in the translation for clarity.