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vŭ ono vrěmę uslyša irodŭ tetrarxŭ sluxŭ iisusovŭ | i reče otrokomŭ svoimŭ sĭ estŭ ioanŭ krĭstitel'ĭ tŭ vŭskrĭse otŭ mrĭtvyixŭ i sego radi sily dějǫtŭ sę o n'emĭ | irodŭ bo imŭ ioana sŭvęza i i vŭsadi i vŭ tĭmĭnicǫ irodĭjady radi ženy filipa bratra svoego | glagolaaše bo emu ioanŭ ne dostoitŭ ti iměti eę | i xotę i ubiti uboja sę naroda zan'e proroka iměaxǫ i | dĭni že byvŭšu roždĭstva irodova plęsa dŭšti irodĭjadina po srědě i ugodi irodovi | těmĭže sŭ klętvojǫ izdreče ei dati egože ašte vŭsprositŭ | ona že navaždena materjǫ svoejǫ daždĭ mi reče sĭde na misě glavǫ ioana krĭstitelja | i pečalĭnŭ bystŭ cěsar'ĭ | klętvŭ že radi i vŭzležęštiixŭ sŭ n'imŭ povelě dati i i posŭlavŭ usěknǫ ioana vŭ tĭmĭnici | i priněsę glavǫ ego na misě i dašę děvici i nese materi svoei | i pristǫpl'ĭše učenici ego vŭzęsę tělo ego i pogrěsę e i prišĭdŭše vŭzvěstišę iisusovi |
(14:1) At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus. (2) And he said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. (3) For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. (4) For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. (5) And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. (6) But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. (7) Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. (8) And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John the Baptist's head in a charger. (9) And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. (10) And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. (11) And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. (12) And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.