Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison(A) because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,(B) for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.”(C) Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.(D)

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17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison.(A) He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”(B) 19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, 20 because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man.(C) When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled[a]; yet he liked to listen to him.

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  1. Mark 6:20 Some early manuscripts he did many things

19 But when John rebuked Herod(A) the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done,

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20 Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.(A)

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