And straightway the king sent forth a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring his head: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, (ASV)
Reason for Execution
- 22 and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and them that sat at meat with him; and the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.
- 23 And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.
- 24 And she went out, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptizer.
- 25 And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou forthwith give me on a platter the head of John the Baptist.
- 26 And the king was exceeding sorry; but for the sake of his oaths, and of them that sat at meat, he would not reject her.
- 27 And straightway the king sent forth a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring his head: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
Per "Mark" Herod gives Herodias the head of John as a party favor but per Josephus Herod executes John to prevent potential sedition.
Chronology of Executions of John and Jesus
The implication from Josephus' chronology, assuming that he mentioned Jesus, is that Jesus died before John the Baptist did. "Mark's" Jesus dies after his John the Baptist.
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