When Herod heard about Jesus, he thought John, whom he beheaded, had been raised from the dead.
I will give you anything. Up to half my kingdom!
For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.
What shall I ask for?
The head of John the Baptist!
For John had been saying to Herod "It is not good for you to have your brother's wife." So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him, but she was not able to because Herod protected him.
On his birthday, Herod held a feast and when the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests.
The girl asked Herod for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. He was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her.
So Herod sent an executioner with orders to bring back John's head. So he beheaded John, in prison, and brought back his head on a platter.