Lectionary Year B
July 16, 2000
Mark 6:14-29

Step I: Initial Acquaintance


For this exercise, I compared the NRSV, the KJV, and the GNJB (German New Jerusalem Bible).

v. 14
NRSV ... heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known
KJV ... heard of him, for his name ...
GNJB hoerte von Jesus, denn sein Name ... (heard Of Jesus, for his name ...)

v. 17
NRSV ... put him [John] in prison on account of Herodias, ...
KJV ... bound him in prison for Herodias' sake ...
GNJB Schuld daran war Herodias, ... (Guilty of this was Herodias, ...)

v. 19
NRSV ... Herodias ... wanted to kill him, but she could not
KJV Herodias ... would have killed him, but she could not
GNJB Herodias wollte ihn toeten lassen. Sie konnte ihren Plan aber nicht durchsetzen (H. wanted to have him killed, but she could not follow through with her plan).

v. 20
NRSV .. when he [Herod] heard him [John], he was greatly perplexed ...
KJV ... when he [H.] heard him [J.], he did many things ...
GNJB ... wurde er unruhig und ratlos, ... (he became restless and was dumbfounded / was beyond advice)

v. 26
NRSV ... the king was deeply grieved ...
KJV ... the king was exceeding sorry ...
GNJB Da wurde der Koenig sehr traurig (On this account the king became very sad)

v. 27
NRSV ... immediately, the king sent a soldier of the guard ...
KJV ... the king sent an executioner ...
GNJB ... befahl er einem Scharfrichter (he ordered an executioner...)

v. 29
NRSV ... took his body ...
KJV ... took his corpse ...
GNJB ... holten seinen Leichnam ... (fetched his corpse)


14 And heard [it] the king Herod, for having been made manifest [having known] became the name of him, and he was saying that John the Baptizer had been raised from [the] dead, and on account of this are working the powers in him. 15 But others were saying that Elijah it was/is; but others were saying that a prophet like one of the prophets [it was]. (cf. Mk 8:28ff.) 16 But, after having heard [this], Herod was saying: "Whom I beheaded, John, this one has been raised."

17 For Herod himself, after having sent, arrested John and bound him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of Philip his brother, because he married her. 18 For John was saying continuously to Herod that it was not lawful for him to have the wife of his brother. 19 But Herodias was hostile towards him and wished him to be killed [wanted that he was killed], and/but she was not able. 20 For Herod was fearing John continuously, knowing him [that he was] a man righteous and holy, and he protected him, and after having heard him, he was disturbed about many things, and gladly to him he listened.

21 And after a timely day had come when Herod the for the births of him gave a feast for his people of high status and for the high ranking military officers and for the first ones [leaders] of Galilee, 22 and after his daughter Herodias [possibly: the daughter of Herodias herself] having come in and having danced, she pleased Herod and the ones who sat with him at table [the guests]. The king said to the girl: "Ask me whatever you wish, and I will give [it] to you." 23 And he swore to her many things: "Whatever you ask me I will give to you, even half of my kingdom." 24 And after she had gone out, she said to her mother: "What shall I ask?"" But the one said: "[Ask for] the head of John the Baptizer." 25 And immediately, after having entered with haste toward the king, she asked, saying: "I wish that this very moment you give to me upon a platter the head of John the Baptizer." 26 And after having become very sad, the king, on account of the vows and the guests [the ones who sat at table with him], did not wish to refuse her. 27 And immediately, after having sent, the king commanded a soldier to bring the head of him. And after having gone away, he beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought the head of him upon a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it the her mother. 29 And after having heard, the disciples of him came and took his body and put it in a tomb.

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