1 At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning
Jesus, 2 and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptizer. He is risen
from the dead. That is why these powers work in him.” 3 For Herod had laid
hold of John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias,
his brother Philip’s wife. 4 For John said to him, “It is not lawful for
you to have her.” 5 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 came, the daughter of Herodias danced among them and pleased Herod.
7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she should ask.
8 She, being prompted by her mother, said, “Give me here on a platter the
head of John the Baptizer.”
9 The king was grieved, but for the sake of his oaths, and of those who
sat at the table with him, he commanded it to be given, 10 and he sent and
beheaded John in the prison. 11 His head was brought on a platter, and
given to the young lady: and she brought it to her mother. 12 His
disciples came, and took the body, and buried it; and they went and told
Jesus. 13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat, to
a deserted place apart. When the multitudes heard it, they followed him on
foot from the cities.
14 Jesus went out, and he saw a great multitude. He had compassion on
them, and healed their sick. 15 When evening had come, his disciples came
to him, saying, “This place is deserted, and the hour is already late. Send
the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves
16 But Jesus said to them, “They don’t need to go away. You give
them something to eat.”
17 They told him, “We only have here five loaves and two fish.”
18 He said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 He commanded the
multitudes to sit down on the grass; and he took the five loaves and the two
fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, broke and gave the loaves to the
disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20 They all ate, and
were filled. They took up twelve baskets full of that which remained left
over from the broken pieces. 21 Those who ate were about five thousand
men, besides women and children.
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat, and to go ahead
of him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 After he
had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain by himself to
pray. When evening had come, he was there alone. 24 But the boat was now
in the middle of the sea, distressed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 In the fourth watch of the night Jesus came to them, walking on the
sea. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled,
saying, “It’s a ghost!” and they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately
Jesus spoke to them, saying “Cheer up! I AM!*1
Don’t be afraid.”
28 Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to
you on the waters.”
29 He said, “Come!”
Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus.
30 But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning
to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to
him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got up
into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Those who were in the boat came and
worshiped him, saying, “You are truly the Son of God!”
34 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.
35 When the men of that place recognized him, they sent into all that
surrounding region, and brought to him all who were sick, 36 and they
begged him that they might just touch the fringe of his garment. As many as
touched it were made whole.
1 see Exodus 3:14.
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