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14 At that time, Herod the Tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

and said to his servants, “This is that John Baptist! He has risen again from the dead! And therefore, great works are done by him!”

For Herod had taken John and bound him, and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife.

For John said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a Prophet.

But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

Therefore, he promised with an oath that he would give her whatever she would ask.

And she (having already been instructed by her mother) said, “Give me John Baptist’s head here, on a platter.”

And the king was sorry. Nevertheless, because of the oath, and those who sat with him at the table, he commanded it to be given to her;

10 and sent, and beheaded John in the prison.

11 And his head was brought, on a platter, and given to the maid. And she brought it to her mother.

12 And his disciples came and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

13 And when Jesus heard it, He departed from there by ship into a desert place, alone. And when the multitude had heard it, they followed Him out of the cities on foot.

14 And Jesus went forth and saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion toward them. And He healed their sick.

15 And when evening had come, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a desert place. And the time is already late. Dismiss the multitude, so that they may go into the towns and buy food.

16 But Jesus said to them, “They have no need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 Then said they to Him, “We have here only five loaves, and two fishes.”

18 And He said, “Bring them here to Me.”

19 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looked up to Heaven, and blessed and broke, and gave the loaves to His disciples. And the disciples gave them to the multitude.

20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.

21 And those who had eaten (besides women and little children) were about five thousand men.

22 And immediately Jesus compelled His disciples to enter into a ship. And to go over ahead of Him, while He sent away the multitude.

23 And as soon as He had sent the multitude away, He went up into a mountain alone, to pray. And when the evening had come, He was there alone.

24 And the ship was now in the midst of the sea and was tossed with the waves. For it was a contrary wind.

25 And in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.

26 And when His disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a spirit!” And they cried out for fear.

27 But immediately, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good comfort! It is I! Do not be afraid!”

28 Then Peter answered Him, and said, “Master, if it is You, ask me to come to You on the water!”

29 And He said, “Come!” And when Peter had come down out of the ship, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

30 But when he saw the mighty wind, he was afraid. And as he began to sink, he cried, saying, “Master! Save me!”

31 So immediately, Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith. Why did you doubt?

32 And as soon as they had come up into the ship, the wind ceased.

33 Then those who were in the ship, came and worshipped Him, saying, “Truly, You are the Son of God!”

34 And when they had come over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.

35 And when the men of that place knew Him, they sent word out around all that country, and brought to Him all who were sick;

36 and begged Him, that they might touch merely the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made whole.

John the Baptist Beheaded(A)

14 At that time Herod(B) the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus,(C) and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist;(D) he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

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

On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded(I) in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it.(J) Then they went and told Jesus.

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand(K)(L)

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them(M) and healed their sick.(N)

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves(O) of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.(P) Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Jesus Walks on the Water(Q)(R)

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.(S) Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,”(T) they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage!(U) It is I. Don’t be afraid.”(V)

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,”(W) he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”(X)

34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak,(Y) and all who touched it were healed.

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