1Jesus left there and went to his hometown of Nazareth. His disciples went with him.2When the Sabbath day came, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What's this wisdom that has been given to him? He even does miracles!3Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son? Isn't this the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?” They were not pleased with him at all.4Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not honored in his hometown. He doesn't receive any honor among his relatives. And he doesn't receive any in his own home.”5Jesus laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. But he could not do any other miracles there.6He was amazed because they had no faith. Jesus went around teaching from village to village.
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Disciples
7He called the Twelve to him. Then he sent them out two by two. He gave them authority to drive out evil spirits.8Here were his orders. “Take only a walking stick for your trip. Do not take bread or a bag. Take no money in your belts.9Wear sandals. But do not take extra clothes.10When you are invited into a house, stay there until you leave town.11Some places may not welcome you or listen to you. If they don't, shake the dust off your feet when you leave. That will be a witness against the people living there.”12They went out. And they preached that people should turn away from their sins.13They drove out many demons. They poured olive oil on many sick people and healed them.
John the Baptist's Head Is Cut Off
14King Herod heard about this. Jesus' name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead! That is why he has the power to do miracles.”15Others said, “He is Elijah.” Still others claimed, “He is a prophet. He is like one of the prophets of long ago.”16But when Herod heard this, he said, “I had John's head cut off. And now he has been raised from the dead!”17In fact, it was Herod himself who had given orders to arrest John. He had him tied up and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias. She was the wife of Herod's brother Philip. But now Herod was married to her.18John had been saying to Herod, “It is against the Law for you to have your brother's wife.”19Herodias held that against John. She wanted to kill him. But she could not,20because Herod was afraid of John. So he kept John safe. Herod knew John was a holy man who did what was right. When Herod heard him, he was very puzzled. But he liked to listen to him.21Finally the right time came. Herod gave a big dinner on his birthday. He invited his high officials and military leaders. He also invited the most important men in Galilee.22Then the daughter of Herodias came in and danced. She pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want. I'll give it to you.”23And he promised her with an oath, “Anything you ask for I will give you. I'll give you up to half of my kingdom.”24She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.25At once the girl hurried to ask the king. She said, “I want you to give me the head of John the Baptist on a big plate right now.”26The king was very upset. But he thought of his promise and his dinner guests. So he did not want to say no to the girl.27He sent a man right away to bring John's head. The man went to the prison and cut off John's head.28He brought it back on a big plate. He gave it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother.29John's disciples heard about this. So they came and took his body. Then they placed it in a tomb.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
30The apostles gathered around Jesus. They told him all they had done and taught.31But many people were coming and going. So they did not even have a chance to eat. Then Jesus said to his apostles, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place. You need to get some rest.”32So they went away by themselves in a boat to a quiet place.33But many people who saw them leaving recognized them. They ran from all the towns and got there ahead of them.34When Jesus came ashore, he saw a large crowd. He felt deep concern for them. They were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.35By that time it was late in the day. His disciples came to him. “There is nothing here,” they said. “It's already very late.36Send the people away. They can go and buy something to eat in the nearby countryside and villages.”37But Jesus answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take eight months of a person's pay! Should we go and spend that much on bread? Are we supposed to feed them?”38“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five loaves and two fish.”39Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.40So they sat down in groups of 100s and 50s.41Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up to heaven and gave thanks. He broke the loaves into pieces. Then he gave them to his disciples to set in front of the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.42All of them ate and were satisfied.43The disciples picked up 12 baskets of broken pieces of bread and fish.44The number of men who had eaten was 5,000.
Jesus Walks on the Water
45Right away Jesus made his disciples get into the boat. He had them go on ahead of him to Bethsaida. Then he sent the crowd away.46After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.47When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was alone on land.48He saw the disciples pulling hard on the oars. The wind was blowing against them. Early in the morning, he went out to them. He walked on the lake. When he was about to pass by them,49they saw him walking on the lake. They thought he was a ghost. They cried out.50They all saw him and were terrified. Right away he said to them, “Be brave! It is I. Don't be afraid.”51Then he climbed into the boat with them. The wind died down. And they were completely amazed.52They had not understood about the loaves. They were stubborn.53They crossed over the lake and landed at Gennesaret. There they tied up the boat.54As soon as Jesus and his disciples got out, people recognized him.55They ran through that whole area to bring to him those who were sick. They carried them on mats to where they heard he was.56He went into the villages, the towns and the countryside. Everywhere he went, the people brought the sick to the market places. Those who were sick begged him to let them touch just the edge of his clothes. And all who touched him were healed.
English Standard Version
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
1He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. (Mt 2:23; Mt 13:54; Lu 4:16; Lu 4:23)2And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? (Mt 4:23; Mt 7:28; Mr 1:21; Lu 4:31; Lu 6:6; Lu 13:10; Ac 13:14)3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. (Mt 11:6; Mt 13:55; Mr 3:31; Lu 4:22; Joh 6:42)4And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” (Jer 11:21; Jer 12:6; Lu 4:24; Joh 4:44; Joh 7:5)5And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. (Ge 19:22; Mr 5:23; Mr 9:23)6And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching. (Mt 8:10; Mt 9:35; Mt 11:1; Lu 8:1; Lu 13:22)
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
7And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. (Mt 10:1; Mt 10:5; Mt 10:9; Mr 3:13; Lu 9:1; Lu 9:3; Lu 10:4; Lu 22:35)8He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts—9but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. (Ac 12:8)10And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there.11And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” (Ne 5:13; Mr 1:44; Ac 13:51; Ac 18:6)12So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. (Mt 3:2; Mt 4:17; Mt 10:7; Lu 9:6)13And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them. (Mr 6:12; Jas 5:14)
The Death of John the Baptist
14King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” (Mt 14:1; Mt 16:14; Mr 8:28; Lu 9:7)15But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” (Mt 21:11; Mr 6:14)16But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”17For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her. (Mt 11:2; Lu 3:19; Joh 3:24)18For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” (Le 18:16; Le 20:21; Mr 6:17)19And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not,20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly. (Mt 14:5; Mt 21:26; Mr 4:16; Mr 12:37)21But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. (Ge 40:20; 1Ki 3:15; Es 1:3; Es 2:18)22For when Herodias’s daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.”23And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” (Es 5:3; Es 7:2)24And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.”25And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”26And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.27And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison28and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.29When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb. (Mt 9:14)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
30The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. (Mt 10:2; Lu 6:13; Lu 9:10; Lu 17:5; Lu 22:14; Lu 24:10)31And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. (Mr 3:20)32And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. (Mt 14:13; Mr 3:9; Mr 8:2; Lu 9:10; Joh 6:1)33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. (Mr 6:54)34When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. (Mt 9:36)35And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late.36Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” (Mt 15:23; Mr 6:45)37But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” (Nu 11:13; Nu 11:21; 2Ki 4:42; Joh 6:7)38And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” (Mr 8:19)39Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass.40So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties.41And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. (1Sa 9:13; Mt 26:26; Mr 7:34; Mr 8:7; Mr 14:22; Lu 24:30; Joh 11:41; Joh 17:1; 1Co 14:16)42And they all ate and were satisfied.43And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish.44And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
Jesus Walks on the Water
45Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. (Mt 8:18; Mt 14:22; Mr 6:32; Mr 8:22; Lu 9:10; Joh 6:15)46And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. (Mr 1:35; Lu 5:16; Lu 6:12; Lu 9:28)47And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. (Mr 13:35)48And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, (Mr 6:47; Lu 24:28)49but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out,50for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” (De 31:6; Isa 41:13; Isa 43:1; Mt 17:7; Lu 24:37; Joh 16:33)51And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,52for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened. (Mr 3:5; Mr 8:17; Joh 12:40; Ro 11:7; 2Co 3:14)
Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret
53When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. (Mt 14:34; Lu 5:1; Joh 6:24)54And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him (Mr 6:33)55and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. (Mt 4:24; Lu 5:18)56And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well. (Mt 9:20; Mr 3:10; Lu 6:19; Ac 5:15)