1At that time Herod, the ruler of Galilee and Perea, heard reports about Jesus.2He said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist. He has risen from the dead! That is why he has the power to do miracles.”3Herod had arrested John. He had tied him up and put him in prison because of Herodias. She was the wife of Herod's brother Philip.4John had been saying to Herod, “It is against the Law for you to have her.”5Herod wanted to kill John. But he was afraid of the people, because they thought John was a prophet.6On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for Herod and his guests. She pleased Herod very much.7So he promised with an oath to give her anything she asked for.8Her mother told her what to say. So the girl said to Herod, “Give me the head of John the Baptist on a big plate.”9The king was very upset. But he thought of his promise and his dinner guests. So he told one of his men to give her what she asked for.10Herod had John's head cut off in the prison.11His head was brought in on a big plate and given to the girl. She then carried it to her mother.12John's disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
13Jesus heard what had happened to John. He wanted to be alone. So he went in a boat to a quiet place. The crowds heard about this. They followed him on foot from the towns.14When Jesus came ashore, he saw a large crowd. He felt deep concern for them. He healed their sick people.15When it was almost evening, the disciples came to him. “There is nothing here,” they said. “It's already getting late. Send the crowds away. They can go and buy some food in the villages.”16Jesus replied, “They don't need to go away. You give them something to eat.”17“We have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.18“Bring them here to me,” he said.19Then Jesus directed the people to sit down on the grass. He 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 the disciples. And the disciples gave them to the people.20All of them ate and were satisfied. The disciples picked up 12 baskets of leftover pieces.21The number of men who ate was about 5,000. Women and children also ate.
Jesus Walks on the Water
22Right away Jesus made the disciples get into the boat. He had them go on ahead of him to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Then he sent the crowd away.23After he had sent them away, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.24The boat was already a long way from land. It was being pounded by the waves because the wind was blowing against it.25Early in the morning, Jesus went out to the disciples. He walked on the lake.26They saw him walking on the lake and were terrified. “It's a ghost!” they said. And they cried out in fear.27Right away Jesus called out to them, “Be brave! It is I. Don't be afraid.”28“Lord, is it you?” Peter asked. “If it is, tell me to come to you on the water.”29“Come,” Jesus said. So Peter got out of the boat. He walked on the water toward Jesus.30But when Peter saw the wind, he was afraid. He began to sink. He cried out, “Lord! Save me!”31Right away Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “Your faith is so small!” he said. “Why did you doubt me?”32When they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.33Then those in the boat worshiped Jesus. They said, “You really are the Son of God!”34They crossed over the lake and landed at Gennesaret.35The men who lived there recognized Jesus. So they sent a message all over the nearby countryside. People brought all their sick to Jesus.36They begged him to let those who were sick just touch the edge of his clothes. And all who touched him were healed.
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The Death of John the Baptist
1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, (Mr 6:14; Lu 3:1; Lu 9:7; Ac 13:1)2and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” (Mt 16:14)3For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, (Mt 11:2; Lu 3:19; Joh 3:24)4because John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” (Le 18:16; Le 20:21)5And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. (Mt 11:9; Mt 21:26; Mt 21:46)6But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, (Ge 40:20)7so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.8Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.”9And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given.10He sent and had John beheaded in the prison,11and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.12And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus. (Mt 9:14)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
13Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. (Mt 15:32; Mt 16:9; Mr 6:32; Mr 8:2; Lu 9:10; Joh 6:1)14When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. (Mt 9:36)15Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” (Mt 14:22; Mt 15:23)16But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” (2Ki 4:42)17They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.”18And he said, “Bring them here to me.”19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. (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)20And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Jesus Walks on the Water
22Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. (Mt 8:18; Mr 6:45; Joh 6:15)23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, (Mr 1:35; Mr 13:35; Lu 5:16; Lu 6:12; Lu 9:28)24but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them.25And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. (Mt 14:22)26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. (Lu 24:37)27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” (De 31:6; Isa 41:13; Isa 43:1; Mt 17:7; Joh 16:33)28And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. (Joh 21:7)30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” (Mt 8:25)31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Mt 6:30; Jas 1:6)32And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. (Mt 14:30)33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Ps 2:7; Mt 3:17; Mt 8:2; Mt 14:22; Mt 16:16; Mt 26:63; Mr 1:1; Lu 1:35; Lu 4:41; Joh 1:49; Joh 6:14; Joh 10:36; Joh 11:27; Joh 20:31)
Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret
34And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. (Mr 6:53; Lu 5:1; Joh 6:24)35And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick (Mt 4:24)36and implored him that they might only touch 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)