John the Baptist is Killed
1At that time Herod, the ruler of Galilee and Perea, heard reports about Jesus. 2He told his officials, “This is John the Baptist. He has risen from the dead! That’s why he has the power to do miracles.”
3-4Earlier, Herod had arrested John and tied him up and put him in prison. This was because John had been telling Herod, “It’s against the Law of Moses for you to have Herodias as your wife,” since she’d been the wife of Herod’s brother Philip. 5Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they thought John was a prophet.
6But on Herod’s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced for Herod and his guests, and she pleased Herod very much. 7He promised to give her anything she asked for. 8Her mother got her to say, “Give me the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 9The king was very upset, but because he’d made his promise in front of his dinner guests, he gave her what she asked for. 10Herod had John’s head cut off in prison, 11and it was carried in on a platter and given to the girl. She then took it to her mother. 12John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
13When Jesus heard what had happened, he went by himself in a boat to a remote place. When the crowds learned he was coming, they came out of their towns and walked over to where he would land. 14When Jesus got to shore, he found a large crowd waiting for him. Moved with compassion for them, he healed their sick people.
15When it was almost evening, the disciples came to him. “We’re in the middle of nowhere,” they told him, “and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy some food.”
16Jesus answered, “They don’t need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17“We only have five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18“Bring them here to me,” Jesus responded. 19Then he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and gave thanks for them. Then he broke them into pieces and gave them to the disciples, who gave them to the people. 20Everyone ate as much as they wanted, and afterwards the disciples picked up 12 full baskets of leftover pieces. 21Just counting the men, they fed about 5,000 people, and there were many women and children as well.
Jesus Walks on Water
22Afterwards Jesus made the disciples get right into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side of the lake while he said goodbye to the crowd. 23Once the crowd was gone, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was still up there alone. 24Then the boat the disciples were in was a long way from land. It started being pounded by the waves, because the wind was blowing against it.
25Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to the disciples, walking on the lake. 26When they saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they exclaimed, crying out in fear.
27But Jesus called out to them right away, “Don’t worry; it’s me! Don’t be afraid.”
28“If it’s really you, Lord,” Peter said, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29“Come,” Jesus said.
So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30But when Peter saw the power of the wind, he got frightened and began to sink. “Lord!” he cried out, “save me!”
31Jesus reached right out with his hand and caught him. “You have such little faith!” he said. “Why did you doubt?”
32When they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33Then those in the boat worshiped Jesus, saying, “You’re the Son of God!”
34They crossed over the lake and landed at Gennesaret. 35The people who lived there recognized Jesus and sent word all over the nearby countryside. They brought all the sick to Jesus 36and begged him to let them just touch a tassel on his clothes. Everyone who did so was healed.
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How John the Baptist Was Killed
1At that time Herod, the ruler of Galilee, heard the reports about Jesus. 2So he said to his servants, “Jesus is John the Baptist, who has risen from the dead. That is why he can work these miracles.”
3Sometime before this, Herod had arrested John, tied him up, and put him into prison. Herod did this because of Herodias, who had been the wife of Philip, Herod’s brother. 4John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to be married to Herodias.” 5Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they believed John was a prophet.
6On Herod’s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced for Herod and his guests, and she pleased him. 7So he promised with an oath to give her anything she wanted. 8Herodias told her daughter what to ask for, so she said to Herod, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” 9Although King Herod was very sad, he had made a promise, and his dinner guests had heard him. So Herod ordered that what she asked for be done. 10He sent soldiers to the prison to cut off John’s head. 11And they brought it on a platter and gave it to the girl, and she took it to her mother. 12John’s followers came and got his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
More than Five Thousand Fed
13When Jesus heard what had happened to John, he left in a boat and went to a lonely place by himself. But the crowds heard about it and followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he arrived, he saw a great crowd waiting. He felt sorry for them and healed those who were sick.
15When it was evening, his followers came to him and said, “No one lives in this place, and it is already late. Send the people away so they can go to the towns and buy food for themselves.”
16But Jesus answered, “They don’t need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17They said to him, “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish.”
18Jesus said, “Bring the bread and the fish to me.” 19Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish and, looking to heaven, he thanked God for the food. Jesus divided the bread and gave it to his followers, who gave it to the people. 20All the people ate and were satisfied. Then the followers filled twelve baskets with the leftover pieces of food. 21There were about five thousand men there who ate, not counting women and children.
Jesus Walks on the Water
22Immediately Jesus told his followers to get into the boat and go ahead of him across the lake. He stayed there to send the people home. 23After he had sent them away, he went by himself up into the hills to pray. It was late, and Jesus was there alone. 24By this time, the boat was already far away from land. It was being hit by waves, because the wind was blowing against it.
25Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water. 26When his followers saw him walking on the water, they were afraid. They said, “It’s a ghost!” and cried out in fear.
27But Jesus quickly spoke to them, “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.”
28Peter said, “Lord, if it is really you, then command me to come to you on the water.”
29Jesus said, “Come.”
And Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. 30But when Peter saw the wind and the waves, he became afraid and began to sink. He shouted, “Lord, save me!”
31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught Peter. Jesus said, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?”
32After they got into the boat, the wind became calm. 33Then those who were in the boat worshiped Jesus and said, “Truly you are the Son of God!”
34When they had crossed the lake, they came to shore at Gennesaret. 35When the people there recognized Jesus, they told people all around there that Jesus had come, and they brought all their sick to him. 36They begged Jesus to let them touch just the edge of his coat, and all who touched it were healed.
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