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Matthew 14

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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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The Death of John the Baptist
1At that time Herod the ruler#14.1 Gk tetrarch heard reports about Jesus; 2and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead, and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” 3For Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,#14.3 Other ancient authorities read his brother's wife 4because John had been telling him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5Though Herod#14.5 Gk he wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded him as a prophet. 6But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and she pleased Herod 7so much that he promised on oath to grant her whatever she might ask. 8Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” 9The king was grieved, yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he commanded it to be given; 10he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. 11The head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who brought it to her mother. 12His disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went and told Jesus.
Feeding the Five Thousand
13Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 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 on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land,#14.24 Other ancient authorities read was out on the sea for the wind was against them. 25And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
28Peter 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, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind,#14.30 Other ancient authorities read the wind he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret
34When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him, 36and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.