At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus,
and said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him."
For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip.
For John had been saying to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet.
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before [them] and pleased Herod,
so [much] that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
Having been prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."
Although he was grieved, the king commanded [it] to be given because of his oaths, and because of his dinner guests.
He sent and had John beheaded in the prison.
And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
His disciples came and took away the body and buried it; and they went and reported to Jesus.
Now when Jesus heard [about John], He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard [of this], they followed Him on foot from the cities.
When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.
When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, "This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves."
But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away; you give them [something] to eat!"
They said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish."
And He said, "Bring them here to Me."
Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed [the food], and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples [gave them] to the crowds,
and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets.
There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.
Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.
After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.
And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."
Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water."
And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"
When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.
And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, "You are certainly God's Son!"
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.
And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent [word] into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick;
and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched [it] were cured.
Jesus went out from there and came into His hometown; and His disciples followed Him.
When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, "Where did this man [get] these things, and what is [this] wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands?
"Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?" And they took offense at Him.
Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his [own] relatives and in his [own] household."
And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.
And He wondered at their unbelief. And He was going around the villages teaching.
And He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits;
and He instructed them that they should take nothing for [their] journey, except a mere staff-- no bread, no bag, no money in their belt--
but [to] wear sandals; and [He added], "Do not put on two tunics."
And He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town.
"Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them."
They went out and preached that [men] should repent.
And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.
And King Herod heard [of it], for His name had become well known; and [people] were saying, "John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him."
But others were saying, "He is Elijah." And others were saying, "[He is] a prophet, like one of the prophets [of old]."
But when Herod heard [of it], he kept saying, "John, whom I beheaded, has risen!"
For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her.
For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not [do so];
for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him.
A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his lords and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee;
and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you."
And he swore to her, "Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you; up to half of my kingdom."
And she went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist."
Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
And although the king was very sorry, [yet] because of his oaths and because of his dinner guests, he was unwilling to refuse her.
Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded [him] to bring [back] his head. And he went and had him beheaded in the prison,
and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard [about this], they came and took away his body and laid it in a tomb.
The apostles gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught.
And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." (For there were many [people] coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)
They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.
[The people] saw them going, and many recognized [them] and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them.
When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.
When it was already quite late, His disciples came to Him and said, "This place is desolate and it is already quite late;
send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat."
But He answered them, "You give them [something] to eat!" And they said to Him, "Shall we go and spend two hundred denarii on bread and give them [something] to eat?"
And He said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go look!" And when they found out, they said, "Five, and two fish."
And He commanded them all to sit down by groups on the green grass.
They sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties.
And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed [the food] and broke the loaves and He kept giving [them] to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all.
They all ate and were satisfied,
and they picked up twelve full baskets of the broken pieces, and also of the fish.
There were five thousand men who ate the loaves.
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of [Him] to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the crowd away.
After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.
When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land.
Seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them.
But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out;
for they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and said to them, "Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid."
Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished,
for they had not gained any insight from the [incident of] the loaves, but their heart was hardened.
When they had crossed over they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore.
When they got out of the boat, immediately [the people] recognized Him,
and ran about that whole country and began to carry here and there on their pallets those who were sick, to the place they heard He was.
Wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and imploring Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured.
And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases.
And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.
And He said to them, "Take nothing for [your] journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not [even] have two tunics apiece.
"Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that city.
"And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them."
Departing, they [began] going throughout the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was happening; and he was greatly perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,
and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen again.
Herod said, "I myself had John beheaded; but who is this man about whom I hear such things?" And he kept trying to see Him.
When the apostles returned, they gave an account to Him of all that they had done. Taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called Bethsaida.
But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He [began] speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing.
Now the day was ending, and the twelve came and said to Him, "Send the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get something to eat; for here we are in a desolate place."
But He said to them, "You give them [something] to eat!" And they said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people."
(For there were about five thousand men.) And He said to His disciples, "Have them sit down [to eat] in groups of about fifty each."
They did so, and had them all sit down.
Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke [them], and kept giving [them] to the disciples to set before the people.
And they all ate and were satisfied; and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets [full].