THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
2. Rejection by the Heathen Tetrarch
1 aAt that time bHerod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,
2 And he said to his servants, This is aJohn the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead, and because of this these bworks of power 1are operating through him.
3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in aprison on account of bHerodias, the wife of Philip his brother.
4 For John had been saying to him, It is anot lawful for you to have her.
5 And though he desired to kill him, he feared the crowd because they aheld him as a bprophet.
6 But when Herod's abirthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in their midst and pleased Herod;
7 Hence, he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
8 And she, being instigated by her mother, said, Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.
9 And the king was grieved, yet because of the oaths and those reclining at table with him, he commanded it to be given.
10 And he sent men and 1beheaded John in the prison.
11 And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
12 And his adisciples came and took the corpse and buried it; and they came and reported the matter to Jesus.
13 aAnd when Jesus heard this, He 1withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place privately. And when the crowds heard of it, they 2followed Him on foot from the cities.
3. The Miracle of Feeding Five Thousand
14 And going forth, He saw a great crowd, and He was moved with acompassion for them and healed their sick.
15 Now when evening fell, the disciples came to Him, saying, This place is deserted and the hour is already 1late. Send the crowds away that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.
16 But Jesus said to them, They do not need to go away. You 1agive them something to 2eat.
17 And they said to Him, We do not have anything here except five 1loaves and two 1fish.
18 And He said, 1Bring them here to Me.
19 And after commanding the crowds to 1recline on the grass, He took the afive loaves and the two fish, and 2blooking up to heaven, He cblessed and 3dbroke the loaves and 4gave them to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowds.
20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was left over of the abroken pieces, 1twelve handbaskets full.
21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, apart from women and children.
4. The Miracle of Walking on the Sea
22 aAnd immediately He 1compelled the disciples to step into the boat and to go before Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.
23 And after He sent the crowds away, He went up to the mountain privately to 1apray. And when 2night fell, He was there alone.
24 Now the boat was already 1in the midst of the sea, being battered by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the 1fourth awatch of the night He came to them, 2bwalking on the sea.
26 And the disciples, seeing Him walking on the sea, were astartled, saying, It is a ghost! And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus talked to them, saying, Take acourage. 1It is I. Do bnot be afraid.
28 And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.
29 And He said, Come. And Peter, coming down from the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
30 But 1seeing the strong wind, he became frightened; and as he began to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, asave me!
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him and said to him, You of alittle faith, why did you 1bdoubt?
32 And when they got up into the boat, the 1wind ceased.
33 And those who were in the boat aworshipped Him, saying, Truly You are the 1bSon of God.
5. Healing by the Fringe of the King's Garment
34 aAnd they crossed over and came to land at bGennesaret.
35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent word into all that surrounding region and brought to Him all who were ill.
36 And they begged Him that they might only touch the 1afringe of His garment. And as many as btouched were completely 2healed.