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Luke 9:1-17 (New American Standard)

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Ministry of the Twelve

1 1And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. 2 And He sent them out to 2proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. 3 And He said to them, "3Take nothing for your journey, 4neither a staff, nor a abag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have btwo tunics apiece. 4 "Whatever house you enter, stay there cuntil you leave that city. 5 "And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, 5shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them." 6 Departing, they began going dthroughout the villages, 6preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. 7 7Now 8Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was happening; and he was greatly perplexed, because it was said by some that 9John had risen from the dead, 8 and by some that 10Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen again. 9 Herod said, "I myself had John beheaded; but who is this man about whom I hear such things?" And 11he kept trying to see Him. 10 12When the apostles returned, they gave an account to Him of all that they had done. 13Taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called 14Bethsaida. 11 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.

Five Thousand Fed

12 Now the day ewas 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 fsomething to eat; for here we are in a desolate place." 13 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." 14 (For there were about five thousand men.) And He said to His disciples, "Have them gsit down to eat 15in groups of about fifty each." 15 They did so, and had them all hsit down. 16 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 ipeople. 17 And they all ate and were satisfied; and jthe broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve 16baskets full.
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