11At that atime2Herod the tetrarchheard the news about Jesus,
and said to his servants, "3This is John the Baptist; bhe has risen from the dead, and that is whymiraculouspowers are at work in him."
For when 4Herod had Johnarrested, he bound him and put him 5in prisonbecause of 6Herodias, the wife of his brotherPhilip.
For John had been saying to him, "7It is not lawful for you to have her."
Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regardedcJohn as 8a prophet.
But when Herod'sbirthdaycame, the daughter of 9Herodiasdanceddbefore them and pleased10Herod,
7so 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 kingcommanded it to be givenbecause of his oaths, and because of ehis dinnerguests.
He sent and had Johnbeheaded in the prison.
And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
His disciplescame and tookaway the body and buriedfit; and they went and reported to Jesus.
1311Now when Jesusheard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secludedplace by Himself; and when the gpeopleheard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities.
When He wenthashore, He 12saw a largecrowd, and feltcompassion for them and 13healed their sick.
When it was evening, the disciplescame to Him and said, "Thisplace is desolate and the hour is alreadyilate; sosend the crowdsaway, that they may go into the villages and buyfood for themselves."
But Jesussaid to them, "They do not need to goaway; you give them something to eat!"17
They said to Him, "We havehereonly14fiveloaves and twofish."
And He said, "Bring them here to Me."19Ordering the jpeople to ksitdown on the grass, He took the fiveloaves and the twofish, and looking up towardheaven, He 15blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds,
and they allate and were satisfied. They picked up what was leftover of the brokenpieces, twelvefull16baskets.
There were aboutfivethousandmen who ate, besideswomen and children.
2217Immediately He lmade the disciplesget into the boat and goahead of Him to the otherside, while He sent the crowdsaway.
After He had sent the crowdsaway, 18He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was therealone.
But the boat was alreadyma longdistance from the land, nbattered by the waves; for the wind was o19contrary.
And in 20the pfourthwatch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.
When the disciplessaw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is 21a ghost!" And they cried out qin fear.
But immediatelyJesusspoke to them, saying, "22Takecourage, it is I; 23do not be afraid."28Petersaid to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water."
And He said, "Come!" And Petergot out of the boat, and walked on the water and cametowardJesus.
But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
31ImmediatelyJesusstretched out His hand and tookhold of him, and said to him, "24You of littlefaith, why did you doubt?"32
When they got into the boat, the windstopped.
And those who were in the boatworshiped Him, saying, "You are certainly25God'sSon!"
3426When they had crossedover, they came to land at 27Gennesaret.
And when the men of that placerrecognized Him, they sent word into all that surroundingdistrict and brought to Him all who were sick;
and they implored Him that they might justtouch28the fringe of His cloak; and as many as 29touched it were cured.