131Now when Jesusheard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secludedplace by Himself ; and when the apeopleheard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities.
When He wentbashore, He 2saw a largecrowd, and feltcompassion for them and 3healed their sick.
When it was evening, the disciplescame to Him and said, "Thisplace is desolate and the hour is alreadyclate ; 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 havehereonly4fiveloaves and twofish."
And He said, "Bring them here to Me."19Ordering the dpeople to esitdown on the grass, He took the fiveloaves and the twofish, and looking up towardheaven, He 5blessed 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, twelvefull6baskets.
There were aboutfivethousandmen who ate, besideswomen and children.
227Immediately He fmade the disciplesget into the boat and goahead of Him to the otherside, while He sent the crowdsaway.
After He had sent the crowdsaway, 8He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray ; and when it was evening, He was therealone.
But the boat was alreadyga longdistance from the land, hbattered by the waves ; for the wind was i9contrary.
And in 10the jfourthwatch 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 11a ghost !" And they cried out kin fear.
But immediatelyJesusspoke to them, saying, "12Takecourage, it is I; 13do 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, "14You 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 certainly15God'sSon !"
3416When they had crossedover, they came to land at 17Gennesaret.
And when the men of that placelrecognized Him, they sent word into all that surroundingdistrict and brought to Him all who were sick ;
and they implored Him that they might justtouch18the fringe of His cloak ; and as many as 19touched it were cured.