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 !"17
They said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish."
And He said, "Bring them here to Me."19
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."28
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 ?"32
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.
Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
"Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders ? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."
And He answered and said to them, "Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition ?4"For God said, 'HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,' and, 'HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH.'5"But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,"6he is not to honor his father or his mother .' And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.7"You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:8'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS,BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.9'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.' "10
After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, "Hear and understand.11"It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."12
Then the disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement ?"
But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted.14"Let them alone ; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
Peter said to Him, "Explain the parable to us."
Jesus said, "Are you still lacking in understanding also ?17"Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated ?18"But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.19"For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.20"These are the things which defile the man ; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man."