Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there.
Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them."
They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere.
Now Herod the ruler a heard about all that had taken place, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead,
by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the ancient prophets had arisen.
Herod said, "John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?" And he tried to see him.
On their return the apostles told Jesus b all they had done. He took them with him and withdrew privately to a city called Bethsaida.
When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured.
The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, "Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place."
But he said to them, "You give them something to eat." They said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people."
For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, "Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each."
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