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1 He left there and returned to his hometown. His disciples came along. 1 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples.
2 On the Sabbath, he gave a lecture in the meeting place. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. "We had no idea he was this good!" they said. "How did he get so wise all of a sudden, get such ability?" 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. "Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles!
3 But in the next breath they were cutting him down: "He's just a carpenter - Mary's boy. We've known him since he was a kid. We know his brothers, James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters. Who does he think he is?" They tripped over what little they knew about him and fell, sprawling. And they never got any further. 3 Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.
4 Jesus told them, "A prophet has little honor in his hometown, among his relatives, on the streets he played in as a child." 4 Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor."
5 Jesus wasn't able to do much of anything there - he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that's all. 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
6 He couldn't get over their stubbornness. He left and made a circuit of the other villages, teaching. 6 And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.
7 Jesus called the Twelve to him, and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority and power to deal with the evil opposition. 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.
8 He sent them off with these instructions: "Don't think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment. No special appeals for funds. Keep it simple. 8 These were his instructions: "Take nothing for the journey except a staff--no bread, no bag, no money in your belts.
9 9 Wear sandals but not an extra tunic.
10 "And no luxury inns. Get a modest place and be content there until you leave. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town.
11 "If you're not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don't make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way." 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them."
12 Then they were on the road. They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different; 12 They went out and preached that people should repent.
13 right and left they sent the demons packing; they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
14 King Herod heard of all this, for by this time the name of Jesus was on everyone's lips. He said, "This has to be John the Baptizer come back from the dead - that's why he's able to work miracles!" 14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus' name had become well known. Some were saying, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him."
15 Others said, "No, it's Elijah." Others said, "He's a prophet, just like one of the old-time prophets." 15 Others said, "He is Elijah." And still others claimed, "He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago."
16 But Herod wouldn't budge: "It's John, sure enough. I cut off his head, and now he's back, alive." 16 But when Herod heard this, he said, "John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!"
17 Herod was the one who had ordered the arrest of John, put him in chains, and sent him to prison at the nagging of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. 17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had married.
18 For John had provoked Herod by naming his relationship with Herodias "adultery." 18 For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
19 Herodias, smoldering with hate, wanted to kill him, but didn't dare 19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to,
20 because Herod was in awe of John. Convinced that he was a holy man, he gave him special treatment. Whenever he listened to him he was miserable with guilt - and yet he couldn't stay away. Something in John kept pulling him back. 20 because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.
21 But a portentous day arrived when Herod threw a birthday party, inviting all the brass and bluebloods in Galilee. 21 Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee.
22 Herodias's daughter entered the banquet hall and danced for the guests. She dazzled Herod and the guests. 22 When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask me for anything you want, and I'll give it to you."
23 Carried away, he kept on, "I swear, I'll split my kingdom with you if you say so!" 23 And he promised her with an oath, "Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom."
24 She went back to her mother and said, "What should I ask for?" "Ask for the head of John the Baptizer." 24 She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" "The head of John the Baptist," she answered.
25 Excited, she ran back to the king and said, "I want the head of John the Baptizer served up on a platter. And I want it now!" 25 At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: "I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
26 That sobered the king up fast. But unwilling to lose face with his guests, he caved in and let her have her wish. 26 The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her.
27 The king sent the executioner off to the prison with orders to bring back John's head. He went, cut off John's head, 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison,
28 brought it back on a platter, and presented it to the girl, who gave it to her mother. 28 and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother.
29 When John's disciples heard about this, they came and got the body and gave it a decent burial. 29 On hearing of this, John's disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
30 The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.
31 Jesus said, "Come off by yourselves; let's take a break and get a little rest." For there was constant coming and going. They didn't even have time to eat. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."
32 So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves. 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.
33 Someone saw them going and the word got around. From the surrounding towns people went out on foot, running, and got there ahead of them. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.
34 When Jesus arrived, he saw this huge crowd. At the sight of them, his heart broke - like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
35 When his disciples thought this had gone on long enough - it was now quite late in the day - they interrupted: "We are a long way out in the country, and it's very late. 35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. "This is a remote place," they said, "and it's already very late.
36 Pronounce a benediction and send these folks off so they can get some supper." 36 Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat."
37 Jesus said, "You do it. Fix supper for them." They replied, "Are you serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food for their supper?" 37 But he answered, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "That would take eight months of a man's wages ! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?"
38 But he was quite serious. "How many loaves of bread do you have? Take an inventory." That didn't take long. "Five," they said, "plus two fish." 38 "How many loaves do you have?" he asked. "Go and see." When they found out, they said, "Five--and two fish."
39 Jesus got them all to sit down in groups of fifty or a hundred - they looked like a patchwork quilt of wildflowers spread out on the green grass! 39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.
40 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.
41 He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples, and the disciples in turn gave it to the people. He did the same with the fish. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.
42 They all ate their fill. 42 They all ate and were satisfied,
43 The disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.
44 More than five thousand were at the supper. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
45 As soon as the meal was finished, Jesus insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead across to Bethsaida while he dismissed the congregation. 45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.
46 After sending them off, he climbed a mountain to pray. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
47 Late at night, the boat was far out at sea; Jesus was still by himself on land. 47 When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.
48 He could see his men struggling with the oars, the wind having come up against them. At about four o'clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the sea. He intended to go right by them. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them,
49 But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and screamed, scared out of their wits. 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out,
50 Jesus was quick to comfort them: "Courage! It's me. Don't be afraid." 50 because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
51 As soon as he climbed into the boat, the wind died down. They were stunned, shaking their heads, wondering what was going on. 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed,
52 They didn't understand what he had done at the supper. None of this had yet penetrated their hearts. 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
53 They beached the boat at Gennesaret and tied up at the landing. 53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there.
54 As soon as they got out of the boat, word got around fast. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus.
55 People ran this way and that, bringing their sick on stretchers to where they heard he was. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.
56 Wherever he went, village or town or country crossroads, they brought their sick to the marketplace and begged him to let them touch the edge of his coat - that's all. And whoever touched him became well. 56 And wherever he went--into villages, towns or countryside--they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.