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Matthew 14 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 At about this time, Herod, the regional ruler, heard what was being said about Jesus. 1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus,
2 He said to his servants, "This has to be John the Baptizer come back from the dead. That's why he's able to work miracles!" 2 and he said to his attendants, "This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him."
3 Herod had arrested John, put him in chains, and sent him to prison to placate Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. 3 Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,
4 John had provoked Herod by naming his relationship with Herodias "adultery." 4 for John had been saying to him: "It is not lawful for you to have her."
5 Herod wanted to kill him, but he was afraid because so many people revered John as a prophet of God. 5 Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered him a prophet.
6 But at his birthday celebration, he got his chance. Herodias's daughter provided the entertainment, dancing for the guests. She swept Herod away. 6 On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for them and pleased Herod so much
7 In his drunken enthusiasm, he promised her on oath anything she wanted. 7 that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
8 Already coached by her mother, she was ready: "Give me, served up on a platter, the head of John the Baptizer." 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."
9 That sobered the king up fast. Unwilling to lose face with his guests, he did it 9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted
10 - ordered John's head cut off 10 and had John beheaded in the prison.
11 and presented to the girl on a platter. She in turn gave it to her mother. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother.
12 Later, John's disciples got the body, gave it a reverent burial, and reported to Jesus. 12 John's disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
13 When Jesus got the news, he slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by himself. But unsuccessfully - someone saw him and the word got around. Soon a lot of people from the nearby villages walked around the lake to where he was. 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.
14 When he saw them coming, he was overcome with pity and healed their sick. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 Toward evening the disciples approached him. "We're out in the country and it's getting late. Dismiss the people so they can go to the villages and get some supper." 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food."
16 But Jesus said, "There is no need to dismiss them. You give them supper." 16 Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."
17 "All we have are five loaves of bread and two fish," they said. 17 "We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.
18 Jesus said, "Bring them here." 18 "Bring them here to me," he said.
19 Then he had the people sit on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples. The disciples then gave the food to the congregation. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. 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 the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
20 They all ate their fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
21 About five thousand were fed. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
22 As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.
23 With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
24 Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. 24 but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 At about four o'clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. 25 During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
26 They were scared out of their wits. "A ghost!" they said, crying out in terror. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus was quick to comfort them. "Courage, it's me. Don't be afraid." 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
28 Peter, suddenly bold, said, "Master, if it's really you, call me to come to you on the water." 28 "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
29 He said, "Come ahead." 29 "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
30 But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, "Master, save me!" 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"
31 Jesus didn't hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, "Faint-heart, what got into you?" 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"
32 The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
33 The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, "This is it! You are God's Son for sure!" 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
34 On return, they beached the boat at Gennesaret. 34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret.
35 When the people got wind that he was back, they sent out word through the neighborhood and rounded up all the sick, 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him
36 who asked for permission to touch the edge of his coat. And whoever touched him was healed. 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.