And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them."
And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead,
by some that Eli'jah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen.
Herod said, "John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?" And he sought to see him.
On their return the apostles told him what they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a city called Beth-sa'ida.
When the crowds learned it, they followed him; and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and cured those who had need of healing.
Now the day began to wear away; and the twelve came and said to him, "Send the crowd away, to go into the villages and country round about, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a lonely 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 companies, about fifty each."
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)