And He went out from thence and came into His own country, and His disciples followed Him.
And when the Sabbath day had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, "From whence hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joses, and of Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?" And they were offended at Him.
But Jesus said unto them, "A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house."
And He could do no mighty works there, except that He laid His hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
And He marveled because of their unbelief. And He went round about the villages teaching.
And He called unto Him the twelve, and began to send them forth two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits,
and commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only -- no wallet, no bread, and no money in their purse,
but be shod with sandals, and not put on two coats.
And He said unto them, "In whatever place ye enter into a house, there abide until ye depart from that place.
And whosoever shall not receive you nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city."
And they went out and preached that men should repent.
And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.
And King Herod heard of Him, for His name was spread abroad. And he said, "John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and therefore these mighty works show forth themselves in him."
Others said, "It is Elijah," and others said, "It is a prophet, or like one of the prophets."
But when Herod heard of it, he said, "It is John, whom I beheaded; he is risen from the dead."
For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and had bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her.
For John had said unto Herod, "It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife."
Therefore Herodias had an inward grudge against him and would have killed him, but she could not;
for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and holy, and kept him safe. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
And when a convenient day had come, when Herod on his birthday gave a supper for his lords, high officers, and chief officials of Galilee,
and when the daughter of the said Herodias came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, "Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it to thee."
And he swore unto her, "Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it to thee, unto the half of my kingdom."
And she went forth and said unto her mother, "What shall I ask?" And Herodias said, "The head of John the Baptist."
And she came back straightway with haste unto the king and asked, saying, "I will that thou give me at once on a charger the head of John the Baptist."
And the king was exceedingly sorry, yet for his oath's sake and for their sakes who sat with him, he would not reject her.
And immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded John's head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison,
and brought his head on a charger and gave it to the damsel; and the damsel gave it to her mother.
And when John's disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse and laid it in a tomb.
And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught.
And He said unto them, "Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure, even so much as to eat.
And they departed into a desert place by boat privately.
And the people saw them departing, and many recognized Him and ran thither on foot out of all the cities and outdistanced them, and came together unto Him.
And Jesus, when He came out, saw many people and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.
And when the day was now far spent, His disciples came unto Him and said, "This is a desert place, and now the day is far spent.
Send them away, that they may go into the country round about and into the villages and buy themselves bread, for they have nothing to eat."
He answered and said unto them, "Give ye them to eat." And they said to Him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread and give them to eat?"
He said unto them, "How many loaves have ye? Go and see." And when they knew, they said, "Five, and two fishes."
And He commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties.
And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, He looked up to Heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and He divided the two fishes among them all.
And they all ate and were filled.
And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments and of the fishes.
And those who ate of the loaves were about five thousand men.
And straightway He constrained His disciples to get into the boat, and go to the other side before Him unto Bethsaida, while He sent away the people.
And when He had sent them away, He departed onto a mountain to pray.
And when evening had come, the boat was in the midst of the sea; and He was alone on the land.
And He saw them toiling in rowing, for the wind was contrary unto them. And about the fourth watch of the night, He came unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
But when they saw Him walking upon the sea, they supposed it was a spirit and cried out,
for they all saw Him and were troubled. And immediately He talked with them, and said unto them, "Be of good cheer! It is I; be not afraid."
And He went up unto them and into the boat, and the wind ceased. And they were sore amazed within themselves beyond measure and wondered,
for they had considered not the miracle of the loaves, as their hearts were hardened.
And when they had crossed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.
And when they had come out of the boat, straightway the people recognized Him,
and ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry on beds those who were sick to where they heard He was.
And whithersoever He entered, into villages or cities or the country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought Him that they might touch even the border of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made whole.