At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus
and said unto his servants, "This is John the Baptist. He is risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works show forth themselves in him."
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.
For John said unto him, "It is not lawful for thee to have her."
And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod,
whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.
And she, being beforehand instructed by her mother, said, "Give me here John the Baptist's head on a charger."
And the king was sorry; nevertheless for the oath's sake, and those who sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.
And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.
And his head was brought on a charger and given to the damsel, and she brought it to her mother.
And his disciples came, and took up the body and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
When Jesus heard of it, He departed thence by boat into a desert place apart. And when the people had heard thereof, they followed Him on foot out of the cities.
And Jesus went forth and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick.
And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a desert place and the time is now past. Send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves victuals."
But Jesus said unto them, "They need not depart. Give ye them to eat."
And they said unto Him, "We have here but five loaves and two fishes."
And He said, "Bring them hither to Me."
And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves and the two fishes; and looking up to Heaven, He blessed and broke the loaves and gave them to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
And they all ate and were filled. And they took up the fragments that remained, twelve baskets full.
And those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a boat and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.
And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up onto a mountain apart to pray. And when evening had come, He was there alone.
But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
And in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a spirit"; and they cried out for fear.
But straightway Jesus spoke unto them, saying, "Be of good cheer. It is I; be not afraid."
And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water."
And He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, "Lord, save me!"
And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him and said unto him, "O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?"
And when they had come into the boat, the wind ceased.
Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, "In truth Thou art the Son of God."
And when they had gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.
And when the men of that place learned of Him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto Him all who were diseased.
And they besought Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched were made perfectly whole.