At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard about Jesus, 2and he said to his servants, “This must be John the Baptist. He was raised from the dead and that’s why he has these powers working in him.” 3Now, Herod arrested John, chained him up, and put him in prison because of his brother Philip’s wife, Herodias. 4John said to him, “It’s illegal for you to have her.” 5Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the crowd because they believed John was a prophet. 6But on Herod’s birthday, Herodias’ daughter danced in the middle of the room and pleased Herod, 7so that he swore to her to give her whatever she wanted. 8She was told by her mother to say, “Give to me, here on a platter, John the Baptist’s head.” 9The king grieved, but because of his oaths and his guests sitting with him, he commanded it to be done, 10and sent to have John’s head cut off in the prison. 11His head was brought on a platter and given to the young girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12His disciples came and carried the corpse and buried John, then came to tell Jesus.
13When Jesus heard about this, he left in a boat and went to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard about this and followed him on foot from the cities. 14Jesus came ashore and saw the huge crowd. He had compassion for them and healed their sick. 15When the evening came, his disciples came to him and said, “This place is deserted and it’s getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and get themselves something to eat.” 16Jesus said to them, “They don’t need to go away. Give them something to eat.” 17His disciples said, “We don’t have any food here except five loaves of bread and two fish.” 18Jesus said, “Bring them to me.” 19He told the crowd to sit on the grass, he took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up into heaven, blessed it, broke the bread, and gave it to the disciples and they gave it to the crowd. 20Everybody ate until they were full. They picked up the leftovers, and it filled twelve baskets. 21There were five thousand men eating, not including women and small children.
22Jesus immediately told the disciples to get into the boat and go across the sea ahead of him while he sent the crowd away. 23After he did that, he went up a hill by himself and prayed. Evening came and he was there alone. 24The boat was already many miles from land and was being hit by waves because the wind was against them. 25But in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them walking around on the water. 26The disciples were troubled at seeing him walking around. They said, “He’s a ghost,” and they shouted in fear. 27Jesus immediately said to them, “Be brave, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.” 28Peter said to him, “Master, if it’s you, then command me to walk to you on the water.” 29Jesus said, “Come,” and Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30But seeing that the wind was strong, he became afraid and began to drown. He shouted, “Master! Save me!” 31Jesus stretched out his hand, grabbed him and said, “You faithless man. Why did you doubt?” 32When they got back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33Everyone in the boat worshiped him and said, “You really are the Son of God!”
34They crossed over and came to the land at Gennesaret. 35The men there recognized him and sent word around the country for the sick to be brought to him. 36They begged him so they could just touch the edge of his clothes, and everyone who touched was fully healed.
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