Jesus Rejected at Nazareth1 a He went away from there and came to b his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And c on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and d many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 e Is not this f the carpenter, the son of Mary and g brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And h they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, i “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And j he could do no mighty work there, except that k he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And l he marveled because of their unbelief. m And he went about among the villages teaching.
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles7 n And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— 9 but to o wear sandals and not put on two tunics. ▼
▼ Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin10 And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. 11 And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave q shake off the dust that is on your feet r as a testimony against them.” 12 s So they went out and t proclaimed u that people should repent. 13 v And they cast out many demons and w anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.
The Death of John the Baptist14 x King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ ▼
▼ Greek hisname had become known. Some ▼
▼ Some manuscripts Hesaid aa “John the Baptist ▼
▼ Greek baptizer; also verse 24has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 ac But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is ad a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 ae For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and af bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her. 18 ag For John had been saying to Herod ah “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod ai feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he aj heard him gladly. 21 But an opportunity came when Herod ak on his birthday al gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias’s daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you am up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s ▼
▼ Greek hishead. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his ao disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand30 ap, aq The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and ar they had no leisure even to eat. 32 as And they went away in at the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and au recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he av saw a great crowd, and aw he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 ax Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, ay “You give them something to eat.” And az they said to him ba “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii ▼
▼ A denarius was a day’s wage for a laborerworth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, bc “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he bd looked up to heaven and be said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
Jesus Walks on the Water45 bf Immediately he bg made his disciples get into bh the boat and go before him to the other side bi to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them bj he went up on the mountain to pray. 47 And when bk evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about bl the fourth watch of the night ▼
▼ That is, between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.he came to them, walking on the sea. bn He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and bo were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, bp “Take heart; it is I. bq Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for br they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts bs were hardened.
Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret53 bt When they had crossed over, they came to land at bu Gennesaret and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately bv recognized him 55 and ran about the whole region and began to bring bw the sick people bx on their beds to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside by they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even bz the fringe of his garment. And ca as many as touched it were made well.
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