Teaching at Nazareth1 a Jesus went out from there and came into ▼
▼ Or His own part of the country, c His hometown; and His disciples followed Him. 2 When the Sabbath came, He began d to teach in the synagogue; and the e many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such ▼
▼ Or works of powermiracles as these performed by His hands? 3 “Is not this g the carpenter, h the son of Mary, and brother of ▼
▼ Or JacobJames and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not j His sisters here with us?” And they took k offense at Him. 4 Jesus said to them, l “A prophet is not without honor except in ▼
▼ Or his own part of the country, n his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.” 5 And He could do no ▼
▼ Or work of powermiracle there except that He p laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He wondered at their unbelief. q And He was going around the villages teaching.
The Twelve Sent Out7 r And s He summoned the twelve and began to send them out t in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; 8 u and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff— no bread, no ▼
▼ Or knapsack or beggar’s bagbag, no money in their belt— 9 but ▼
▼ Lit being shod withto wear sandals; and He added, “Do not put on two ▼
▼ Or inner garmentstunics.” 10 And He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you ▼
▼ Lit go out from thereleave town. 11 “Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, z shake the dust ▼
▼ Lit under your feetoff the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.” 12 ab They went out and ▼
▼ Or proclaimed as a heraldpreached that men should repent. 13 And they were casting out many demons and ad were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.
John’s Fate Recalled14 ae And King Herod heard of it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying af “John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him.” 15 But others were saying, “He is ag Elijah.” And others were saying, “He is ah a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he kept saying, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen!” 17 For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of ai Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod aj “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 ak Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so; 20 for al Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; ▼
▼ Lit andbut he ▼
▼ Lit was hearing him gladlyused to enjoy listening to him. 21 A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday ao gave a banquet for his lords and ▼
▼ I.e. chiliarchs, in command of a thousand troopsmilitary commanders and the leading men aq of Galilee; 22 and when the daughter of ar Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and ▼
▼ Lit those who reclined at the table with himhis dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.” 23 And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you; up to at half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 Immediately she came in a hurry 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 although the king was very sorry, yet because of his oaths and because of ▼
▼ Lit those reclining at the tablehis dinner guests, he was unwilling to refuse her. 27 Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and had him beheaded 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 disciples heard about this, they came and took away his body and laid it in a tomb. 30 av The aw apostles gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and ax they did not even have time to eat.) 32 ay They went away in az the boat to a secluded place by themselves.
Five Thousand Fed33 The people saw them going, and many recognized them and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus went ▼
▼ Lit outashore, He bb saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because bc they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. 35 When it was already quite late, His disciples came to Him and said ▼
▼ Lit The“This place is desolate and it is already quite late; 36 send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves ▼
▼ Lit what they may eatsomething to eat.” 37 But He answered them, “You give them something to eat!” bf And they said to Him, “Shall we go and spend two hundred ▼
▼ The denarius was equivalent to one day’s wage, bh denarii on bread and give them something to eat?” 38 And He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look!” And when they found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 And He commanded them all to ▼
▼ Lit reclinesit down by groups on the green grass. 40 They ▼
▼ Lit reclinedsat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. 41 And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He bk blessed the food and broke the loaves and He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and they picked up twelve full bl baskets of the broken pieces, and also of the fish. 44 There were bm five thousand men who ate the loaves.
Jesus Walks on the Water45 bn Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into bo the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to bp Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the crowd away. 46 After bq bidding them farewell, He left br for the mountain to pray. 47 When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. 48 Seeing them ▼
▼ Lit harassed in rowingstraining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the ▼
▼ I.e. 3-6 a.m., bu fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them. 49 But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; 50 for they all saw Him and were ▼
▼ Or troubledterrified. But immediately He spoke with them and said to them, bw “Take courage; it is I, bx do not be afraid.” 51 Then He got into by the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished, 52 for bz they ▼
▼ Lit had not understood on the basis ofhad not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but ▼
▼ Or their mind was closed, made dull, or insensibletheir heart cc was hardened.
Healing at Gennesaret53 cd When they had crossed over they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore. 54 When they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, 55 and ran about that whole country and began to carry here and there on their pallets those who were sick, to ▼
▼ Lit where they were hearing that He wasthe place they heard He was. 56 Wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and imploring Him that they might just cf touch cg the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured.
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