Matthew 14

John the Baptist Beheaded

1 a  At that
Or occasion
time c  Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus,
2and said to his servants d  This is John the Baptist;
Or he, himself
he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

3For when f  Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him g  in prison because of h  Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. 4For John had been saying to him, i  It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded
Lit him
John as k  a prophet.

6But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of l  Herodias danced
Lit in the midst
before them and pleased n  Herod,
7so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8Having been prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” 9Although he was grieved, the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths, and because of
Lit those who reclined at the table with him
his dinner guests.
10He sent and had John beheaded in the prison. 11And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12His disciples came and took away the body and buried
Lit him
it; and they went and reported to Jesus.

Five Thousand Fed

13 q  Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the
Lit the crowds
people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities.
14When He went
Lit out
ashore, He t  saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and u  healed their sick.

15When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and the hour is already
Lit past
late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”
16But Jesus said to them, They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” 17They said to Him, “We have here only w  five loaves and two fish.” 18And He said, Bring them here to Me.” 19Ordering the
Lit crowds
people to
Lit recline
sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He z  blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds,
20and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full aa  baskets. 21There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 ab  Immediately He
Lit compelled
made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.
23After He had sent the crowds away ad  He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. 24But the boat was already
Lit many stadia from; a stadion was about 600 feet or about 182 meters
a long distance from the land
Lit tormented
battered by the waves; for the wind was
Or adverse
ah  contrary.
25And in ai  the
I.e. 3-6 a.m.
fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.
26When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is ak  a ghost!” And they cried out
Lit from
in fear.
27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, am  Take courage, it is I; an  do not be afraid.”

28Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29And He said, Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ao  You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. 33And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly ap  God’s Son!”

34 aq  When they had crossed over, they came to land at ar  Gennesaret. 35And when the men of that place
Or knew
recognized Him, they sent word into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick;
36and they implored Him that they might just touch at  the fringe of His cloak; and as many as au  touched it were cured.
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