1 And He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples
2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many
hearing Him were astonished, saying, Where did this Man get these things? And what
wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such works of power are performed by His
3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of Jacob, Joses, Judas, and
Simon? And are not His sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him.
4 But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor except in his own country,
among his own kindred, and in his own house.
5 And He could do no work of power there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick
people and healed them.
6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. And He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.
7 And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and
gave them authority over unclean spirits,
8 and commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff; no bag, no bread,
no copper in their money belts;
9 but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics.
10 And He said to them, In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart
from that place.
11 And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Truly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.
12 So they went out and preached that people should repent.
13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and
14 Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, John the Immerser has been raised from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.
15 Others said, It is Elijah. And others said, It is a prophet, or like one of the prophets.
16 But when Herod heard, he said, This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead.
17 For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison because of
Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her.
18 For John had said to Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.
19 Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but was not able;
20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected
him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
21 Then an opportune day came when Herod on his birthday made a feast for his nobles,
the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee.
22 And when Herodias' daughter herself came in and danced, and pleased Herod and
those who sat with him, the king said to the girl, Ask me whatever you want, and I will
give it to you.
23 He also swore to her, Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my
24 So she went out and said to her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Immerser.
25 And immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, I want you to give me on a platter at once the head of John the Immerser.
26 And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those
who sat with him, he did not want to slight her.
27 And immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be
brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison,
28 brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.
29 And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took away his corpse and laid it in
30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done
and what they had taught.
31 And He said to them, Come apart by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.
For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have opportunity to eat.
32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.
33 But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot
from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him.
34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with
compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began
to teach them many things.
35 And when the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, This is a
deserted place, and already the hour is late.
36 Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy
themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.
37 But He answered and said to them, You give them something to eat. And they said to
Him, Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something
38 But He said to them, How many loaves do you have? Go and see. And when they
found out they said, Five, and two fish.
39 Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass.
40 So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties.
41 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to Heaven,
blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the
two fish He divided among them all.
42 So everyone ate and was filled.
43 And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish.
44 And those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.
45 And immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the
other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away.
46 And when He had sent them away, He departed into the mountain to pray.
47 And when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on
48 And He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. And about the
fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed
49 And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried
50 for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, Be of good courage. It is I; do not be afraid.
51 And He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly
amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.
52 For they did not understand about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.
53 And when they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and drew to
54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him,
55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those
who were sick to wherever they heard He was.
56 And wherever He entered into villages, cities, or in the country, they laid the sick in
the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment.
And as many as touched Him were made well.