1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the reputation of Jesus 2and said to his court, 'This is John the Baptist himself; he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.' 3Now it was Herod who had arrested John, chained him up and put him in prison because of Herodias,his brother Philip's wife. 4For John had told him, 'It is against the Law for you to have her.' 5He had wanted to kil him but was afraid of the people, who regarded John as a prophet. 6Then, during the celebrations for Herod's birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before thecompany and so delighted Herod 7that he promised on oath to give her anything she asked. 8Prompted by her mother she said, 'Give me John the Baptist's head, here, on a dish.' 9The king was distressed but, thinking of the oaths he had sworn and of his guests, he ordered it to begiven her, 10and sent and had John beheaded in the prison. 11The head was brought in on a dish and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. 12John's disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went off to tell Jesus. 13When Jesus received this news he withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be bythemselves. But the crowds heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after him on foot. 14So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them and healed their sick. 15When evening came, the disciples went to him and said, 'This is a lonely place, and time has slippedby; so send the people away, and they can go to the vil ages to buy themselves some food.' 16Jesus replied, 'There is no need for them to go: give them something to eat yourselves.' 17But they answered, 'All we have with us is five loaves and two fish.' 18So he said, 'Bring them here to me.' 19He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and thetwo fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. And breaking the loaves he handed them to hisdisciples, who gave them to the crowds. 20They al ate as much as they wanted, and they col ected the scraps left over, twelve baskets full. 21Now about five thousand men had eaten, to say nothing of women and children. 22And at once he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he sentthe crowds away. 23After sending the crowds away he went up into the hil s by himself to pray. When evening came, hewas there alone, 24while the boat, by now some furlongs from land, was hard pressed by rough waves, for there was ahead-wind. 25In the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea, 26and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. 'It is a ghost,' they said, andcried out in fear. 27But at once Jesus cal ed out to them, saying, 'Courage! It's me! Don't be afraid.' 28It was Peter who answered. 'Lord,' he said, 'if it is you, tel me to come to you across the water.' 29Jesus said, 'Come.' Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across thewater, 30but then noticing the wind, he took fright and began to sink. 'Lord,' he cried, 'save me!' 31Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. 'You have so little faith,' he said, 'why did you doubt?' 32And as they got into the boat the wind dropped. 33The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, 'Truly, you are the Son of God.' 34Having made the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35When the local people recognised him they spread the news through the whole neighbourhood andtook al that were sick to him, 36begging him just to let them touch the fringe of his cloak. And al those who touched it were saved.
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