THE MURDER OF
THE FORERUNNER OF THE
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that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus and said to
his servants, 'This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and
therefore these powers are at work in him.' For Herod had laid hold of
John and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his
brother Philip's wife. Because John had said to him, 'It is not lawful
for you to have her.' And although he wanted to put him to death, he
feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. But when
Herod's birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before
them and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her
whatever she might ask. So she, having been prompted by her mother,
said, 'Give me John the Baptist's head here on a platter.' And the king
was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of those who
sat with him, he commanded it to be given to her. So he sent and had
John beheaded in prison. And his head was brought on a platter and
given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother."
his disciples came and took away the body and buried it, and went and
told Jesus. When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a
deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they
followed Him on foot from the cities. And when Jesus went out He saw a
great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed
it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, 'This is a deserted
place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that
they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.' But Jesus said
to them, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.'
And they said to Him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.' He
said, 'Bring them here to Me.' Then He commanded the multitudes to sit
down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and
looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the
disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes; So they all
ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the
fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five
thousand men, besides women and children."
Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the
other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the
multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now
when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now [NU reads: many furlongs away from the land],
tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch
of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the
disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, 'It
is a ghost!' And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke
to them, saying, 'Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.'"
Peter answered Him and said, 'Lord, if it is You, command me to come to
You on the water.' So He said, 'Come.' And when Peter had come down out
of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw [NU brackets: that as disputed] the wind was [NU brackets: boisterous as disputed],
he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, 'Lord, save
me!' And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and
said to him, 'O you of little faith, why did you doubt?' And when they
got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat [NU omits: came and] worshiped Him, saying, 'Truly You are the Son of God.'"
"When they had crossed over, they came to the land [NU changes: of to at] Gennesaret.
And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all
that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged
Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as
touched it were made perfectly well."
taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas
Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.