Chapter 14Matthew


1 At that :season Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus, 2 and said to his †:servants, This is John the Baptist; HE is risen from the dead; and therefore the powers work in him. 3 For :Herod had laid hold on :John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, the wife of Philip his :brother. 4 For :John was saying to him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. 5 And he would have slain him, but feared the crowd, because they deemed him a prophet. 6 But when :Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of :Herodias danced in the midst, and pleased :Herod. 7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she should ask. 8 And she, put forward by her :mother, saith, Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist. 9 And the king, grieved for the sake of the oaths, and of them that sat at meat with him, commanded it to be given; 10 and he sent and beheaded John in the prison. 11 And his :head was brought on a platter, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her :mother. 12 And his :disciples came, and took up the corpse, and buried him and went and told :Jesus. 13 Now when :Jesus heard it, he withdrew thence in a boat, to a desert place apart: and the crowds heard it, and followed him on foot from the cities. 14 And he came forth, and saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, and healed their :sick. 15 And when evening was come, the disciples came to him, saying, The place is desert, and the hour is already past; send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves food. 16 But :Jesus said to them, They have no need to go away; give YE them to eat. 17 And they say to him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18 And he said, Bring them hither to me. 19 And he commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass, took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looked up to :heaven, blessed and brake, and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowds. 20 And all ate, and were filled: and they took up what remained over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21 And they that ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. 22 And straightway he constrained the disciples to enter into a boat, and to go before him unto the other side, till he should send the crowds away. 23 And having sent the crowds away, he went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the boat was now many furlongs distant from the land, distressed by the waves; for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came unto them, walking upon the sea. 26 And the disciples seeing him walking on the sea were troubled, saying [that] It is a ghost; and cried out for :fear. 27 But straightway :Jesus spake to them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And :Peter answered and said to him, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee upon the waters. 29 And he said Come. And Peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters and was coming to :Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he was afraid; and as he began to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And straightway :Jesus stretched forth his :hand, and took hold of him, and saith to him, Thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were gone up into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, Truly thou art God’s Son. 34 And they crossed over and came to the land, unto Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that :place knew him, they sent into all that :region round about, and brought to him all the ailing, 36 and besought him that they might only touch the border of his :garment: and as many as touched were made whole.