1 And He went out from thence, and came into his own country, and his disciples attended Him: 2 and when the sabbath was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: and many that heard Him were astonished, and said, From whence hath He these things? and what is this wisdom which is given unto Him, that even such mighty things are done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon? and are not his sisters here among us? and they were prejudiced against Him.
4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is nowhere less honoured, than in his own country, and among his relations, and his own family. 5 And He could do no miracle there, only laying his hands on a few sick people He healed them; 6 and He was amazed at their unbelief. But he went about all the villages round, teaching. 7 And He calleth unto Him the twelve, and sent them forth two and two, and gave them power over impure spirits; 8 and ordered them to take nothing for their journey, but a staff only; no bag, nor bread, nor money in their purse: 9 but to tie on their sandals, and not to put on two coats. 10 And He said unto them, wheresoever ye enter into a house, there stay till ye leave that place. 11 And whosoever will not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Sodom or Gomorrah in the day of judgement, than for that city.
12 And they went forth, and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
14 And king Herod heard of Him, (for his name was spread abroad,) and he said, John the baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore miraculous powers appear in him. 15 Others said, it is Elias: and others said, it is a prophet, or like one of the prophets.
16 But when Herod heard of Him, he said, it is John whom I beheaded, he is risen from the dead. 17 For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her: 18 For John had said to Herod, it is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. 19 Wherefore Herodias persecuted him, and would have taken away his life: 20 but could not; for Herod revered John, knowing him to be a just and holy man, and protected him: and when he heard him he did many things according to John's instructions, and heard him willingly.
21 But a convenient day happening, when Herod on his birth-night gave a supper to his lords, and chief officers, and persons of distinction in Galilee; and the daughter of Herodias coming in, 22 and dancing, and having pleased Herod and his guests, the king said to the young princess, Ask of me whatever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. 23 And he gave her his oath too, whatever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, even to the half of my kingdom.
24 And she withdrew and consulted her mother, what to ask: and she said, The head of John the baptist.
25 And immediately she came in again with eagerness to the king, and said, I desire that thou wouldst give me directly the head of John the baptist in a dish.
26 And the king was exceedingly grieved, but on account of his oath, and those who were at table with him, he would not refuse her: but immediately sent one of his guard, 27 and ordered his head to be brought: 28 and he went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a dish, and gave it to the damsel, and the damsel carried it to her mother. 29 And his disciples hearing of it, came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a sepulchre.
30 And the apostles came together to Jesus, and told Him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, Come ye yourselves apart into a retired place, and rest a little: for there were many coming and going, and they had not time even to eat. 32 And they went away privately in a ship into a desert place. 33 And the people saw them departing, and many took notice of them, and ran thither on foot from all the cities, and got before them, and came together unto Him. 34 And when Jesus came out of the ship, He saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion towards them; because they were as sheep without a shepherd: and He began to teach them many things.
35 And when it was now late in the day, his disciples came to Him, and said, this is a desert place, and it is now late: 36 dismiss them, that they may go into the country-places and villages round about, and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.
37 But He answered them, Do ye give them something to eat. And they say to Him, shall we go and buy two hundred penny-worth of bread, and give them to eat?
38 But He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they had examined, they said, Five, and two fishes.
39 And He ordered them to cause all the people to sit down by companies upon the grass: 40 and they sat down in an oblong square, an hundred by fifty. 41 And when He had taken the five loaves, and the two fishes, He looked up to heaven, and gave thanks; then He brake the loaves and gave them to his disciples, to set before them; the two fishes likewise He divided among them all. 42 And they did all eat and were fully satisfied. 43 And they took up of the fragments of the bread, and of the fishes, twelve baskets full. 44 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men.
45 And immediately He obliged his disciples to get into the ship, and to go before Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the people: 46 and when He had sent them away, He retired into a mountain to pray. 47 And when the evening was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and He alone upon the land: 48 and He saw them labouring in rowing; (for the wind was contrary:) and about the fourth watch of the night He cometh to them walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. 49 But they seeing Him walking upon the water, thought it was an apparition, and cried out: for they all saw Him and were frighted. 50 And He immediately spake to them, and saith, Be of good courage, it is I, be not afraid. 51 And He went up into the ship to them, and the wind ceased, and they were exceedingly amazed in themselves, and wondered: not considering the miracle of the loaves, 52 for their heart was stupified.
53 And they passed over and came to the country of Gennesaret, and put to shore: 54 and when they came out of the ship, immediately the people knew Him, and ran through all the country, 55 and carried about in beds those that were sick, where they heard He was. 56 And wherever He came into their towns, or cities, or villages, they laid the sick in the streets, and intreated Him that they might but touch the border of his garment, and as many as touched it were healed.