Thematic Bible

Matthew 14:1 (show verse)

At that time Herod the tetrarch, hearing about the fame of Jesus,

Matthew 14:2 (show verse)

told his servants, "This is John the Baptist! He has been raised from the dead, and that's why these miracles are being done by him."

Matthew 14:3 (show verse)

Herod had arrested John, bound him with chains, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.

Matthew 14:4 (show verse)

John had been telling him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."

Matthew 14:5 (show verse)

Although Herod wanted to kill him, he was afraid of the crowd, since they regarded John as a prophet.

Matthew 14:6 (show verse)

But when Herod's birthday celebration was held, the daughter of Herodias danced before the guests. She pleased Herod

Matthew 14:7 (show verse)

so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked for.

Matthew 14:8 (show verse)

Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me, right here on a platter, the head of John the Baptist."

Matthew 14:9 (show verse)

Under pressure because of his promises and his assembled guests, the king ordered that it be done.

Matthew 14:10 (show verse)

So he sent word and had John beheaded in prison.

Matthew 14:11 (show verse)

His head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she took it to her mother.

Matthew 14:12 (show verse)

When John's disciples came, they carried off the body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.

Matthew 14:13 (show verse)

When Jesus heard this, he left that place and went by boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of it and followed him on foot from the neighboring towns.

Matthew 14:14 (show verse)

When he got out of the boat, he saw a large crowd. He had compassion for them and healed their sick.

Matthew 14:15 (show verse)

When evening had come, the disciples went to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and it's already late. Send the crowds away so that they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves."

Matthew 14:16 (show verse)

But Jesus told them, "They don't need to go away. You give them something to eat."

Matthew 14:17 (show verse)

They told him, "We don't have anything here except five loaves of bread and two fish."

Matthew 14:18 (show verse)

He said, "Bring them to me."

Matthew 14:19 (show verse)

Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and blessed them. Then he broke the loaves in pieces and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

Matthew 14:20 (show verse)

All of them ate and were filled. Then the disciples picked up what was left of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.

Matthew 14:21 (show verse)

Now those who had eaten were about 5,000 men, besides women and children.

Matthew 14:22 (show verse)

Jesus immediately had the disciples get into a boat and cross to the other side ahead of him, while he sent the crowds away.

Matthew 14:23 (show verse)

After dismissing the crowds, he went up on a hillside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.

Matthew 14:24 (show verse)

By this time the boat was in the middle of the sea and was being battered by the waves, because the wind was against them.

Matthew 14:25 (show verse)

Shortly before dawn, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.

Matthew 14:26 (show verse)

When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified and cried out, "It's a ghost!" And they screamed in terror.

Matthew 14:27 (show verse)

"Have courage!" Jesus immediately told them. "It's me. Stop being afraid!"

Matthew 14:28 (show verse)

Peter answered him, "Lord, if it's you, order me to come to you on the water."

Matthew 14:29 (show verse)

Jesus said, "Come on!" So Peter got down out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came to Jesus.

Matthew 14:30 (show verse)

But when he noticed the strong wind, he was frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, "Lord, save me!"

Matthew 14:31 (show verse)

At once Jesus reached out his hand, caught him, and asked him, "You who have so little faith, why did you doubt?"

Matthew 14:32 (show verse)

As they got into the boat, the wind stopped blowing.

Matthew 14:33 (show verse)

Then the men in the boat began to worship Jesus, saying, "You certainly are the Son of God!"

Matthew 14:34 (show verse)

They crossed over and came ashore at Gennesaret.

Matthew 14:35 (show verse)

When the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word throughout that region and brought him everyone who was sick.

Matthew 14:36 (show verse)

They kept begging him to let them touch just the tassel of his garment, and everyone who touched it was completely healed.