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Matthew 14 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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

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and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.”

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For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,[fn]

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because John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

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And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet.

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But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod,

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so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.

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

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And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given.

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He sent and had John beheaded in the prison,

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

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And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus.

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Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.

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When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

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Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

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But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”

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They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.”

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And he said, “Bring them here to me.”

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Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

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And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.

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And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

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And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,

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but the boat by this time was a long way[fn] from the land,[fn] beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them.

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And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.

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But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear.

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But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

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And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

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He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.

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But when he saw the wind,[fn] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”

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Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

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And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

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And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.

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And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick

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and implored him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.
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ESV Footnotes
Some manuscripts his brother’s wife
Greek many stadia, a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
Some manuscripts was out on the sea
Some manuscripts strong wind

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