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Matthew 14 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The Death of John the Baptist

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:1 - When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee,[fn] heard about Jesus,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:2 - he said to his advisers, “This must be John the Baptist raised from the dead! That is why he can do such miracles.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:3 - For Herod had arrested and imprisoned John as a favor to his wife Herodias (the former wife of Herod’s brother Philip).

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:4 - John had been telling Herod, “It is against God’s law for you to marry her.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:5 - Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of a riot, because all the people believed John was a prophet.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:6 - But at a birthday party for Herod, Herodias’s daughter performed a dance that greatly pleased him,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:7 - so he promised with a vow to give her anything she wanted.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:8 - At her mother’s urging, the girl said, “I want the head of John the Baptist on a tray!”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:9 - Then the king regretted what he had said; but because of the vow he had made in front of his guests, he issued the necessary orders.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:10 - So John was beheaded in the prison,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:11 - and his head was brought on a tray and given to the girl, who took it to her mother.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:12 - Later, John’s disciples came for his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus what had happened.
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:13 - As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:14 - Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:15 - That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:16 - But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:17 - “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:18 - “Bring them here,” he said.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:19 - Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:20 - They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:21 - About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!
Jesus Walks on Water

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:22 - Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:23 - After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:24 - Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:25 - About three o’clock in the morning[fn] Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:26 - When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:27 - But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here![fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:28 - Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:29 - “Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:30 - But when he saw the strong[fn] wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:31 - Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:32 - When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:33 - Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:34 - After they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:35 - When the people recognized Jesus, the news of his arrival spread quickly throughout the whole area, and soon people were bringing all their sick to be healed.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 14:36 - They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.
NLT Footnotes
Greek Herod the tetrarch. Herod Antipas was a son of King Herod and was ruler over Galilee.
Greek In the fourth watch of the night.
Or The ‘I AM’ is here; Greek reads I am. See Exod 3:14.
Some manuscripts do not include strong.
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