1 At that time, Herod the tetrarch, hearing of the fame of Jesus,
2 said to his servants, This is John the Immerser; he is raised from the dead and therefore miracles are performed by him.
3 For Herod had caused John to be apprehended, imprisoned, and bound, on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife;
4 for John had said to him, It is not lawful for you to have her.
5 And Herod would have put him to death, but was afraid of the populace, who accounted him a prophet.
6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and pleased Herod,
7 wherefore he swore he would grant her whatever she would ask.
8 She being instigated by her mother, said, Give me here, in a basin, the head of John the Immerser.
9 And the king was sorry; nevertheless, from a regard to his oath and his guests, he commanded that it should be given her.
10 Accordingly John was beheaded in the prison by his order.
11 And his head was brought in a basin, and presented to the young woman; and she carried it to her mother.
12 After which, his disciples went and brought the body, and having buried it, came and told Jesus.
13 When Jesus heard this, he embarked privately; and retired into a desert place; of which the people being informed followed him by land out of the cities.
14 Observing, as he landed, a great multitude, he had compassion on them, and healed their sick.
15 Toward the evening, his disciples accosted him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past, dismiss the multitude, that they may go to the villages; and buy themselves provisions.
16 Jesus answered, They need not go. Supply them yourselves.
17 They said to him, We have here but five loaves and two fishes.
18 He replied, Bring them hither to me.
19 Then having commanded the people to recline upon the grass, he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking toward heaven, blessed them; then breaking the loaves, he gave them to the disciples, and they distributed them among the people.
20 When all had eat, and were satisfied, they carried off twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.
21 Now they that had eat were about five thousand men; besides women and children.
22 Immediately he obliged the disciples to embark and pass over before him, while he dismissed the multitude.
23 Having dismissed the multitude, he retired by himself to a mountain to pray, and remained there alone.
24 By that time the bark was half way over, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 In the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
26 When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, being terrified, they exclaimed, An apparition! and cried out for fear.
27 Jesus immediately spoke to them, saying, Take courage; it is I, be not afraid.
28 Peter answering, said to him, If it be you, Master, bid me to come to you on the water.
29 Jesus said, Come. Then Peter getting out of the bark, walked on the water toward Jesus.
30 But finding the wind boisterous, he was frightened; and beginning to sink, cried, Master, save me.
31 Jesus instantly stretching out his hand, caught him; and said to him, Distrustful man, wherefore did you doubt?
32 When they had gone aboard, the wind ceased.
33 Then those in the bark came, and prostrated themselves before him, saying, You are assuredly God's son.
34 Having passed over, they landed on the territory of Gennesaret;
35 the inhabitants of which knowing him, sent through all that country, and brought to him all the diseased,
36 who besought him to let them touch but a tuft of his mantle; and as man as touched were cured.