Matthew 14:1-21 American Standard Version

The Death of John the Baptist

14 1  At that season Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus, 2  and said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore do these powers work in him. 3  For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. 4  For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. 5  And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. 6  But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and pleased Herod. 7  Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she should ask. 8  And she, being put forward by her mother, saith, Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist. 9  And the king was grieved; but for the sake of his oaths, and of them that sat at meat with him, he commanded it to be given; 10  and he sent and beheaded John in the prison. 11  And his head was brought on a platter, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. 12  And his disciples came, and took up the corpse, and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

13  Now when Jesus heard [it], he withdrew from thence in a boat, to a desert place apart: and when the multitudes heard [thereof,] they followed him on foot from the cities. 14  And he came forth, and saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. 15  And when even was come, the disciples came to him, saying, The place is desert, and the time is already past; send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves food. 16  But Jesus said unto them, They have no need to go away; give ye them to eat. 17  And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18  And he said, Bring them hither to me. 19  And he commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass; and he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes. 20  And they all ate, and were filled: and they took up that which remained over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21  And they that did eat were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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