Luke 9:1-17 American Standard Version

The Mission of the Twelve

9 1  And he called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2  And he sent them forth to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. 3  And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staff, nor wallet, nor bread, nor money; neither have two coats. 4  And into whatsoever house ye enter, there abide, and thence depart. 5  And as many as receive you not, when ye depart from that city, shake off the dust from your feet for a testimony against them. 6  And they departed, and went throughout the villages, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere.

The Death of John the Baptist

7  Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done: and he was much perplexed, because that it was said by some, that John was risen from the dead; 8  and by some, that Elijah had appeared; and by others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. 9  And Herod said, John I beheaded: but who is this, about whom I hear such things? And he sought to see him.

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

10  And the apostles, when they were returned, declared unto him what things they had done. And he took them, and withdrew apart to a city called Bethsaida. 11  But the multitudes perceiving it followed him: and he welcomed them, and spake to them of the kingdom of God, and them that had need of healing he cured. 12  And the day began to wear away; and the twelve came, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages and country round about, and lodge, and get provisions: for we are here in a desert place. 13  But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more than five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy food for all this people. 14  For they were about five thousand men. And he said unto his disciples, Make them sit down in companies, about fifty each. 15  And they did so, and made them all sit down. 16  And he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake; and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. 17  And they ate, and were all filled: and there was taken up that which remained over to them of broken pieces, twelve baskets.

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