Matthew 14:1-21 New American Standard Bible

The Death of John the Baptist

14 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus , 2  and said to his servants , " This is John the Baptist ; he has risen from the dead , and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him." 3  For when Herod had John arrested , he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias , the wife of his brother Philip . 4  For John had been saying to him, " It is not lawful for you to have her." 5  Although Herod wanted to put him to death , he feared the crowd , because they regarded John as a prophet . 6  But when Herod's birthday came , the daughter of Herodias danced before e them and pleased Herod , 7  so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever e she asked . 8  Having been prompted by her mother , she said , "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist ." 9  Although he was grieved , the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths , and because of his dinner guests . 10  He sent and had John beheaded in the prison . 11  And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl , and she brought it to her mother . 12  His disciples came and took away the body and buried it; and they went and reported to Jesus .

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

13  Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself ; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities . 14  When He went ashore , He saw a large crowd , and felt compassion for them and healed their sick . 15  When it was evening , the disciples came to Him and said , "This place is desolate and the hour is already late ; so send the crowds away , that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves ." 16  But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away ; you give them something to eat !" 17  They said to Him, "We have here only e e five loaves and two fish ." 18  And He said , "Bring them here to Me." 19  Ordering the people to sit down on the grass , He took the five loaves and the two fish , and looking up toward heaven , He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples , and the disciples gave them to the crowds , 20  and they all ate and were satisfied . They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces , twelve full baskets . 21  There were about five thousand men who ate , besides women and children .

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