Matthew 14:1-21 Revised Standard Version

The Death of John the Baptist

14 1  At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus; 2  and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him." 3  For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife; 4  because John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her." 5  And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. 6  But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Hero'di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod, 7  so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. 8  Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter." 9  And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given; 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  And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

13  Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14  As he went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. 15  When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." 16  Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." 17  They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." 18  And he said, "Bring them here to me." 19  Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20  And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21  And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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