The Gospel According to Matthew Chapter 14:1-36
Matthew 14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus
Matthew 14:2 and said to his servants, "This man is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him."
Matthew 14:3 Now Herod had arrested John, bound (him), and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip,
Matthew 14:4 for John had said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
Matthew 14:5 Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet.
Matthew 14:6 But at a birthday celebration for Herod, the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests and delighted Herod
Matthew 14:7 so much that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for.
Matthew 14:8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."
Matthew 14:9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests who were present, he ordered that it be given,
Matthew 14:10 and he had John beheaded in the prison.
Matthew 14:11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who took it to her mother.
Matthew 14:12 His disciples came and took away the corpse and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.
Matthew 14:13 When Jesus heard of it, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns.
Matthew 14:14 When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.
Matthew 14:15 When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, "This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves."
Matthew 14:16 (Jesus) said to them, "There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves."
Matthew 14:17 But they said to him, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have here."
Matthew 14:18 Then he said, "Bring them here to me,"
Matthew 14:19 and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.
Matthew 14:20 They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over - twelve wicker baskets full.
Matthew 14:21 Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.
Matthew 14:22 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
Matthew 14:23 After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.
Matthew 14:24 Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
Matthew 14:25 During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea.
Matthew 14:26 When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. "It is a ghost," they said, and they cried out in fear.
Matthew 14:27 At once (Jesus) spoke to them, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."
Matthew 14:28 Peter said to him in reply, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water."
Matthew 14:29 He said, "Come." Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
Matthew 14:30 But when he saw how (strong) the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"
Matthew 14:31 Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
Matthew 14:32 After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Matthew 14:33 Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, "Truly, you are the Son of God."
Matthew 14:34 After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.
Matthew 14:35 When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick
Matthew 14:36 and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.