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1At that time Herod the tetrarch, hearing about the fame of Jesus, 2told his servants, "This is John the Baptist! He has been raised from the dead, and that's why these miracles are being done by him."
3Herod had arrested John, bound him with chains, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. 4John had been telling him, "It is not lawful for you to have her." 5Although Herod wanted to kill him, he was afraid of the crowd, since they regarded John as a prophet.
6But when Herod's birthday celebration was held, the daughter of Herodias danced before the guests. She pleased Herod 7so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked for. 8Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me, right here on a platter, the head of John the Baptist." 9Under pressure because of his promises and his assembled guests, the king ordered that it be done. 10So he sent word and had John beheaded in prison. 11His head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she took it to her mother. 12When John's disciples came, they carried off the body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
13When Jesus heard this, he left that place and went by boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of it and followed him on foot from the neighboring towns. 14When he got out of the boat, he saw a large crowd. He had compassion for them and healed their sick.
15When evening had come, the disciples went to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and it's already late. Send the crowds away so that they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves." 16But Jesus told them, "They don't need to go away. You give them something to eat." 17They told him, "We don't have anything here except five loaves of bread and two fish." 18He said, "Bring them to me." 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and blessed them. Then he broke the loaves in pieces and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20All of them ate and were filled. Then the disciples picked up what was left of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21Now those who had eaten were about 5,000 men, besides women and children.
22Jesus immediately had the disciples get into a boat and cross to the other side ahead of him, while he sent the crowds away. 23After dismissing the crowds, he went up on a hillside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. 24By this time the boat was in the middle of the sea and was being battered by the waves, because the wind was against them. 25Shortly before dawn, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified and cried out, "It's a ghost!" And they screamed in terror. 27"Have courage!" Jesus immediately told them. "It's me. Stop being afraid!"
28Peter answered him, "Lord, if it's you, order me to come to you on the water." 29Jesus said, "Come on!" So Peter got down out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came to Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he was frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, "Lord, save me!" 31At once Jesus reached out his hand, caught him, and asked him, "You who have so little faith, why did you doubt?" 32As they got into the boat, the wind stopped blowing. 33Then the men in the boat began to worship Jesus, saying, "You certainly are the Son of God!"
34They crossed over and came ashore at Gennesaret. 35When the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word throughout that region and brought him everyone who was sick. 36They kept begging him to let them touch just the tassel of his garment, and everyone who touched it was completely healed.