Matthew 14

The Death of John the Baptist

1 At that time a Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus 2 and said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him." 3 b For Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. 4 Because John had said to him, c "It is not lawful for you to have her." 5 And although he wanted to put him to death, he feared the multitude, d because they counted him as a prophet. 6 But when Herod's birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. 7 Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. 8 So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, "Give me John the Baptist's head here on a platter." 9 And the king was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he commanded it to be given to her. 10 So he sent and had John beheaded in prison. 11 And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 Then his disciples came and took away the body and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

13 e When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He f was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15 g When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food." 16 But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." 17 And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." 18 He said, "Bring them here to Me." 19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, h He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus 1 made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 i And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. j Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now 2 in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him k walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, 3 "Be of good l cheer! 4 It is I; do not be afraid."

28 And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." 29 So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw 5 that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of m little faith, why did you doubt?" 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those who were in the boat 6 came and worshiped Him, saying, "Truly n You are the Son of God."

Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret

34 o When they had crossed over, they came 7 to the land of Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, 36 and begged Him that they might only p touch the hem of His garment. And q as many as touched it were made perfectly well.

  1. Cross References
    Mark 6:14 - 29
    Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, "John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.
    Luke 9:7 - 9
    Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 4:12
    Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee.
    Mark 6:17
    For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her.
    Luke 3:19
    But Herod the tetrarch, being rebuked by him concerning Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done.
    Luke 3:20
    Also added this, above all, that he shut John up in prison.
  3. Cross References
    Leviticus 18:16
    You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother's wife; it is your brother's nakedness.
    Leviticus 20:21
    If a man takes his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing. He has uncovered his brother's nakedness. They shall be childless.
  4. Cross References
    Matthew 21:26
    "But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet."
    Luke 20:6
    "But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet."
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 10:23
    When they persecute you in this city, flee to a...
    Matthew 12:15
    But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there....
    Mark 6:32 - 44
    So they departed to a deserted place in the boa...
    Luke 9:10 - 17
    And the apostles, when they had returned, told ...
    John 6:1
    After these things Jesus went over the Sea of G...
    John 6:2
    Then a great multitude followed Him, because th...
  6. Cross References
    Matthew 9:36
    But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
    Mark 6:34
    And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.
  7. Cross References
    Mark 6:35
    When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, "This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late.
    Luke 9:12
    When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, "Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.
  8. Cross References
    1 Samuel 9:13
    "As soon as you come into the city, you will su...
    Matthew 15:36
    And He took the seven loaves and the fish and g...
    Matthew 26:26
    And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, bles...
    Mark 6:41
    And when He had taken the five loaves and the t...
    Mark 8:7
    They also had a few small fish; and having bles...
    Mark 14:22
    And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, bles...
    Luke 24:30
    Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table wit...
    Acts 27:35
    And when he had said these things, he took brea...
    Romans 14:6
    He who observes the day, observes it to the Lor...
  9. Cross References
    Mark 6:46
    And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.
    Luke 9:28
    Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
    John 6:15
    Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.
  10. Cross References
    John 6:16
    Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea.
  11. Cross References
    Job 9:8
    He alone spreads out the heavens, And treads on the waves of the sea.
  12. Cross References
    Acts 23:11
    But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.
    Acts 27:22
    And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
    Acts 27:25
    Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.
    Acts 27:36
    Then they were all encouraged, and also took food themselves.
  13. Cross References
    Matthew 6:30
    Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
    Matthew 8:26
    But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 2:7
    I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to...
    Matthew 16:16
    Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Chr...
    Matthew 26:63
    But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answ...
    Mark 1:1
    The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, th...
    Luke 4:41
    And demons also came out of many, crying out an...
    John 1:49
    Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You...
    John 6:69
    "Also we have come to believe and know that You...
    John 11:27
    She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You...
    Acts 8:37
    Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your...
    Romans 1:4
    And declared to be the Son of God with power ac...
  15. Cross References
    Mark 6:53
    When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there.
    Luke 5:1
    So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret.
  16. Cross References
    Mark 5:24 - 34
    So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
  17. Cross References
    Matthew 9:20
    And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.
    Mark 3:10
    For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him.
    Luke 6:19
    And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.
    Acts 19:12
    So that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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